If you own any kind of Apple device, you’ve probably used a productivity suite called iWork.
A software package made by Apple to rival Microsoft Office, iWork includes Pages, a sleek and capable word processor; Numbers, a graph and chart tool; and Keynote, a haute design version of PowerPoint. Each is available to use across multiple platforms, whether on your Mac, an iPhone or iPad, or remotely in a Web browser.
Apple updates each program regularly, so it would be easy to miss some of the more helpful features it’s added. Below, a collection of tips that will keep you efficient and productive in iWork, no matter what device you use.
ON THE MAC
Monitor the length of your document in characters, words, and pages.
To do this, click the View button in the upper-left corner of Pages.
You’ll see a drop-down menu, and at the very bottom there’ll be an option to Show Word Count.
When you click it, a bubble with the number of words in your document will appear at the bottom of the page you’re working on. As you scroll, it’ll stay there.
From there, you have the option to drag it around with your mouse. Or, by clicking the up and down arrows on the right, ask it to calculate other metrics about your document, such as pages, paragraphs, characters, and characters not including spaces.
Quickly calculate the sum or average of numbers in a cell chart.