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.


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 '15 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 '15 at 19:01

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