This issue occurs for me constantly in Mac Pages. When I want to update a style, such as changing line-spacing or fonts, the "Update" button will not appear next to the selected style in the format section. Therefore I cannot make global changes to the style.

Sometimes I am able to "force" the button to appear by changing line spacing to a different number then click Update, then change it back, then click Update again. But this does not always cause the Update button to appear either. The appearances are totally random.

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  • Does this problem occur with a particular file? Which version of Pages are you using? I can't reproduce this issue with the latest version on the files I typically work with. Apr 22, 2019 at 15:32
  • I've seen it in different files.
    – nich
    Apr 22, 2019 at 20:04
  • I believe you. However, unless I can reproduce the issue, I won’t be able to help you. Can you reproduce the problem on another Mac with Pages? You still haven’t provided the version you’re using. Apr 23, 2019 at 4:45
  • Version 7.3. I do not have access to another Mac, unfortunately.
    – nich
    Apr 23, 2019 at 19:14

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I think this has to do with your current selection. I think Pages makes a distinction between paragraph and character styles, just like MS-Word (bleh). I seem to remember that in older versions of Pages this was a bit more obvious (are character styles even a thing in Pages anymore?). In typical Apple fashion, things seem to be handled "automagically" now.

I'm using v8.2.1 here, and I seem to be able to get the "Update" button on the style whenever the current selection is clearly "an entire paragraph". Line spacing will always be a paragraph-only property, so the "Update" button will appear, even if the selection isn't just a paragraph. Changing the color of a single word on the other hand, will not offer the "Update" button. But the button does appear when you select an entire paragraph first, and then change the color.

I still keep a copy of good ol' Pages '09 around, because it has some features that are still missing in the rewrite (mirrored page margins for example). I'm not a fan of this type of "productivity" software, but Pages is the least annoying of the bunch (MS-Word being the worst, Google Docs way too limited for anything serious).

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