Friday, November 17, 2006

Extracting photos back from Pages

Here is how to get the original jpg or tiff file from a Pages document:

1. In the Pages document select the object you want to extract.
2. Open Metrics inspector (the one with the little ruler icon). In the File Info window you will see the name of the file and its type.
3. Click and drag it to wherever you want - desktop or folder.

It's an obvious trick, but took me a while to figure out how to do it. It saved me a lot of time because normally I remember better where I've used or seen a particular photo in Pages documents rather than which particular folder or iPhoto album I stored it in.

It's okay if you just need to copy a photo from one Pages document and paste it into another. But sometimes you need to get back the original jpg or tiff file - to resize it, send it to someone, edit it in some other application... But you can't just drag it from Pages to desktop. Nor you can you use Grab it - you only get a screenshot of the image, not the original file.

Annoying, isn't it? The photo sits in the Pages, but you don't know how to get it back, and old files have all been long dumped, or stored somewhere on a disc in a dust covered pile at the back of the shelf.


  1. Anonymous2:37 pm

    Great hint Alexander - I'd been frustrated with that one before now. Thanks.


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