I'm not sure how I can set the default page size for Pages '09. For some reason, every time I set the page size as A4, it defaults back to US Letter.

I've tried setting these settings:

  • Settings: Save as default
  • Format For: Any Printer
  • Paper Size: A4

But the settings won't let me choose the 'save as default' option and goes back to Page Attributes.

2 Answers 2


change the region under System Preferences > International > Formats. I believe that most of the region settings will cause Pages to default to ISO paper sizes (such as A4). The only ones I know of which result in US Letter are United States, United States (Computer), and Canada.

If all you care about is the paper size for new blank documents, you can always save a custom template with your preferred page setup, use that, and not touch your system settings.


You could go to System Preferences » Print & Scan and at the bottom of the screen, there is a dialog box for "Default paper size". Select A4 there.

This should change the default page size across all programs, not just Pages.

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    Ah yes. I've tried this as well, but to no avail - US Letter was still the default option in Pages, for some reason.
    – JFW
    Oct 12, 2011 at 6:54

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