Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member

Changing cell formatting and layout

From: Publisher 2010 Essential Training

Video: Changing cell formatting and layout

Once you have inserted a table into one of your publications, it's time to manipulate that table, to customize it to suit your needs, and that's what we're going to do with our TTCalendar publication that we've been working with. You'll notice, after the preset was chosen, we ended up with a different color for the top row, then the following rows alternate in shading. And you can see its equal columns and equal row heights that have been created for us from the preset, but we can change all of that. We're going to start with formatting some of our cells, starting at the top row.

Changing cell formatting and layout

Once you have inserted a table into one of your publications, it's time to manipulate that table, to customize it to suit your needs, and that's what we're going to do with our TTCalendar publication that we've been working with. You'll notice, after the preset was chosen, we ended up with a different color for the top row, then the following rows alternate in shading. And you can see its equal columns and equal row heights that have been created for us from the preset, but we can change all of that. We're going to start with formatting some of our cells, starting at the top row.

Really, what's going to go up here is not seven different things, but rather a title, such as the month and year. So we'll just click and drag from cell one all the way across to the last cell in the row, to highlight them or select them. Now we can make some changes to those cells, like, for example, merge them all together into a single cell. Notice Table tools does appear over a couple of tabs, Design and Layout. Let's click the Layout tab, because here's where we're going to go to, for example, merge cells. When we click the Merge Cells button, it becomes one big cell.

Now we can do some other things, like change the alignment. What we type in here should really be centered horizontally, and we can also choose whether it's centered vertically or at the top or bottom of the cell. So we have nine different options to choose from for alignment. Let's say we want it centered and at the bottom of the cell, so Align Bottom Center is the middle option in the bottom row here. We click that. Even though there's nothing in there, whatever we type will appear, centered horizontally and at the bottom of our cell. So I'll just click anywhere inside that cell, and you can see that flashing cursor down at the bottom.

So let's type in a month and a year, and we'll make it different than September. Let's try October 2010, and then we'll fix it up a little bit later on. Now obviously the content here is far too small, so we can select it. We're going to go back to the Home tab and start making changes to the font, if you wanted it to look a little bit fancy. I'm going to choose up Bernard MT Condensed. We can bump it up. You can either type in a value or keep clicking the Font Up arrow to change the size.

Let's try 36. You can make sure that the color is set to white. If yours is, by default, showing up and black, you might want to change it to something that contrasts with the dark background. I don't think we need the bold on there. I'm going to bump it up even further now to the next preset, which is 48. Just click anywhere off the page to deselect the text to see the end result clearly. So that's just a few changes we made to a single cell that we created from seven separate cells after merging them. Let's go down to the next set of rows and click and drag from the first cell in the second row, all the way across and down, to select the remaining cells.

And let's pre-align the content, even though we haven't typed anything in here. We're going to go back to the Layout tab, and we know we're going to be putting in numbers here, for each of the days of the week. So, let's do that by inserting alignment that will take it to the top-left corner. Now it might be the default. If you want your numbers to show up somewhere else, like the top right-hand corner, you could do that. And when we do that, now we can go into the first cell, if we wanted to, and start typing in numbers. You'll notice the cursor, no matter which cell we click in, is in the top right corner, waiting for us to type.

So it's just a matter of getting the content in there. So we've really made this table stand out. We've changed some of the options, merged some cells together, change some of the alignment options, and we're ready to move on with further customizations to our table.

Show transcript

This video is part of

Image for Publisher 2010 Essential Training
Publisher 2010 Essential Training

60 video lessons · 13874 viewers

David Rivers
Author

 
Expand all | Collapse all
  1. 5m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 31s
    2. Exploring the possibilities with Publisher
      3m 14s
    3. Using the exercise files
      50s
  2. 41m 12s
    1. Understanding the interface
      6m 54s
    2. Creating a new publication
      3m 30s
    3. Editing your business information
      4m 40s
    4. Considerations when saving publications
      4m 0s
    5. Adjusting page and print setup options
      4m 48s
    6. Zooming and panning a publication
      4m 45s
    7. Inserting pages and navigating them
      8m 25s
    8. Using Undo and Redo
      4m 10s
  3. 41m 2s
    1. Adding and modifying text in a frame
      5m 30s
    2. Creating bulleted and numbered lists
      6m 57s
    3. Setting line spacing
      2m 29s
    4. Using AutoFit and linked text
      3m 46s
    5. Using fine typography options
      4m 40s
    6. Using Find and Replace
      4m 11s
    7. Using AutoCorrect
      4m 48s
    8. Using proofing tools
      6m 32s
    9. Translating text
      2m 9s
  4. 14m 17s
    1. Using the scratch area
      2m 53s
    2. Drawing and inserting shapes
      6m 2s
    3. Manipulating objects
      2m 49s
    4. Deleting objects and frames
      2m 33s
  5. 22m 4s
    1. Inserting pictures
      1m 52s
    2. Using picture frames
      2m 30s
    3. Adjusting picture appearance
      3m 29s
    4. Manipulating pictures
      4m 48s
    5. Adding captions to pictures
      2m 40s
    6. Inserting clip art
      3m 31s
    7. Using WordArt
      3m 14s
  6. 12m 45s
    1. Changing fill and line attributes
      4m 46s
    2. Layering objects
      2m 22s
    3. Selecting and grouping multiple objects
      2m 30s
    4. Aligning and distributing objects
      3m 7s
  7. 15m 34s
    1. Inserting tables and choosing preset formats
      4m 17s
    2. Changing cell formatting and layout
      3m 46s
    3. Adjusting rows and columns
      3m 18s
    4. Working with text in tables
      4m 13s
  8. 27m 41s
    1. Creating and applying master pages
      4m 49s
    2. Changing the page background
      3m 25s
    3. Using templates
      3m 54s
    4. Saving design changes to a template
      3m 19s
    5. Using the Design Checker
      3m 3s
    6. Using building blocks
      4m 19s
    7. Adding headers, footers, and page numbering
      4m 52s
  9. 13m 20s
    1. Creating a publication for the web
      1m 43s
    2. Inserting hyperlinks
      4m 23s
    3. Inserting bookmarks
      3m 48s
    4. Running web site checks
      3m 26s
  10. 12m 5s
    1. Creating a recipient list
      2m 29s
    2. Inserting merge fields
      3m 5s
    3. Performing a mail merge
      2m 13s
    4. Performing an email merge
      4m 18s
  11. 14m 34s
    1. Previewing and printing your publication
      4m 0s
    2. Setting commercial print options
      3m 3s
    3. Saving your publication for a commercial printer
      2m 35s
    4. Saving your publication for another computer
      2m 6s
    5. Saving your publication to other formats
      2m 50s
  12. 22s
    1. Goodbye
      22s

Start learning today

Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.

Become a member
Sometimes @lynda teaches me how to use a program and sometimes Lynda.com changes my life forever. @JosefShutter
@lynda lynda.com is an absolute life saver when it comes to learning todays software. Definitely recommend it! #higherlearning @Michael_Caraway
@lynda The best thing online! Your database of courses is great! To the mark and very helpful. Thanks! @ru22more
Got to create something yesterday I never thought I could do. #thanks @lynda @Ngventurella
I really do love @lynda as a learning platform. Never stop learning and developing, it’s probably our greatest gift as a species! @soundslikedavid
@lynda just subscribed to lynda.com all I can say its brilliant join now trust me @ButchSamurai
@lynda is an awesome resource. The membership is priceless if you take advantage of it. @diabetic_techie
One of the best decision I made this year. Buy a 1yr subscription to @lynda @cybercaptive
guys lynda.com (@lynda) is the best. So far I’ve learned Java, principles of OO programming, and now learning about MS project @lucasmitchell
Signed back up to @lynda dot com. I’ve missed it!! Proper geeking out right now! #timetolearn #geek @JayGodbold
Share a link to this course

What are exercise files?

Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course. Save time by downloading the author's files instead of setting up your own files, and learn by following along with the instructor.

Can I take this course without the exercise files?

Yes! If you decide you would like the exercise files later, you can upgrade to a premium account any time.

Become a member Download sample files See plans and pricing

Please wait... please wait ...
Upgrade to get access to exercise files.

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Learn by watching, listening, and doing, Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along Premium memberships include access to all exercise files in the library.


Exercise files

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

For additional information on downloading and using exercise files, watch our instructional video or read the instructions in the FAQ.

This course includes free exercise files, so you can practice while you watch the course. To access all the exercise files in our library, become a Premium Member.

Join now "Already a member? Log in

Are you sure you want to mark all the videos in this course as unwatched?

This will not affect your course history, your reports, or your certificates of completion for this course.


Mark all as unwatched Cancel

Congratulations

You have completed Publisher 2010 Essential Training.

Return to your organization's learning portal to continue training, or close this page.


OK
Become a member to add this course to a playlist

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses—and create as many playlists as you like.

Get started

Already a member?

Become a member to like this course.

Join today and get unlimited access to the entire library of video courses.

Get started

Already a member?

Exercise files

Learn by watching, listening, and doing! Exercise files are the same files the author uses in the course, so you can download them and follow along. Exercise files are available with all Premium memberships. Learn more

Get started

Already a Premium member?

Exercise files video

How to use exercise files.

Ask a question

Thanks for contacting us.
You’ll hear from our Customer Service team within 24 hours.

Please enter the text shown below:

The classic layout automatically defaults to the latest Flash Player.

To choose a different player, hold the cursor over your name at the top right of any lynda.com page and choose Site preferencesfrom the dropdown menu.

Continue to classic layout Stay on new layout
Exercise files

Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.

Mark videos as unwatched

Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.

Control your viewing experience

Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.

Interactive transcripts

Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.

Are you sure you want to delete this note?

No

Your file was successfully uploaded.

Thanks for signing up.

We’ll send you a confirmation email shortly.


Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

Keep up with news, tips, and latest courses with emails from lynda.com.

Sign up and receive emails about lynda.com and our online training library:

Here’s our privacy policy with more details about how we handle your information.

   
submit Lightbox submit clicked
Terms and conditions of use

We've updated our terms and conditions (now called terms of service).Go
Review and accept our updated terms of service.