I'm having problems trying to place images inside a Pages document. I simply cannot get the images to stay where they need to be whilst ensuring they move to the next page if they don't fit on the current.

The Arrange sidebar for my image looks like this:

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But this is what happens when I try to place an image in a target location near the bottom of a page:

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Is this a fundamental limitation of Pages, or is there some way to get image placement to behave sanely?

UPDATE: per Krams' suggestion, I tried dragging from the top of the image. Here is the result:

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As you can see, the image still does not position correctly. To help get this answered, I have also created a repro Pages document that you can download here. This document allows you to experience exactly what I'm experiencing.


Your object arrangement placement is set to align text "Above and below" your object/s.

Your grab position on the image (whilst moving) is determining your placement on the page prior (as the point in which the image becomes visible on that page). As Pages is unable to show the image at the lower section of that page at the point of where your mouse grab position is clear of bottom margin, it has to force the text "below" the image.

Grab the image at the top of the object and try again, you should have some room to move onto the previous page and leave some space for text to remain above.

That said, you won't be able to see your whole image as it is too large to physically place all those elements into the same physical space... it's a time-space-continuum issue or so I've heard. :-p

Good luck.

  • All I want is for the image to be placed at the point indicated. If that requires pushing all text below to a new page, so be it. If it implies pushing the image itself to a new page as well, so be it. Are you saying Pages cannot do this? Apparently Microsoft Word has solved the space-time continuum issue... – Kent Boogaart Jul 25 '15 at 8:51
  • Did you try what I said? Grab the image more towards the top-of-the-image, then do the same drag move up to previous page. You will see that your mouse-pointer position on the image greatly influences how it is represented on the previous page. Instead of Pages having to present the top 3/4's of your image (as you had it), it might only have to display (initially) top 1/4 of the image (as you move to previous page). So, this then allows for some text above the image to remain. The image will be off (below) the page mostly (as it's too large), and the text displaced will move to next page. – Kram Jul 25 '15 at 14:58
  • In terms of my answer, the credible/official source is by actually replicating your scenario in Pages, and doing as I indicated, and it worked. :-) – Kram Jul 25 '15 at 15:06
  • yes, of course I tried what you said - I should have pointed that out. It doesn't work much better. Will post an update to the question shortly. – Kent Boogaart Jul 26 '15 at 1:08
  • please see my updates, including a repro Pages document to demonstrate exactly what I'm trying to fix – Kent Boogaart Jul 26 '15 at 1:37

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