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In Publisher 2010 Essential Training, author David Rivers demonstrates how to create professional publications, such as brochures, newsletters, and menus. Using real-world examples, the course includes an overview of the different types of publications available in Publisher, shows how to use Publisher's tools for modifying text, objects, and tables, and explains how to customize layout and design options. Tutorials on performing mail merges and preparing publications for the web and for print are also included. Exercise files accompany the course.
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.
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