why is pages so f*$&#$ difficult to use


macrumors 68030
Original poster
Oct 7, 2003
I opened pages to make a resume. I want to change the background color so i make a shape, and send it to the background and then i can edit any of the text that was there previously in the template. it is the most counter intuitive program i have ever used.

i would love some help.


macrumors 68000
Oct 22, 2009
So did you managed to use it? Or was this thread created so that you could rant about it? :confused:


macrumors 604
Feb 13, 2011
Baltimore, Maryland
In the menubar, make the color (object) floating and the alignment "none". Then, Arrange>Send objects to background and Arrange>Make objects selectable unchecked.

Next is the odd part. If the object doesn't cover the whole page, you can click outside it and start editing the text. But when it covers the whole page, you've got to do some sort of combo of left clicking and right clicking to get text editing back. Or, I think you can just click the "Outline" button twice to get back to text editing.

Counterintuitive? Yes!


macrumors 603
Jun 24, 2010
I don't know. 6 months of Pages and I got much more good-looking documents than in 15 years of using MS Word and that because, for me, Pages is much easier to use than Word. YMMV though.