Publisher 2010 Getting to Know Publisher 2010

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Publisher 2010

Getting to Know Publisher 2010


Publisher 2010
Microsoft Publisher 2010 is a program designed to help you create publications, or documents that you can print and distribute.
In this lesson, you'll learn about the advantages and disadvantages of using Publisher 2010. You'll also learn about the Publisher interface, including the Ribbonrulers and guides, and Backstage view.

Getting to Know Publisher 2010

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Even if you've never used Publisher before, you'll probably find its interface familiar, as it has many of the same features as other Microsoft Office programs. However, it does include some features specifically designed for creating publications. If you have used Publisher, you'll recognize these features, but will also notice some slight changes to the 2010 version.
Watch the video to learn more about Publisher 2010 and its interface.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Publisher

Publisher offers templates and other tools to help you create a variety of publications, including brochures,newslettersbusiness cardsmenus, and more.
An example of some of the publications you can create in Publisher 2010Examples of Publisher 2010 publications
As you might know, you can do most— if not all— of the tasks mentioned above in Microsoft Word. So, why not create publications using that program, instead?
One of the advantages of Publisher is that it offers more control over certain aspects of your publication. For instance, Publisher offers a work environment that makes it easy to work with documents in a variety of sizes and shapes. It also has a larger variety of tools to help you arrange and align text, images, and other objects within the page margins. 
The Publisher interfaceThe Publisher interface
However, while Publisher does have certain advantages, it also has the disadvantage of being the least developed program in the Office 2010 suite. It does not include the theme colors, advanced image editing tools, or many of the other new features present in Word and PowerPoint 2010. In fact, in terms of these features, Publisher 2010 is more similar to Publisher 2007 and 2003 than it is to other current programs in the Office suite. As you begin to use Publisher 2010, you may find that you prefer to create certain types of publications in Word.

Learning Publisher

While this course is an introduction to Publisher, it is not intended for those who are unfamiliar with word processing. In order to learn to use Publisher with our course, you must already know how to use Microsoft Word. If you don't already feel comfortable using Word, review our Word 2010 tutorial.

Introduction to the Publisher 2010 Environment

If you are familiar with Publisher 2007 or 2003, you'll notice a few changes to the 2010 interface. The main change is the addition of the Ribbon, which appears in all of the Office 2010 programs. Publisher also added Backstage View, which we will cover later in this lesson. 
In most other regards, though, the Publisher environment is much the same as in past editions. If you are new to Publisher, you should take some time to familiarize yourself with its interface.
Review the interactive to learn more about the Ribbon and other features in the Publisher 2010 environment.

Working With the Publisher 2010 Environment

One of the first things you might notice when you open Publisher is that the rulers and guidelines used to line up document components are slightly different than those in other Office programs. Other features of the Publisher environment might seem more familiar. For instance, you’ll recognize the Ribbon, where you can find the commands you need to do common tasks in Publisher.

The Ribbon

The Ribbon contains multiple tabs, each with several groups of commands. Some tabs, like "Text Box Tools" or "Picture Tools," may appear only when you are working with certain items like text boxes or images. 
    The RibbonThe Ribbon

Viewing Tools

Publisher offers a group of viewing tools to help you control the layout of your text, images and objects on the page. These viewing tools are for your editing purposes only. They can be turned on and off and will not appear in your printed publication.
  • To access and choose viewing tools, select the View tab and locate the Show group. Click the checkboxes of the various view options to turn them on and off.
    Publication viewing toolsPublication viewing tools
The publication viewing tools include:
  • Rulers
    You can use the rulers to the left and top of your publication to help you line up text, images, and other objects and get a clearer idea of exactly where those objects will appear on the printed page. When you select an object in your publication, a white space will appear on the rulers to show the object's location.
    The rulersThe rulers
  • Baselines
    Baselines are evenly-spaced horizontal lines that you can use to line up text. You'll learn about automatically aligning text to your baselines in the Working with Text lesson.
  • Boundaries
    Boundaries are dark blue dashed borders that appear around your objects. Viewing object boundaries can be useful when you are aligning objects or wrapping text.
    Object boundariesObject boundaries
  • Guides
    Guides are thin lines that help you align various objects. There are two types of guides:
    • Margin guides, which are blue lines that mark the edges, or margins, of the printable area on each page of your publication. Margin guides are automatically created when you set your page margins.
      Margin GuidesMargin guides
    • Customizable guides, which are green lines that you can add anywhere on your publication.
      Customizable guidesCustomizable green guides 

To Add Green Guides:

  1. Click either the horizontal or vertical ruler.
    Creating a vertical guideCreating a vertical guide
  2. Drag your mouse to your publication, and release to add the guide in the desired location.
    Dragging the guide to the desired locationDragging the guide to the desired location
  3. Your guide will be placed. You can move it at any time by clicking and dragging it.
    The added guideThe added guide

    Backstage View

    In Publisher 2010, options for savingprinting, and creating publications are all located in Backstage view. It is similar to the Office Button Menu from Publisher 2007 or the File Menu from earlier versions of Publisher. However, unlike those menus, it is a full-page view, which makes it easier to work with.
    • To access Backstage view, click the File tab.
    Click the File tab to access Backstage viewClick the File tab to access Backstage view
    Review the interactive below to learn about the different things you can do in Backstage view.



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