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Using building blocks

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Video: Using building blocks

To help speed up the design process of your publication, Publisher offers a number of building blocks, and you can also create your own. That's what we're going to do right now, working with our NewPostCard publication. Let's start by looking at the existing building blocks. In this case, we click the Insert tab on the Ribbon. You'll notice there is a Building Blocks group. You'll see Page Parts. When you click this dropdown, you'll see different headings, pull quotes, sidebars, and of course, you would add your own text to any of these building blocks that might contain text.

Using building blocks

To help speed up the design process of your publication, Publisher offers a number of building blocks, and you can also create your own. That's what we're going to do right now, working with our NewPostCard publication. Let's start by looking at the existing building blocks. In this case, we click the Insert tab on the Ribbon. You'll notice there is a Building Blocks group. You'll see Page Parts. When you click this dropdown, you'll see different headings, pull quotes, sidebars, and of course, you would add your own text to any of these building blocks that might contain text.

You can also access more page parts from here. If we go to Calendars, you'll see different calendar building blocks that could be inserted into a publication, a great timesaver. Borders & Accents, even advertisements that you could alter once inserted into your publication. When we just click off the page anywhere, and go back to the Building Blocks group, you'll notice this little button in the bottom right-hand corner, which gives you access to the Building Block Library. Here you'll see Advertisements, there is Borders & Accents, Business Information, et cetera.

There is the Page Parts as well. You'll also have more categories that you can click. If you've created your own, you might see some results here. If you see no results found, it means you haven't done this yet. So we're going to close this up. We're going to create our own building block. Let's say, for example, we often use this border that appears at the top with the Two Trees Olive Oil Information in it and everything. Now this has multiple pieces that make this up. So the first step is to select them all. So we'll just move up to the top-right corner of the page, above any graphics, and to the right of any graphics.

Then click and drag down and across, so we engulf everything that we want to group together into a building block. The key word there is group, so the first thing we need to do is group them. You'll notice, when we select all of these objects, we get a number of Format tabs for Drawing tools, Text Box tools, and Picture tools. We can also go to the Home tab here on the Ribbon. You'll notice that we have, in the Arrange group here, a Group button. So we'll click that first. Now everything is grouped into a single object. The fastest way to make it a building block is to go anywhere inside the selected object and right-click.

From here, you can Save as Building Block. This applies to text boxes, graphics, images you might have inserted, Anything in your publication can be saved as a Building Block once selected. So let's do that, Save as Building Block. You can see we get to give it a title here. We have a number of other fields that are optional, that can be filled in. But the Title here, you'll might see Group there by default. Let's call this, it is a group set of objects, but we're going to call it our GraphicHeading.

You can add a description if you wanted to, indicating that it's olive green heading with the Two Trees info in it. What gallery do you want to add it to? You can Page Parts is the default. But here is where we can add it to one of those other groups if we needed to. Let's leave it at Page Parts. Do you want to be able to see it in the gallery? Sure. Make sure that check box is selected. The Category, General. You can see it could go into Headings. I think that's a good category. Keywords, if you needed to find it. You can add this. It would help in the search process.

But let's just click OK. Let's go to a new publication. Click File > New, and we'll just do a blank. Notice that we want to insert that part. Well, we just go up to the Insert tab. For Building Blocks, remember, we added it to the Page Parts. There it is, Recently Used, right at the top. If you needed to use your scrollbar to find it, you could. There is a bunch of presets in there, but there is also your own that you just created.

When you select it, or just hover to see GraphicHeading, but when you click it to select it, it gets inserted using the color scheme et cetera that's been applied to the publication you're working with. So now, it's just a matter of moving it into position. You can resize. It's one big object. Then deselect when you're done. So building blocks, although there are many to choose from already in Publisher 2010, you can also create your own. This can be a huge timesaver when you start to pile up the building blocks, and then simply reuse them as necessary as you create your publications 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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