Add text

If you’re using a blank template, just start typing to add text to the body of your document. If you’re using a template with placeholder text, select the placeholder text, then type your own text.

To include text that’s not part of the main body, such as text in a sidebar, add a text box to the document, then enter text in it. You can also add text inside a shape.

Add a new text box

  1. Type your own text to replace the placeholder text.

  2. Drag the text box to where you want it on the page.

    If you can’t move the box, click outside the box to deselect the text, then click the text once to select its text box.

  3. If you want to resize the text box, do one of the following:

    • If the text overfills the box: Select the text box, then drag the clipping indicator (+) until all text is showing.

    • If the text box is too large or too small for its text: Select the text box, then drag any selection handle (the squares around the border).

    Text box showing selection rectangles and clipping indicator.

To delete a text box, select it, then press Delete.

Enter special characters and symbols

You can insert special characters in text, such as mathematical symbols; letters with accent marks; arrows and emoticons; Japanese, Chinese, and Korean characters; and more.

  1. Click where you want the character or symbol to appear.

  2. Choose Edit > Special Characters (from the Edit menu at the top of your computer screen) to open the Characters window.

  3. Click an icon at the bottom of the Characters window to choose a category of characters (click the left or right arrows to see more categories).

  4. Click the character you want to insert.

For information about using keyboards and input methods for other languages, go to Help > Help Center (from the Help menu at the top of your computer screen) and search for “Input menu.”

Use dictation to enter text

You can dictate text in Pages when dictation is turned on in Dictation & Speech preferences on your Mac.

To learn how to set up and use dictation, see Mac Help:

  • Click the desktop to switch to the Finder, choose Help > Mac Help, then search for “Use Dictation to create messages and documents.”