iPages - Typeover Text Function

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by GovtLawyer, Mar 14, 2010.

  1. GovtLawyer macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2008
    I can't seem to find a way to type in text without causing everything to the right of it to move to the right. In other words, I'd like to typeover spaces or other text as opposed to inserting it between text or spaces already there.

    Hope I made that clear. When I was using WordPerfect on Windows I simply used an insert button on the keyboard.
  2. mysterytramp macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    You're clear ... and the answer is that particular function is practically unknown in Mac software. You might see it in Word, but that's about it. I don't believe it is in Pages -- which if the spirit moves, you might want to tell Apple to add it in the next revision with the "Provide Pages Feedback" function.

    I think it goes back to proportional fonts and how weird it looks when an "m" replaces an "i" and vice versa. You can, of course, select text and type and the selection will be replaced.

  3. GovtLawyer thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2008

    That's interesting. A funny thing I noticed when I switched from being a 20 year Windows user to a Mac about a year ago. By and large, the Mac runs circles around a PC and I am as happy as can be that I switched. However, there are little things, like the typeover function, which are not in a Mac or just weirdly different, which surprises me. Maybe I will send a note to Apple.

    Thanks for your answer.
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Two things:
    • It is Pages, not iPages.
    • Overstriking is usually a means to an end rather than an end in itself. Perhaps, there is another way to do it. What are your trying to accomplish by overstriiking?
  5. PeggyD macrumors 6502a

    Jan 9, 2007
    Covington, WA, USA
    Definitely send feedback to the Pages team. This is the main way they find out what users need/want.

    BTW, it's just Pages, no "i" (& iWork has no "s"). I sometimes think Apple's naming is just to keep us on our toes! :)
  6. GovtLawyer thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 6, 2008
    Its a useful function

    Suppose I have a template with a


    If I enter the name, the date gets pushed to the right. With typeover, it stays where it is. That's just one of many times I could use that function.

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