Open blank document in pages

james948

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Hey there, this has been bugging me for ages.
When I open Pages or Numbers or Keynote or even text edit, I don't want to see a save window or a template picker; I just want a blank document to open. How can I make this so? It used to be like this, I believe.

Fairly basic question but I can't find the answer anywhere.
 

DeltaMac

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Open a new document, which can be blank, if that is what you need.
Save it, without making any modifications other than the file name, or modify to use the settings that YOU want, such as fonts and margins. Save that file
And, use that as a quick-to-open template for your own blank document.

TextEdit preferences allow you to set a new document in the format that you need.
Pages preferences has a setting for New documents, where you can either have the template chooser open (the default), or have a template of your choice open when you launch Pages. That template can be the Pages default blank, or it can be a blank page with the settings for font, etc, that you prefer.

I think you can do something similar in prefs with Numbers and Keynote.
 

james948

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The problem is that I always get this:

and THEN the Template picker.
 

DeltaMac

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Right. Something is strange about your settings. You could reset your Pages settings to defaults.
Or, easier, you COULD just save an unmodified blank template, then just double-click on that saved file to launch Pages. That would immediately open your custom blank template, bypassing the picker screen.
 

james948

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I'm using default folder. That could be it. But I'd like to be able to open it normally.
 

DeltaMac

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Launch Pages.
Go into Preferences.
General tab, under "For New Documents:", Click "Use template: Blank", instead of "Show Template Chooser"
 

james948

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Thanks! That works in the sense that it stops me seeing the Template Chooser but when I open a new document it still prompts me to choose a place to open a document from instead of presenting me with a brand new document.
[doublepost=1460738137][/doublepost]Like this; it's so annoying.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/812352/Opening.mp4

Just open a blank document every time. How hard can that be?
 

ApfelKuchen

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I understand that you want to have this as an option, though I wonder how many others would. It almost seems a hold-over from the days of typewriters, when it was a pain to properly align a typed page that had been removed and then reinserted (And carbons? Fugedaboudit!). There was a major incentive to keep typing until the document was done or you reached the bottom of the sheet, whichever came first. I'm sure I started with a fresh sheet of paper 99.9% of the time.

But with computers? I definitely do not want to spawn a new document every time I open an app like Mail, Pages, Numbers, or TextEdit. They've made picking up where I left off a painless experience.

Pages has several default behaviors when it opens, not one. If there are open documents when you quit Pages, those documents will reopen when next you open Pages. That's the way I do it. I only close a document when I know I won't need it for a while.

If there are no open documents when you quit Pages, when you next open Pages you get a chooser window that includes a New Document button. I find that convenient, too, the few times it happens. I don't know from one session to the next whether I'd want to resume work on an existing document or create a new one.

I can certainly imagine someone wanting to "clear the desk" before quitting an app. I find it harder to imagine someone who only creates new documents when they open an app of this sort.

I'm sure this can be managed with a little bit of AppleScript (not that you should have to learn AppleScript just for this purpose - but someone may have a script they can share with you).
 
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