I feel like I'm missing something, but maybe this is just a flaw in the software.

Whenever I draw diagrams in Pages, or insert images, they seem to just float there, and if I change text above, it causes the text to go past the image I inserted. For example, if I have a paragraph of text that references "the diagram below", and I add another paragraph above it, the diagram would now be above the paragraph of text because it doesn't move with the text as its editing.

  • Which version of pages are you using?
    – dwightk
    Apr 4, 2014 at 14:48
  • 1
    5.1. Apparently there's an App Store update, which I'll do now, but I doubt that'll make a difference Apr 4, 2014 at 14:50
  • Updated, and the problem is actually worse - inserting something pushes headers, text etc. out of the way which isn't what I want Apr 4, 2014 at 14:54
  • Is there such thing as place holder?
    – Ruskes
    Apr 4, 2014 at 16:26
  • Had a look and there doesn't seem to be, nope Apr 4, 2014 at 16:55

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Pages allows for several ways to insert graphics and either float them or anchor with the text.

Dragging in a image or object

Press Command as you drag and the blinking cursor will indicate the insertion point

This will keep the picture relative to the text where it was inserted.

Working with the Inspector

The settings for objects are found in the Inspector.

Stay on Page

This will anchor the image or object relative to the page regardless of the text added.

Move with Text

This will allow the image to move with the text as more is added. Essentially anchoring the image to a place in the text so that when text is added above the insertion point, the image will move down the page along with the text.

Object Placement

  • The "move with text" is bugged as hell, even in the 6.3.1.
    – clt60
    Nov 20, 2017 at 19:49
  • Yep, buggy. Hopefully improvements are on the way.
    – bjbk
    Nov 20, 2017 at 20:19

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