Title: Creating Newsletters
Author: Pratik Kamble
Novice Reviewer: Nikita and Pooja
Domain Reviewer: Praveen and Nancy
Keywords: Create newsletters, Column break option, Add image, Add banner, Animated text, word count
|Slide: Title||Welcome to the spoken tutorial on Creating Newsletters.|
|Slide: Learning Objectives|| In this tutorial, we will learn how to:
|Slide: Learning Objectives|| We will also learn to add the following to the newsletter:
|Slide: System Requirements|| This tutorial is recorded using
|Slide: Code files||
|Only Narration|| A Newsletter can be created very easily using LibreOffice Writer.
|Open Newsletter.odt|| Open the file Newsletter.odt
|Press Ctrl + A||Select all the text in the document by pressing Ctrl + A keys.|
| Font = Liberation Serif
Font-size = 14
Choose the Justified icon.
| Now choose the font as Liberation Serif and font-size as 14.
|Select the text FOSS >> centre-align it.||Select the text FOSS and centre-align it.|
|Only narration||We will now learn how to insert columns in our document.|
|Click on Page icon||In the Sidebar deck click on the Page icon.|
|Click on the Styles gear icon||Click on the Styles gear icon to open the Page Style dialog box.|
|Click on Columns tab >> In Settings, select the 2-column icon|| Click on the Columns tab.
|Point to Autowidth and Spacing||Under Width and Spacing, Autowidth gets checked and Spacing is 0.5cm.|
|Click on Apply >> click on Close||Click on the Apply button and then on the OK button.|
|Click on Close Sidebar Deck||Close the Sidebar deck.|
|Point to 2 columns||Observe that our document changes into 2 columns format.|
|Click on Format menu >> Click on Column option (Only Highlight)|| Alternatively we can add columns by clicking on the Format menu
| Point to Columns dialog box
|| Columns dialog box opens up.
|Click on X icon||Let's close the dialog box by clicking on the X icon.|
|Only Narration||Now let us insert an image into our newsletter.|
|Cursor at the end of column 2 >> press Enter thrice.||Place the cursor at the end of column 2 and press Enter thrice.|
|Click on Gallery icon in the sidebar||Click on the Gallery icon in the Sidebar.|
| Point to New theme
|| Below the button New theme, we can see various theme folders.
| Select Computer-laptop-black from the list
|| Then select Computer-Laptop-Black from the list.
|Only narration||Alternatively we can also drag-and-drop the image.|
|Click on X icon of the Sidebar deck||Close the Sidebar deck.|
|Point to the image||The inserted image fits the width of column 2 into which it was inserted.|
|Resize and reposition the image||Resize the image as shown.|
|Point to newly added image||So this is how we can add an image to the newsletter column.|
|Only Narration||Next, we will learn about the Column break option.|
|Cursor at the beginning of second last para||I will keep the cursor at the beginning of the fourth paragraph.|
|Click on Insert >> More Breaks >> Manual Break|| Now click on the Insert menu in the menu bar and then on More Breaks.
|Insert break dialog box||Insert break dialog box opens up.|
|Select column break >> Click OK||Under the section Type, select the Column break option and click on the OK button.|
|Point to new column||We can see that the paragraph shifted to the second column of the page.|
|Click on Insert >> More Breaks >> Manual Break >> Select column break >> Click OK|| Repeat the above steps for the last paragraph also.
We see that the paragraph is now in page 2 of the newsletter.
|Only Narration||Next we will learn how to highlight a portion of the article in a different colour.|
|Drag cursor along the text||Select the paragraph on page 2 by dragging the cursor along the text.|
|Click on highlight color icon||In the Formatting toolbar, click on the Highlight color icon drop-down.|
| Color palette box
|| From the Color palette box, select any color of your choice.
|Click anywhere else to deselect the text||Click anywhere else to deselect the text.|
|Point to new background color text||Observe that the background color of that text portion has changed as per our selection.|
|Only Narration||Next we will learn how to add Banners to the newsletter.|
|Scroll up >> place the cursor at the end of column 2 on page 1.||Scroll up and place the cursor at the end of column 2 on page 1.|
|Click on star icon in the drawing toolbar|| Now, locate the Stars and Banners icon in the Drawing toolbar.
| Point to different shapes
|| We see different shapes to choose from.
| Go to column 2
|| Come to column 2.
|Move it to end beginning of the document||Now let’s move the newly added banner to the end beginning of the document.|
|Go to page 1 >> place the cursor before the word FOSS in column 1||First go to page 1 and place the cursor before the word FOSS in column 1.|
|Press Enter key four times||Now press Enter key four times.|
|Repeat for column 2||Repeat the process for column 2 also.|
| Click on banner to select it
|| Come back to the banner and click on it to select it.
|Only Narration||Inside the banner we can type any text of our choice.|
|Double-click and type This is a newsletter||Double-click inside the banner and type, “This is a newsletter.”|
| Press Ctrl+A keys
|| Now press Ctrl+A keys to select the full text.
|Click anywhere else to deselect||Now click anywhere else to deselect the banner.|
|Only Narration|| We can even add effects to our newsletter.
|Select the heading FOSS||Select the heading FOSS.|
|Click Format >> Character||Now go to the Format menu and select Character.|
| Point to Character dialog box
|| Character dialog box opens up
|Click on OK button||And click on the OK button.|
|Point to word FOSS|| We can see that the word FOSS is blinking.
|Only Narration||Now let’s learn how to add a watermark.|
|Slide : Watermark|| Watermark is used to indicate that the document is
to be treated in a special way.
|Click Format >> Watermark||Go to the Format menu in the menu bar and select the Watermark option.|
| Point to Watermark dialog box
|| Watermark dialog box opens up.
| Increase to 70 % transparency >> Change color to Light Red 3
|| Increase the transparency to 70 % and change the color to light green Light Red 3.
|Scroll to page 2 >> Point to the Watermark||We can see our Watermark is added to the newsletter.|
| Now we will learn another feature in Writer that is Word count
|Slide : Word count|| Word count feature helps to maintain word count in a document.
|Select Highlighted text||Select the last paragraph which we had highlighted earlier.|
|Point to Status bar||Observe the word count that is displayed in the Status bar.|
|Click on Word and character Count||Click on Word and Character count in the Status bar.|
| Point to Word count dialog box
|| The Word Count dialog box opens up.
|Point to Character including spaces and excluding spaces||It also shows the total count of Characters including spaces and excluding spaces.|
|Click on Close button||Close the Word Count dialog box by clicking on the Close button.|
|Press Ctrl + S, Click on the X icon||Save all the changes and close the file.|
|Only Narration|| This brings us to the end of this tutorial.
|Slide: Summary|| In this tutorial, we learnt how to:
|Slide: Summary|| We also learnt to add the following to the newsletter:
|Slide: Assignment|| As an assignment
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|Slide: Thank you|| This tutorial was originally contributed by DesiCrew Solutions Pvt. Ltd. in 2011.