How to get started with Microsoft Publisher

Part of the Microsoft Office suite, Microsoft Publisher helps you design projects and publications that include both text and graphics. He offers user-friendly templates and customizable objects that make professional-quality graphic layout and typography as easy and intuitive as possible.

In this Microsoft Publisher Tutorialwe will explain the application to you basic tools and features so you can immediately start creating content like newsletters, leaflets, business cardsand more.

  1. Choose a model

    Built-in templates from Microsoft Publisher.

    When you first open Microsoft Publisher, the Start screen displays a list of common project styles you can choose from. You can also use the search bar to find a more personalized model online.

    Under the search bar, you can see that the default page shows the Highlighted models. If you want to create your own layout, use one of the blank templates here on the Highlighted page.

    If you want to use a preset, click the Integrated tab next to Highlighted and Publisher will show you a list of folders sorted by publication types, like Newsletters, Business cardsetc In these folders, you’ll see thumbnails for all of Publisher’s built-in template styles.

    Select one that resembles the project you have in mind. You can customize size, orientation, color scheme and font set in the right panel with a live thumbnail preview. Once you’re happy with the preview, click Create at the bottom right to load the still fully customizable template.

  2. Get to know your workspace

    Ribbon toolbar in Microsoft Publisher.

    Publisher’s basic layout looks almost exactly like the layout of any other Microsoft Office application. You will see your project in the main workspace in the center of the screen and the main ribbon toolbar at the top of the screen. The ribbon toolbar is where you will find all the most important tools for design, modify and revise your project.

    An important difference in Publisher is that you will find a secondary toolbar on the left of your screen displaying an overview of all the pages in your project. This pages The toolbar allows you to select the thumbnail of any page to display that page in your main workspace.

  3. How to use items

    Choose objects such as pictures in Microsoft Publisher.

    The editor treats anything you place on any page as individual objects. This includes text, images, shapes, borders, headers, etc. Any object can be organized and edited separately from any other object, allowing you complete freedom in manipulating the content.

    Each object has its own border outline with white circles called handles at each corner. You can use the handles to modify or move any object by clicking and dragging. Most Publisher templates are made up of combinations of predefined objects in predefined locations.

  4. How to add text boxes

    Draw a text box in Microsoft Publisher.

    Most models come with text box objects containing generic text. You can click on any existing text to select the text box object and add your own words.

    If you want to insert your own text box, click the Insert in the ribbon toolbar, then select Draw a text box on the right side of your screen. Your cursor will show a crosshair icon, which you can click and drag to draw your text box.

    If you need to edit your text box, select it and click the Format which appears in the ribbon toolbar to customize font, size, alignment, and color.

  5. How to add images

    Inserting an image into Microsoft Publisher.

    For add pictureclick on the ribbon Insert tab and select Pictures. You will be able to choose any image from your computer, cloud or internet search.

    Once you’ve placed your image on any page in your project, you can select the image and click the Format on the ribbon to display Publisher’s built-in image-editing tools. These include:
    • Brightness and contrast corrections
    • Recolor
    • Image border and effects
    • Wrap text
    • Culture
    • To return to
    • To rotate
    • Resize

    Click on the tool you need, then use the drop-down menus or handles that will appear around your image to make specific adjustments.

  6. How to add shapes and other objects

    Added other objects in Microsoft Publisher.

    To the right of the Pictures button, you will find the Shapes button. This is where you can insert basic shapes in your project. These can be useful for creating simple logos and artwork.

    To the right of the Shapes button are a few other pre-formatted elements that you can insert and modify to match your overall design. These building blocks include borders, calendars, WordArt, date and time boxes, quotes, headers, footers, and more.

    When you insert one into your project, you can right-click on it and select Format the object from the context menu to play with its colors, style, alignment, etc.

  7. How to use the design checker

    Once you are happy with the layout of your project, finish by giving it a final automated inspection using the editor Design Checker. You can find it by clicking Case in the ribbon then Info > Design Checker.

    A menu will appear on the right side of your screen displaying a list of design or layout issues Design Checker found in your content. Click on any of them to see its full explanation as well as the editor’s suggestions on what to change.

  8. Save, export and print your finished project

    While you are working, you can save your project regularly by pressing CTRL+S. Once you’re happy with your design, you can export your project to your preferred file format, such as PDF or HTML, by clicking File > Export. You can also print your drawing by selecting File > Print.

    Get started today by downloading and installing Microsoft Publisher. Want to test another app? Check out these four alternatives to Microsoft Publisher.