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Old Oct 13th, 2009, 11:41 AM   #1
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Shortcut highlight text in Pages 09

I'm a university student : highlighting text is essential. I know how to do it manually in Pages 09, but this becomes long when I have hundreds of pages to go through per week. I've been underlining instead, but I'd much rather be able to highlight.
Any shortcuts? Or ways to get around this?
If I switch to Open Office will I have the same problem?

2nd question : How do I save a pages document to a specific folder? I only get the option for my documents or a few recent places. Do I really have to go organize My documents after saving?

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I'm a university student : highlighting text is essential. I know how to do it manually in Pages 09, but this becomes long when I have hundreds of pages to go through per week. I've been underlining instead, but I'd much rather be able to highlight.
Any shortcuts? Or ways to get around this?
If I switch to Open Office will I have the same problem?

2nd question : How do I save a pages document to a specific folder? I only get the option for my documents or a few recent places. Do I really have to go organize My documents after saving?

THanks!
First question: to answer this, I need to make sure you know about quick selecting, so bear with me here. You may or may not know that you can quickly select a large amount of text by simply placing the cursor at the start of the text to be selected, then move to the end of the text to be selected, and hold the SHIFT key down THEN click to place the cursor at the end point. Everything between the original cursor placement and the new one will be selected.

Now to "highlighting." If by this you mean "change the background behind selected text to a different colour, like say yellow," then just click on the little "a" symbol next to the "text colour" box in the text toolbar and choose yellow, then "click away" from the selection to see the change. Easy peasy.

Second question: in the "save" dialog you may notice a small blue box with an arrow pointing down next to the "save as" name. Click on that and you should be able to navigate to EXACTLY where you'd like to save your document.

As a tip however, let me suggest that instead of saving documents *outside* your user account's "Documents" folder, you should instead make subfolders in there for types of documents. You can even do this "on the fly" when saving by pressing the "Make New Folder" button.
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Old Nov 11th, 2009, 11:17 PM   #3
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First question: to answer this, I need to make sure you know about quick selecting, so bear with me here. You may or may not know that you can quickly select a large amount of text by simply placing the cursor at the start of the text to be selected, then move to the end of the text to be selected, and hold the SHIFT key down THEN click to place the cursor at the end point. Everything between the original cursor placement and the new one will be selected.

Now to "highlighting." If by this you mean "change the background behind selected text to a different colour, like say yellow," then just click on the little "a" symbol next to the "text colour" box in the text toolbar and choose yellow, then "click away" from the selection to see the change. Easy peasy.

Second question: in the "save" dialog you may notice a small blue box with an arrow pointing down next to the "save as" name. Click on that and you should be able to navigate to EXACTLY where you'd like to save your document.

As a tip however, let me suggest that instead of saving documents *outside* your user account's "Documents" folder, you should instead make subfolders in there for types of documents. You can even do this "on the fly" when saving by pressing the "Make New Folder" button.
You really haven't answered his question. He means changing the background colour. He is obviously fine with the speed of normal highlighting, since he's been underlining the text instead.
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