Publisher 2003
Modifying Spacing

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Lesson 10: Modifying Spacing

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Introduction

By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Change line spacing before and after each paragraph
  • Modify line spacing between each line
  • Change paragraph alignment
  • Format character spacing, including scaling, tracking, and kerning

Modifying spacing within text

Watch the video! (9:39 min)

Publisher lets you modify the way text is spaced on a page. This can help make your publications easier to read and have a greater impact. You can control the spacing between paragraphs, lines, and even letters. You can also change the alignment of a block of text.

To change paragraph spacing:

  • Select the text you want to change.
  • From the main menu, select FormatactionParagraph.
  • The Paragraph Spacing dialog box will appear.

    paragraph spacing dialog box
  • Select the Indents and Spacing tab.
  • Adjust spacing before or after paragraphs in the Line Spacing section.
  • View the preview in the sample area.
  • Click OK.

To modify line spacing:

  • Select the text you want to change.
  • Open the Paragraph Spacing dialog box.
  • Select the Indents and Spacing tab.
  • In the Line Spacing section, adjust the spacing Between lines.
  • View the preview in the sample area.
  • Click OK.

To modify text alignment:

  • Select the text you want to change.
  • Open the Paragraph spacing dialog box.
  • Select the Indents and Spacing tab.
  • Select an alignment option (left, center, right) from the General section.
  • You also can use the alignment icons on the formatting toolbar.

To change character spacing:

  • Select the text you want to change.
  • On the main menu, select FormatactionCharacter Spacing.
  • The Character Spacing dialog box will appear. From the Character Spacing dialog box, you can:
    • Shrink or stretch text (scaling)
    • Change the space between all characters (tracking)
    • Change the space between specific characters (kerning)
Character spacing dialog box

Challenge!

If you have not already done so in a previous challenge, download and save the sample newsletter publication to complete this challenge.

  • Open the Sample Newsletter publication.
  • Make the following changes to the text box under We Believe on page 2:
    • Change the paragraph alignment to Left.
    • Set the line spacing after paragraphs to 8 pt.
    • Set the spacing between lines to 1.5 sp.
  • Select the text PTA Fundraisers Are a Success on the first page, and make the following changes:
    • Center-align the text.
    • Stretch the text to 110%.
  • Save and close the newsletter to use in the next challenge.

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