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Changing the page background

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Video: Changing the page background

Certain publications will not likely be printed and instead viewed online or onscreen in an electronic format. In those cases, you might consider adding a page background, so you can fill up the page and make it more attractive, knowing that you're not going to be sending it to a printer and using up all your ink or toner. We're going to continue to work with our postcard here as we explore working with backgrounds, and we're on page 2. So when we go up to the Page Design tab. You'll notice the very last group is Page Background, and we're going to go to the Background button, which actually is a dropdown. And you'll notice that we've got some options here, and they're grouped to No Background.

Changing the page background

Certain publications will not likely be printed and instead viewed online or onscreen in an electronic format. In those cases, you might consider adding a page background, so you can fill up the page and make it more attractive, knowing that you're not going to be sending it to a printer and using up all your ink or toner. We're going to continue to work with our postcard here as we explore working with backgrounds, and we're on page 2. So when we go up to the Page Design tab. You'll notice the very last group is Page Background, and we're going to go to the Background button, which actually is a dropdown. And you'll notice that we've got some options here, and they're grouped to No Background.

We have solid backgrounds, and as you hover over these you're going to see a live preview of what that might look like if you were to make the selection, and we also have some preset gradient backgrounds that you could choose from. This horizontal one is not too bad, Accent 2, and you can see a nice effect that you're going to get. But again, typically something you wouldn't want to print and use up all your ink or toner. If you're looking for something more specific, you can also go to More Backgrounds. This opens up a dialog box, and you'll see that Fill Effects dialog box here, allowing you to choose gradients, textures for your background, patterns.

You could even add pictures, if you wanted to select a picture to be used in the background, and there is also a tint. So let's go back to Gradient for a moment, and choose the number of colors. We'll go to two colors. By default, you're going to see black and white, and you're going to see the variants and a sample down in the bottom right-hand corner. There is no live preview when working with the dialog box. So let's say we want to change the colors to maybe a nice dark gold and something a little bit lighter.

And then we could change the shading style; maybe Diagonal down is a good effect, and choose this one here in the bottom left-hand corner of the variants. You'll see the sample. When you click OK, it's applied to this single page only, in this case Page 2. Let's go to page 1 now and try something different. We'll go back to the Background button and select More Backgrounds. This time, we'll go to Texture. You'll see some preset textures to choose from, as you scroll down the list. There is an extra row down there.

So if you wanted a wood background, maybe a marble background, for example. And we've got some cloth, or weaves, and so on. So, if you find something that you like here it's just a matter of selecting it, you'll see the sample and click OK, and it's applied. If you want to change it, just go back to the Background button, select one of the presets or click More Backgrounds. If you'd rather go for a pattern, you could choose a pattern. You'll see a sample with the default colors, which you can change the foreground and background colors if you wanted to. And once you have got it, click OK to have it applied.

So many different options when it comes to applying a background to your publication. Just keep in mind that typically these are not publications that you would want to print and use up a lot of ink or toner, using an inkjet or a laser type printer. These are typically for publications that are going to be viewed online or in some kind of electronic format onscreen.

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Publisher 2010 Essential Training

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  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

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