I have a rather large Pages document that has many sections. I need to break each of those sections out into their own Pages documents.

I am using Pages 5.5.3.

Can this be done easily? Right now I'm in cut and paste mode.


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Although you could script this in AppleScript since Pages is scriptable, I've never had enough sections to make the time spent crafting a script worth the time needed to figure out the syntax.

I simply duplicate the document as many times as needed in finder, batch rename them using Finder.

If you had 64 sections, I would use a "binary search" approach.

  • split the document in 2
  • split in 4
  • split by 8
  • split by half

I've never liked copy/paste since things get odd sometimes. Chopping out the unneeded parts always seems to work better for me, but your manual copy/paste method also will work.

  • That's an interesting approach to the problem.
    – dhempler
    Sep 15, 2015 at 18:57
  • @dennis.hempler Sorry to offer a brute force approach. The zip file and xml structure of a pages document makes the tools I would normally use poor choices.
    – bmike
    Sep 15, 2015 at 19:01

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