Pages for macOS is an elegant app, offering plenty of options for creating gorgeous documents. Beginning a new document, by default, forces you to choose from the available templates. If you prefer to always start with a blank document, or if you regularly use one particular template, you can configure Pages to start out with that selection instead of the Template Chooser. This also works with Numbers and Keynote, by the way. Here’s how to configure the app to start new documents the way you want.

Change Pages for macOS to always open with a blank document or some other template

By default, this is what you see when you opt to create a new document in Pages

Changing the Preferences for Pages for macOS

This configuration setting is located within the Preferences menu in Pages for macOS. Just click Pages in the upper left corner of the menu bar, then click Preferences.

Accessing the Preferences for Pages for macOS

Accessing the Preferences for Pages for macOS

You’ll probably notice that the top option from the General pane, Show Template Chooser, is selected beside For New Documents. Below that, you’ll see an option labeled Use template. Click the radio button to select that choice.

The General preferences pane in Pages for macOS

Click Use template to select a default template for all new documents in Pages for macOS

When you select Use template, it will probably automatically choose the Blank document. If that’s what you want, you can exit the Preferences pane. If, however, you want to use a different template, click on Change Template.

The General preferences pane in Pages for macOS

Choosing a different template for new documents in Pages for macOS

Now, a new window will open to allow you to choose your default template. Scroll through, make your selection, and then click Choose.

Default template chooser in Pages for macOS

Now you can choose your default template in Pages for macOS

Speeding Up Your Workflow By a Couple of Steps

That’s all there is to it. Every time you open a new document in Pages (or Numbers or Keynote, if you change those preferences, too), it will begin with the template you selected. If you regularly create documents from a particular template, or always generate your files from scratch, setting this option will save you a mouse click or two.

What other tips do you have regarding the iWork suite of apps? Let us know in the comments.

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this is certainly helpful if you ALWAYS use the same template, but I haven’t found a way to occasionally choose a different document without reversing the steps above. Have you found a way to set a default template AND be able to choose another one when/if you want to use a different template? What I really wish is that it was easier to rearrange the template chooser and delete unused templates. I hate that custom templates are all the way at the bottom of the template chooser because I never use anything above the custom ones and have to scroll… Read more »


Thank you for the tip. I normally use a template that I created for my pages documents, and I was getting tired of always having to go through the template chooser, so this tip works great for me.