Pages and Word in page formatting? Same as Word?

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  1. mktb macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I'm a student, and I'm wondering if (if adjusted for identical margins and everything) if a Times New Roman 12pt page of text in Pages will look the same as a TNR 12pt page of text in Word.

    Or will Pages be off by a degree?

    Thanks.
     
  2. chilipie macrumors 6502a

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    I don't know if it would be absolutely identical, but there shouldn't be a big enough difference to be a problem.
     
  3. r.j.s Moderator emeritus

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    They should be the same, I dont have both, so I cant check.
     
  4. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    That will depend. Margins are one variable. Another is line spacing. Another is widow and orphan control. The last two in particular aren't handled in exactly the same way by Pages and Word, or any other two word processors I suspect.
     
  5. Brammy macrumors 6502a

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    There's a difference in how Pages handles line spacing over Word's. For short documents, you won't notice, but say a 7 page paper in Pages might be a 6.75 page paper in Word.
     
  6. portent macrumors 6502a

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    Even sometimes, between Word on two different computers.
     
  7. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    You bet. This is why I laugh when somebody says they need to use Word for "complete compatibility." Good luck with that.
     

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