I'm trying to adjust a simple template in Pages version 5.2 but can't for the life of my figure out how to change the existing layout such that the text spans the full width of the page.

I've turned on Show Layout and tried adjusting the left Document Margin to 0 but it's still indented by about 4.5cm and that throws the footer and header too far to the left. The Ruler won't allow me to drag the slider any further left than the edge of the layout.

Changing the Column settings doesn't do it either. My Indents settings are all set to 0. I'm completely at a loss as to how to do this.

I've had no issue changing the top, bottom and right margins, but the left margin seems to have this welded in inset.

The following screen snap of the standard Business Letterhead template (with markup in red) indicates what I am trying to achieve.

example screen snap from Pages

My thinking is there is some weird margin applied, but I don't know where it is set. I can not move the blue tip (see image below)

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How can the tip to the left be moved? Right now it is 'blocked'.

  • hmmm intriguing
    – Alexander
    Apr 18, 2014 at 15:16
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    I am having the exact same problem. Changing the margin to 0 doesn't change the margin at all. The blue tip is still there and can't be dragged. Apr 18, 2014 at 18:42
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    I am wondering if this is template specific thing. I been banging my head at this for a day.
    – GnrlBzik
    Aug 3, 2014 at 4:02

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Note the 'DOCUMENT' icon at the far right of the very top of the document. Click on the Document Icon ... You will see a formatting screen similar to the 'older' inspector. The margin details are below "Document Body"

You need to select text in the body and then change the Document left margin from 2.69 inches to 1 inch.

Also, you might need to remove the left items. Depending on how thorough you want to be, update the body style to match the new definition, but at that point once the left margin is something more sane like 1" - you can fix your indents if desired by dragging the tab stops in the ruler.

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    I tried this the first time I saw this question — it changes the entire page layout, scaling the indent rather than removing it.
    – grg
    Apr 18, 2014 at 15:29
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    Alas that doesn't actually work. Even if I set the left margin to 0 it's still indented by about 4.5cm.
    – Dave Sag
    Apr 23, 2014 at 8:40
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    This didn't work for me. My document left margin is set to 0, but is stuck about an inch over.
    – user24201
    May 20, 2014 at 17:47

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