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Tips for Using Publisher 2010 Building Blocks

written by: Bruce Tyson•edited by: Tricia Goss•updated: 9/29/2010

Where have these Publisher 2010 building blocks been all these years? Rather than tediously creating publications from scratch, users could have been quickly piecing them together using page parts, headings, stories, sidebars and other powerful, reusable building blocks. Read more about them here.

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    Creating Publications with Building Blocks

    Because Publisher 2010 building blocks are reusable creative products, you can quickly assemble custom publications using pieces of work youLECA - Building Blocks (1) have done before or prefabricated blocks of work that are included with Microsoft Publisher 2010. Building blocks are organized into galleries called "Page Parts," "Calendars," "Borders & Accents," "Advertisements," and "Business Information." The information and objects stored in these galleries can expand as you create strong components that are worth saving and reusing in your future work.

    Image Credit: Wikimedia Commons/Mexca

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    Working with Building B locks

    Microsoft Publisher 2010 building blocks give you the ability to access libraries of stock art included with Microsoft Project and the ability to add your own stock art to build a growing repertoire of creativity that you have at your fingertips. This gives you lasting benefit from every object you create, by allowing the time you spent creating it the first time to be compensated over months and even years.

    You benefit from making more from your initial investment of time, plus you save time because you can compile new publications out of existing components in a manner similar to the way you can build different things with the same set of toy building blocks.

    To get started, open Microsoft Publisher 2010 and begin a new publication.

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    Click on the "Insert" tab to open its ribbon. Right away, you should see the "Building Blocks" cluster near the center of the ribbon. You will notice that only four Building Blocks galleries are visible here. The fifth, "Business information," is visible in the "Text" group. It can also be accessed by expanding the "Galleries" tab.

    Expanding the Galleries offers users a couple advantages. First, all five building blocks galleries are available in folder format, making it very easy to browse through large numbers of building blocks. The other advantage is that you don't have to go elsewhere to find the "Business Information" gallery.

    To expand the Building Blocks gallery group, click the little square handle at the bottom right hand corner of the group.

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    Accessing Building Blocks from the ribbon also has advantages, mainly that the user doesn't have to deal with the cumbersome folder window that tends to obscure the publication view.

    building blocks 04 In fact, for most users, this is the preferred manner of accessing Building Blocks.

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    Adding a Building Blocks

    Publisher 2010 building blocks can be added to a document simply by double-clicking on it from the gallery. This calendar was inserted in a fraction of a second.

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    Adding a new Building Block is easy too. Just create an object such as the text in the image below. With the object selected, right click on it and then choose "Save as Building Block." You may then choose the gallery you wish to save it in, ad keywords to make it searchable, and add a description before saving it.

    With these tips, you can use Publisher 2010 Building Blocks more effectively in your daily work.