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Copy Before Submitting Web Forms

Filling in Web forms (like the one used to submit this tip) can be a bit of a gamble - you put in your pearls of wisdom, perhaps only to lose them all if the Web page flakes out or the browser crashes. Instead of losing all your text, "save" it by pressing Command-A to select all and then Command-C to copy the selected text to the clipboard. Do this periodically as you type and before you click Submit, and you may "save" yourself from a lot of frustration. It takes just a second to do, and the first time you need to rely on it to paste back in lost text, you'll feel smart.

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“Take Control of Pages” Adds Lists, Sections, and Tables of Contents

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We have now posted the second significant update to our “Take Control of Pages” pre-book at Leanpub. The update, available for free to purchasers of the pre-book, offers a new chapter on organizing your work by using sections, tables of contents, and list styles, including how to use list styles to create headings in structured documents. Subsequent free updates to the pre-book will include chapters on layout tools, file exporting, templates, and using objects in Pages documents.favicon follow link

Check out the Take Control ebooks that expand on the topic in this article:

Work effectively in Apple's Pages word processor with essential guidance from author Michael E. Cohen. You'll learn the best ways to create short and long documents, master the layout tools, and deal with compatibility issues, whether you want to work in Pages 5 for OS X 10.10 Yosemite on the Mac, Pages 2 for iOS 8, Pages for iCloud, or a combination of those apps.


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Derek Currie  An apple icon for a TidBITS Contributor 2014-03-14 13:57
Just a thought, but donning my flame proof jumpsuit anyway: Considering that this is a vaporous book, how about charging less than $15 for those willing to, essentially, invest in the possibility of the book? I personally see nothing attractive about this situation, as is. I've personally been burned by similar situations in the past and am reluctant to participate again.
Michael E. Cohen  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-03-14 14:15
Virtual, perhaps, but hardly vaporous: the book already comprises over 140 pages, 90 figures, and more than 34,000 words. I've delivered two update installments to the original release already, and am working on the third (or would be if I weren't responding to this comment at the moment 😉).

Nor would the book cost you $15: as a TidBITS member, you can purchase it at a 30% discount.

Furthermore, when you purchase a book through Leanpub you can get a complete refund for 45 days from the date of purchase, so there's pretty much no risk of getting burned.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2014-03-14 15:14
And further yet, we have always offered a full satisfaction guarantee with all of our books, regardless of anything else.

Put simply, we wouldn't have done the book in this fashion if we weren't entirely comfortable that we'd be able to deliver.