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Pictures, Text, and Contacts

To add text, simply click the toolbar’s Text Box button. Drag the text box to move it or drag the handles to resize it. Double-click the box to edit text. You can also change the font of a text box or selected piece of text by clicking the Fonts button in the toolbar. Additional text formatting is available from the Inspector’s Text Inspector tab. To add a shape, select the toolbar’s Shapes pop-up menu and select the shape you want. You move and resize shapes the same as text boxes. When you double-click inside a shape, it will turn into a text box.

To add a picture, click the Media button to display the iLife media browser. You can browse for and add photos from your iPhoto library (or other multimedia elements from your iTunes or iMovie libraries). You can also drag and drop image files from the Finder. You move and resize photos like shapes and text boxes. You can also apply a mask to display only a section of a photo by choosing either Mask or Mask with Shape from the Format menu. You can center and resize the mask by dragging its outline or handles. You can also use a slider to zoom in an image.

As with Pages and iWeb, you can apply a number of effects to text boxes, shapes, and photos—including rotation, shadow, reflection, stroke (a line around the edge), and opacity. You can access most of these features from the toolbar when a visual element is selected. The remainder can be controlled using the Inspector’s Graphic Inspector tab.

Numbers integrates with Mac OS X’s Address Book to make it easy to create a table containing contacts. Select individual contacts or groups in Address Book and drag them to either a table formatted with headers that match the contact fields in Address Book or directly to a sheet. Those contacts are automatically added to the existing table or create a new table.

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