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Before we begin to explore the many features and functions of Publisher 2010, it might be a good idea to investigate what Publisher is and the types of files you might create with it. Well, in simple terms, Microsoft Publisher is a desktop publishing application, and like the definition implies, this allows you to create professional-quality publications and marketing materials right from your own desktop computer. With Publisher 2010, you'll find you're able to easily communicate your message in a variety of publication types, with little to no experience in graphic design. You can create brochures, newsletters, postcards, greeting cards, newsletters, labels, and the list goes on.
Now in this course, it's broken up into several chapters. Now to give you some experience with a variety of publications, we'll work with a different type of publication in each chapter as we cover the individual tools, features, and functions of Publisher 2010. For example, we'll focus on working with text in chapter 2. In chapter 2, we'll use a menu to do that. Then we'll move on to chapter 3, which is working with objects. In that case, we'll work on a flyer.
A flyer typically uses a number of different types of objects. Then we'll go on to chapter 4. Chapter 4 is working with graphics or graphic objects, and in this case, we're going to use a brochure. You can see here this particular brochure example uses a tri-fold mechanism, so when we actually print this out, we'll be able to fold it into three and hand this out as a brochure. Moving on to the next chapter, chapter 5, which is formatting objects, we're going to use a catalog. In this case, you can see we've got multiple pages in this sample catalog.
They have placeholders, and so on, so a lot of formatting might be needed in a document such as this. Then we'll go on to working with tables in chapter 6. The perfect type of publication for working with tables might be a calendar. You can see the calendar broken up into rows and columns. Another type of document you might create using Publisher 2010 is a postcard. We're going to work with a postcard in chapter 7 as we work with customizing layout and design. Then it's on to chapter 8. Chapter 8 is actually going to be working with a publication that's designed for the web, like creating a homepage.
So we don't really have a sample here, but moving onto the next one, which is using mail merge, here's an example of a label you might create using a mail merge, so merging a list of names, of people, maybe other information about them, addresses, and so on. You could create a name batch, like this particular label could be address labels, and so on. Then in chapter 10 we'll go on to printing and sharing your publications. Here's a good publication to work with. It's a resume. A resume is something that you might want to share with people, so we're going to talk about different ways to print and share your publications electronically in chapter 10.
So in the end you'll have worked with several different types of publications while learning about the various features and functions of Publisher 2010. Now that you know a little bit more about what you can create with Publisher 2010, it's time to start doing it.
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