How to Make Pages, Numbers and Keynote Open New Blank Documents Every Time

Ease of use is great. Templates are great. I like being able to choose a template for a presentation, spreadsheet or document when I use iWork apps, Pages, Numbers or Keynote.

Or at least, I liked it once, but those times I do are becoming increasingly less frequent as I become more familiar with these apps.

These days I really want to just open the app and launch a blank new document, rather than needing to click again in order to choose a blank item in Template Chooser.

Here’s how to do it:

  • Open the app (Pages, Keynote, Numbers)
  • Open the application Preferences
  • On the ‘For New Documents’ dialog toggle ‘Use template: Blank

In future you’ll just open a new document when you want to launch the app.

One more thing: If you don’t want a blank document and use another existing (or self-made) template in your work, you can also choose the template you want the app to open, just tap the Change Template…  button in Preferences to choose the one you want to use.

What if I Want to Use a Template?

Want to use Template chooser? To get back to Template Chooser just enable it in application preferences. However, if you don’t use it very often you can get to it from within a blank application document using the trusty Option key.

  • In an iWork app open the File item in the application menu
  • Hold down the Option button and you’ll see that New has become New from Template Chooser (or Theme Chooser in Keynote).
  • Tap this, choose the required template, and you’re off.

Always check what difference the Option key makes whatever app you are using. It’s a gold mine of surprises!

Now take a look at these 12 hard to find Pages tips.

Jonny Evans

Watching Apple since 1999. I don't say what they should do. I say what they might do. They sometimes do.

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