This is how you use an ornamental capital letter in Pages

The iWork apps have had an extensive update this week. One of the new things is that you can now use an ornamental capital letter (or: initial). This is a large letter at the beginning of a text or paragraph; you know it from magazines, newspapers, and books. We show you how to add such an initial.

Decorative capital Pages on Mac

  • Open a Pages document on Mac and make sure the cursor is somewhere in the text.
  • Click Format at the top right.
  • At the bottom of the panel put a check mark for “Ornamental capital letter”.
  • The button to the right of it lets you choose from a number of preset styles.

Do you want to embellish the letter even more? You can with the three options below.

  • With “Rules” you indicate how many rules must be high in the initial.
  • With “Characters” you indicate how many letters the initial must contain.
  • Via “Options” you get all kinds of advanced possibilities to play with the appearance of the initial.

Ornamental capital letter Pages on iPhone

  • Open a Pages document on iPhone and make sure the cursor is somewhere in the text.
  • Click on the brush.
  • Swipe all the way down and set the toggle behind “Ornamental Capital” to orange.
  • Choose one of the preset styles below.
  • Just like on the Mac, you can get all kinds of advanced options to play with the appearance of the initial via “Ornamental capitalization options”.

Extra stand out

Would you like to make the decorative letter stand out even more? Then choose a different font for the first letter. That may well be a more curly or busier font. For readability, keep the rest of the running text calm with a common letter.

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