The new version of Pages has the format bar (i.e. the bar where you change the font size, typeface, alignment, spacing, etc.) on the right of the document:

Pages 5.0

I want it to be on the top of the document like in Pages 4.3 (Pages '09):

Pages 4.3

How can I accomplish this?

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    No, you can do nothing. At least until 5.01, or reverting to '09.
    – GEdgar
    Commented Nov 11, 2013 at 2:18
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    Sorry I do not know the solution...but this arrangement is absolutely comfortable to me! In future versions Apple may please see that this is not removed.
    – Liberlike
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 12:32
  • Good question, I tried to do this, too. My research resulted in that there's no possibility to do that yet... hopefully Apple adds it in later updates...
    – TooAToB
    Commented Nov 12, 2013 at 14:18

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This is not possible in Pages 5.0.

If your wish for a format bar above the document outweighs any benefit from Pages 5.0, you can continue to use iWork '09.

You can also notify Apple that you would like this feature implemented using their Pages feedback page:

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    I sent Apple a feature request via the feedback page you linked. Hopefully they will ameliorate this annoying issue soon. Thank you for your answer!
    – JSW189
    Commented Nov 19, 2013 at 21:00
  • I don't mind having the format bar in the right during normal editing mode, but for full-screen mode it's absolutely crucial. A 'dark'/night mode for fullscreen is definitely necessary as well.
    – JFW
    Commented Feb 14, 2014 at 22:24

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