Publisher Quick Start – Create a publication in Publisher

Applies to: Publisher for Office 365, Publisher 2019, Publisher 2016.

Screenshot of a newsletter created from a Publisher template.
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Publisher is a desktop publishing application that assists you with designing visually stunning, premium quality publications.

Through Publisher on your PC, you can:

  • Customise content for a print or online publication in a range of ready-made designed templates.
  • Design everyday items like greeting cards and labels.
  • Produce complex projects like yearbooks, catalogues, and professional e-mail newsletters.

Create with a template

  1. Start Publisher. If you’re already in Publisher, click File > New.
  1. Choose or find a template:
  • Pick a FEATURED template.
  • Click BUILT-IN and choose a template.
  • Explore a template using:
  • Search for online templates Start Searching button , or
  • One of the Suggested searches.
  1. Choose Create.
Screenshot of templates on the Publisher Start screen.

Add a text box

  1. Click Home > Draw Text Box.
  1. Drag the cross-shaped cursor to draw a box in the desired area to create text.
  1. Write the text in the text box. If the text extends past the text box, enlarge the text box, or connect it to another text box.
Screenshot of a text box on a page of a Publisher file.

Insert a picture

You can add a picture from your computer, or insert an online picture from OneDrive or the web.

  1. Pick Insert > Pictures or Insert > Online Pictures.
  1. Search for your ideal picture and choose it.
  1. Click Insert.
Screenshot of the Insert Pictures window for online pictures.

Also See

Quick Start

Save

Design

Learn more

Make cards and brochures

Make and print business cards on Avery stock

Make greeting cards

Make one or two-sided postcards

Find brochure templates

Make a brochure

Build newsletters

Create a newsletter

Remove pages from a newsletter

Create and send email newsletters

Work with calendars and templates

Change the dates on a calendar

Change the month on a calendar

Add months to a calendar

Create a publication from a template

Find an Avery template

Create labels with different addresses

See Also

Format Publisher publications

Change the layout of Publisher publications

Print and mail Publisher publications

Troubleshoot Publisher publications

Format

Basic formatting

Resize the page or paper

Highlight text

Fit text in a text box

Change line spacing

Add or delete pages

Insert a table of contents (TOC)

Use building blocks to quickly create a publication

Save As or convert a publication to .pdf

Add a PDF file or image to a publication

Create a hyperlink

Change the colour of hyperlinks

Intermediate

Work with pictures

Tips for working with images

Crop a picture

Insert a picture into an AutoShape

Make a picture a background

Group and ungroup text boxes, pictures, and other objects

Work with watermarks

Add a watermark to a photo or picture

Add a text watermark

Create a watermark from a photo or picture

Print watermarks

Remove a watermark

See Also

Create Publisher publications

Change the layout of Publisher publications

Print and mail Publisher publications

Troubleshoot Publisher publications

Layout

Work with borders, backgrounds, and columns

Add or remove a page border in Publisher

Add a border around a text box, picture, or other object

Remove a border around a page, text box, picture or other object

Create columns within a text box in Publisher

Working with page margins

Make a two-column publication

Change the background color

Make a background transparent

See Also

Create Publisher publications

Format Publisher publications

Print and mail Publisher publications

Troubleshoot Publisher publications

Print and mail

Create and print labels with different addresses

Print different labels on one sheet

Add and print crop marks

Set page margins for printing

Print watermarks

Print a newsletter on 11×17 paper

Print a sheet of business cards

Print a brochure

Print two-sided postcards

Print multiple postcards on a single sheet

Make and print business cards on Avery stock

See Also

Create Publisher publications

Format Publisher publications

Change the layout of Publisher publications

Troubleshoot Publisher publications

Expert

Troubleshoot

Common printing issues

Fix text hyphenation

“Publisher cannot save the file” error when saving as PDF

Common mail merge issues

Understanding the Custom Page Size dialogue box in Publisher

Where is the Publisher viewer?

Understanding the Page Setup dialogue in Publisher

See Also

Create Publisher publications

Format Publisher publications

Change the layout of Publisher publications

Print and mail Publisher publications

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