How can i open a new blank document in Pages app on Mac OSX Yosemite in Spotlight (and therefore in Alfred)?

Now, when i open Pages it first presents me with New document dialog and then Select Template dialog. Of course i click my way through all the prompts but it would be much more convenient to bring up Spotlight (or better yet Alfred) and just type something like Pages /n and go straight to typing.

  • And Terminal command to do the same would be great, too
    – ruslaniv
    Aug 28, 2015 at 4:56

1 Answer 1


Part of the problem can be eliminated by selecting a default template in the Preferences.

Pages preferences

Then, when opening from Spotlight or Alfred, a click on the new document button opens your default template. [Blank in the case of the setting shown above.]

Then, one could create an Automator or Applescript workflow that is attached to a service evoked by a keystroke combination.

Edit: OP @Rusl added this Applescript to a keystroke combination.

tell application "Pages"
  make new document
end tell
  • Thanks for making me think in right direction. Here is the Apple Script that I've bound to a shortcut that will open a blank new Page document. Also, if I run this script from Alfred it will also open a blank new Page document. tell application "Pages" activate make new document end tell
    – ruslaniv
    Aug 30, 2015 at 8:19
  • Great! I'll add your script to the answer for future reference.
    – bjbk
    Aug 30, 2015 at 12:32

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