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Manipulating objects

From: Publisher 2010 Essential Training

Video: Manipulating objects

Once you've drawn your own shapes, or inserted existing shapes into a publication, you may need to manipulate them. Maybe you want to rotate the object, or flip it horizontally, or vertically, resize it, move it around. So we're going to do all of that, continuing to use our FlyerAd publication, if you jumped to this lesson. We're on the second page. There is a shape that we borrowed from Microsoft Word. When we bring a shape over from another application, it's treated as a picture in Microsoft Publisher. Just behind that is a simple rectangle that we created by drawing our own shape.

Manipulating objects

Once you've drawn your own shapes, or inserted existing shapes into a publication, you may need to manipulate them. Maybe you want to rotate the object, or flip it horizontally, or vertically, resize it, move it around. So we're going to do all of that, continuing to use our FlyerAd publication, if you jumped to this lesson. We're on the second page. There is a shape that we borrowed from Microsoft Word. When we bring a shape over from another application, it's treated as a picture in Microsoft Publisher. Just behind that is a simple rectangle that we created by drawing our own shape.

When we select a shape, like our rectangle, you can see what happens. Drawing tools appears with the Format tab, and when we click the Format tab, we're able to make a number of different changes. One of the changes that we can make, without using the Ribbon at all, is to resize and move this. The handles that you see around the outside, when you hover over them, will turn your arrow or mouse pointer into a double arrow. It might be diagonal in a corner, it might be horizontal on the sides, or vertical at the top or bottom. So if you want to change all four sides, so the height and the width for example, you simply click and drag any of the corners.

To move this around, just move inside. You'll see the four-sided arrow. You can click and drag. But if you prefer to use the keyboard, you can nudge objects by using your cursor keys, your left, right, up and down keys will move it to the right, to the left, up, and down. So you can nudge it into position. Let's click the other shape now, the star, and use our arrow keys to move that around. Now let's say we wanted to rotate this. There are a few different options. Because this is now being treated as a picture, even though it is a shape, we can go to the Picture Tools Format tab.

You'll notice in the Arrange group over here, we do have an option for rotating. When we click this button, we're actually going to see some options. We can rotate it 90 degrees. You're going to see a live preview, as you hover over these. 90 degrees left. You can flip it vertically, or horizontally. When you click that, you're actually going to see the end result. Now if you wanted to rotate it freely, there was an option for that, but you'll also notice this handle at the top. When you move over that little green circle at the top, your mouse pointer turns into that Free Rotate icon, meaning you can now click, hold your mouse button down, and just spin it around until you get the angle you were looking for.

When you let go, you'll notice it's rotated. Deselect by clicking off the page to see the end result clearly. It looks pretty good. So those are some options for flipping, rotating, sizing, moving, remember you can nudge items just by using your cursor keys, all when you're working with any object in a publication here in Publisher 2010.

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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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