Microsoft Office Tutorials and References
In Depth Information
Working with Text
If you want more than three columns, or if you
want to control the amount of spacing between
the columns, choose Text Tool Format>Alignment>
Columns>More Columns. The Columns dialog box
appears from which you can choose from one
through 63 columns and you can adjust the
spacing between the columns as desired. Click OK
when you are finished.
Modify Text Box
You can resize the text box and format as
desired.
Generating Text into Columns
In Chapter 5, “Working with Columns and Tables,”
you discovered how to create columns in a Word
document, which provide a newspaper-like feeling
to your document. Publisher has columns as well.
The difference is that Publisher columns fall within
a text frame and apply to the story in the selected
frame. In Word, the columns stay in effect until
you tell Word otherwise.
Changing Text Vertical
Alignment
In Chapter 24, you saw how you can change the
text horizontal alignment by using the commands
on the Home tab. The Text Box Tools tab also
contains tools to convert the horizontal alignments,
but these tools are also used in conjunction with
the vertical alignment. You can align the text
vertically to the top of the story to the middle of the
frame or to the bottom of the frame. By default,
Publisher aligns text horizontally to the left and
vertically to the top.
To create columns, select the text frame you want
to modify and choose Text Box Tools Format>
Alignment>Columns. Select the number of
columns you want. In Figure 25-21, you see the
story on the current page as it appears in three
columns. The continuation story on the next page
remains in one column so if you want it in
multiple columns as well, you need to repeat the choose
Text Tool Format>Alignment>Columns command.
When you choose a vertical alignment option,
Publisher aligns all the text in the frame. Strangely
enough, though, it modifies the horizontal
alignment to the current paragraph. And in most
stories, you won’t want some paragraphs centered
and some right aligned or left aligned. So, what
you need to do is select all the text in the frame
before you make an alignment modification.
Follow these steps:
1.
Select the entire frame text by clicking in the
frame and choosing Home>Editing>Select>
Select All Text in Text Box, or by pressing
Ctrl+A.
2. Choose Text Box Tools Format>Alignment
and select an option. Figure 25-22 shows you
the available alignment options.
Figure 25-21
Breaking a story into columns.
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