blog post: selecting text across page boundries

The following is a post I had on the applevis site, but i’m modifying it a bit. This shows how to select text across pages in the pages app in osx.


At the time of this writing, and for a year preceding, you cannot select text across pages in pages as it would highlight. This is with voiceover on. I emailed apple about this with no response. I get the feeling that more of us must submit feedback about this. I even put a youtube video about this with no results.
Yet, others can reproduce this. I don’t know why apple cannot or will not fix the issue

I decided to write a guide based on an email I received on how to select text across pages in pages or any other text editor. Following is how to do this. Any comments can go in the disqus frame.


Here is a quick written tutorial on how to select text across page boundaries in pages or any other text editor. This is a quote from an email I received. You will need to follow the directions. A blank line is left between what is to be pasted in to the file.

Note: I prefer to use text edit for my editing and saving of these documents. Remember to hit cmd shift t to change to text before following the below directions.


As mentioned in the above paragraph you will need to paste this in to a text edit document. Because I’m writing this in mark up separating this should be easy. Just copy the paragraph below the instructions.

Open a TextEdit document and paste in the following without the quotes:

“{ “^y” = “yankAndSelect:”; //control-y “^@” = “setMark:”; //control-@ “^w” = “deleteToMark:”; //control-w “^x” = { //control-x control-x “^x” = “selectToMark:”; }; “^ ” = “setMark:”; //control-space “~f” = “moveWordForward:”; //option-f “~b” = “moveWordBackward:”; //option-b }”

Save the document as:


You’ll need to change the extension to .dict manually. You can do this in the save dialogue. If text edit complains, click the use .dic button.

Next steps

After saving the document let’s say on your desktop you will need to go to your user library by going to the Go menu in Finder and using the VO keys to navigate down to Library. You will need to do this if you did not show the library in the show column dialogue (cmd j) in the finder. Alternatively you can just hit cmd shift g and type


in to the dialogue, pressing enter at the end.

Create a folder Called KeyBindings and put the .dict document into it.

From now on, you should be able to select text in any text editing application by pressing Ctrl-Space to mark the beginning of the selection, and Ctrl-x-x to mark the end of the selection. Everything in between will be selected, including page breaks.


Now that you have a temporary fix for pages, you can now select text across page boundaries like a non voice over would do. Until apple gets this fixed, feel free to use this work around. I hope this helps. I modified the email just a bit to explain some points. If you have any questions feel free to ask in the comments section of this post..

a look at the new facebook pages manager app for ios released june 2014

I take a look at the newely updated facebook pages manager and all it has to offer. There are some accessibility issues, the main one beeing the 4 tabs, if you will, at the bottom of the screen.

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blog post: a butg that needs to be fixed in pages.

The following is a youtube video I sent to apple regarding this nasty pages bug that I and some others found regarding this almost wonderful piece of software.

This is a bug that seriously needs to be fixed, and fixed in a hurry. Here is how to reproduce if you want to try.

How to reproduce

  • Create a document that spans more then 1 page.
  • Select text from 1 page to another, for example, 2 lines on page one then an additional 2 lines on page 2
  • Notice that the selection you just did on page 1 becomes unhighlighted. This can be verified with vo f6

the problem

This can make selecting text that spans more then 1 page difficult, almost nearly impossible. People can do this with a mouse so why can’t we do this with voice over? The work around is to put a page brake in above the text you want to select. This is counter intuitive in my opinion. If you forget to take the page brake out it will look a bit odd and jumpy when it comes time to print the document out, or turn it in, or what not. Apple really needs to fix this bug. I have emailed apple regarding this; here is their response thus far on March 24, 2014.


Thank you for your email.  We appreciate the feedback and will pass this on to the appropriate people for their consideration. >

this have been their emails to me over the past few years so we’ll see what if anything happens in a minor update. I also encourage you all to maybe call the hot line as well at 877-204-3930 and show them the issue. The more of us that are professionally nice about this and can show them what happens, I think they will be more inclined to fix the issue, and it will help them solve the issue as well..

I want to know what response you get from apple as well regarding this, also leave a review on the mac app store regarding pages and this bug.

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