I have finally stopped using iPages as my word application on the iMac. I have moved back to using LibreOffice. I ran into some incompatibilities with .doc files and I have never had a problem with LibreOffice.
I also got tired of having to “export” to the .doc format. With LibreOffice I can set the options to save in the Microsoft file formats. At $20 iPages was priced right, but the $0 for the entire LibreOffice is better.
Sorry Apple. iPages is going to have to improve more before I switch back.