Publisher 2010 FAQ

This article contains answers to common questions pertaining to Publisher 2010, the latest version of Microsoft Publisher, a desktop publishing program that can be used for making flyers, brochures, and a variety of other things that can be printed and shared with others.

  1. How can I learn more about Publisher 2010?
  2. Is there anywhere I can watch movies with more information about Publisher 2010?
  3. What kinds of documents can I make with Publisher?
  4. What are the changes Microsoft made in Publisher 2010?
  5. What is the Ribbon? Can it be customized?
  6. Is it possible to center the text box itself without using the ruler or specifying the start and end locations?
  7. What is Paste Preview?
  8. What is Catalog Merge, and how do I access it?

Q1: How can I learn more about Publisher 2010?

See Publisher 2010 Training.
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Q2: Is there anywhere I can watch videos with more information about Publisher 2010?

Yes. Lynda.com is a provider of web-based software training videos and resources. If you are interested in access to Lynda.com please contact the Technology Help Desk at [email protected] or 563-387-1000.

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Q3: What kinds of documents can I make with Publisher?

Publisher is good for making

  • Flyers
  • Posters
  • Business Cards
  • Title Pages for Reports and Papers
  • Newsletters

In general, if you are making something that uses a lot of pictures or has a fairly complicated layout, Publisher is a better choice than Word.
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Q4: What are the changes Microsoft made in Publisher 2010?

Some of the changes that Microsoft made in Publisher 2010 include the ability to preview formatting changes from the Print menu, Paste Preview, replacing the menu system with the Ribbon, alignment guides, Catalog Merge, and increased photo editing capabilities. For details, see Publisher 2010 Training.
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Q5: What is the Ribbon? Can it be customized?

In Office 2010 product the Ribbon is the upper part of the page that contains the commands you use while working on your project.The Ribbon in Word 2010 can be customized to suit your personal needs and preferences. The Ribbon has a layout that has been determined by Microsoft to be best for users. Now you can not only customize the Quick Access Toolbar, but also the Ribbon.
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Q6: Is it possible to center the text box itself without using the ruler or specifying the start and end locations?

Select the text box, under the Home tab click on Arrange > Align > Distribute Horizontally. To enable this feature, you first need to click on Arrange > Align or Distribute > Relative to Margin Guides.
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Q7: What is Paste Preview?

In Publisher 2010, Paste Preview is a way to preview the effects of pasting content into a document via various formatting choices. To use this feature, hold your mouse over the different Paste options in the right-click menu.
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Q8: What is Catalog Merge, and how do I access it?

Catalog Merge is a feature that allows you to merge text and images from a database to quickly create a catalog. In Publisher 2010, this feature is now easily accessible via the Catalog Pages button on the Insert tab of the Ribbon.
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