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Pages' preferences seem intent on forcing productivity. I like apps that don't pop open a window everytime you click them in the dock (ex: BBEdit). If you click Pages from the dock while it is running (and no documents are open in it), you get a new window the helper. But if you command-tab (and tab to it), or command tab and use the mouse to select Pages, you get just the menu bar.

[robg adds: This generally works with any app that forces a new window on dock click -- Keynote included.]
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Switch to Pages without opening a new document
Authored by: aranor on Jan 25, '05 03:19:19PM

It doesn't just generally work, it always works. The new window on Dock click is because clicking on a Dock item is the same as double-clicking the icon for an open application in the Finder - it sends an AppleEvent that basically means "reopen" (I don't remember the code). This tells the application that you're trying to re-open it, so it should display a new window if there's nothing showing. Whereas Command-Tab just sends the process to the front without sending it the "reopen" AppleEvent, so it doesn't open a new window.



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Authored by: terceiro on Jan 25, '05 05:27:51PM

Which is yet another brillant thing about Quicksilver. You can specify (in the "Advanced" area of the prefs) what you want a reactivated app to do. I prefer having it have the same action as a dock-click (ie "reopen"), but I like having the options.



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Authored by: outofcontrol on Jan 26, '05 08:32:22AM
Totally off topic, but in BBEdit, you can set the preferences to either open a blank window on reopen or not open a blank window. Actually you can do one of the following:
  • Do nothing
  • New Text Document
  • New Disk Browser
  • New FTP Browser
  • Open
  • Open from FTP Server
Only mentioning it because it took me forever to finally find this setting one day when I decided to wade through the million and one pref settings in BBEdit.

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Authored by: rb3 on Feb 04, '05 03:48:17PM

My solution to this annoyance was to create a new document based on the blank template, enable the view options I prefer (e.g., invisibles, rulers, etc.) and save it as a new template. Then, under Pages' preferecnes, I enabled the choice to use that template as the basis for new documents. As handsome as the fancy templates are, I don't use them, so this permits me to have Pages start off with a blank file, which is all I really want it to do.

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