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Old 09-16-2007, 08:50 AM   #1
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how to sort alphabetically in Pages?

I'm writing a paper on Pages, to which I've just switched and I was wondering how to sort my bibliography alphabetically. I don't want to put it in a table -- just in text. In Word you just click this A->Z thing. Is there an equivalent in Pages?
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Old 09-16-2007, 10:46 AM   #2
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I can not see how it can be done?? apart from in a table.
You could have the cell borders to none...
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Old 09-16-2007, 10:54 AM   #3
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Doesn't seem anyway to do this natively. Note Pages.app does have an extensive Applescript dictionary, which could be used to write custom commands.
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Old 09-16-2007, 05:21 PM   #4
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surely this is a massive oversight on Apple's part...
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Old 09-16-2007, 06:17 PM   #5
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surely this is a massive oversight on Apple's part...

massive? dunno about that, but it might be worth a feature request at the bug reporter...

as a workaround, you use the Convert Text To Table command, sort the table, and then reverse it with the Convert Table To Text command. a little more inconvenient, granted. or as bramley noted, you could write an applescript for it and store it in the script menu.
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Old 09-16-2007, 09:15 PM   #6
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hey tw, great idea! thanks. that works for me. is there a keyboard shortcut for these 2 functions?
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Old 09-16-2007, 09:43 PM   #7
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hey tw, great idea! thanks. that works for me. is there a keyboard shortcut for these 2 functions?

well, no... and Pages seems resistant to setting keyboard shortcuts through the keyboards & mouse control panel. Apple, I swear... you can never tell if they're being idiots because they're going to come out with something super-cool in the next generation of software; or if they're being idiots because... well... they're idiots.

looks like you're going to have to run the menus (format>table>convert...) for now, or else GUI script it
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Old 09-17-2007, 03:37 AM   #8
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surely this is a massive oversight on Apple's part...

Note Apple do not sell Pages.app as a replacement for Word. If you are engaged on a project that requires Word, then use Word.
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Old 09-17-2007, 09:33 PM   #9
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thanks tw. bramley, whether not Apple officially intends Pages.app to replace Word is besides the point, I think. most users want to use one application for word processing, because we treat school assignments, academic articles, letters, etc as pretty much the same thing. It's odd to say, "Let's use Pages for newsletters and funny things like that, but let Word deal with the academic publications."
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