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I have a layout in Pages that I want to turn into a template. Here is what I have so far:

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The green rectangle is an inserted shape. I'd like to use that as a title bar basically and put text on top of it. The other thing, I'd like to be able to do create a "title" template of sorts and whenever I need a title page, insert that template page and go from there.

How do I do this?

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When you have a Pages document, you can always go to File -> Save as Template

After you’ve saved it, whenever you chose New -> From Template Chooser, you have a small section that says “My Templates”:

Template Chooser

Your “Custom” templates should appear there.

For the second part of your question, what you need is what Pages call a section. The steps for creating a new section are pretty straightforward and you can find a lot of information on google, see samples here and here (find the part where a new section is created).

In short: Insert a “Section Break”, edit it, change the styles, add what you want (see the links to see tips about different things you can do, like having a different ‘first page’ than the rest, etc.).

Once you’re happy with your “section”, make sure the ‘caret’ (cursor) is blinking in any part of the section and go to Format -> Advanced -> Capture Pages:

The result is a sheet dialog like this:

Capture Pages

Give it a name, make sure it includes the pages you want (1, 2, 3 or all, depending upon the complexity of your idea, in your case it would be ‘First Page Only’) and finally save the document as a “Template”.

The page(s) you’ve used to create a Section can be safety deleted before you save the template (unless you want your template to always start with those pages by default), because you have captured them as a section, they will always be available under the new template.

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