Introduction to Microsoft Publisher
Ready to get creative? With Microsoft Publisher, anyone can master desktop publishing. Through dozens of hands-on exercises, you will create newsletters, calendars, greeting cards, brochures, and many other publications you can use for business, clubs, schools, and more.
Desktop publishing is not just for design professionals! Microsoft Publisher puts desktop publishing within everyone's reach, with easy-to-use templates and designs that help you create dozens of different publication types, including greeting cards, banners, flyers, and booklets. Best of all, if you have a Microsoft 365 subscription on a Windows PC, Publisher is available at no extra cost.
The online Introduction to Microsoft Publisher course teaches you how to use Microsoft Publisher through a series of engaging and useful projects. With each project, you not only learn about a new publication type, but you also build a set of core application skills that will carry through to your own future projects, no matter what type of publication you need. By course completion, you will know how to create a brochure, design business cards, and much more!
What you will learn
- Create single-page publications like award certificates, flyers, and signs
- Make folded publications, including greeting cards and brochures
- Produce varied sizes of publications, from business cards to banners
- Design multi-page, two-sided publications like booklets, newsletters, and magazines
- Use mail merge to personalize each copy of a publication
How you will benefit
- Become the go-to desktop MS Publisher pro for your business, school, or organization
- Save money by designing and printing your own printed materials
- Express your creativity by creating original publication projects
- Open the door to new career opportunities or potential promotions
How the course is taught
- Instructor-led or self-paced online course
- 6 Weeks or 3 Months access
- 24 course hours
New to Microsoft Publisher? This lesson provides a gentle, no-experience-required introduction. You will learn how Publisher compares to other apps, such as word processors like Word and higher-end desktop publication programs like Adobe InDesign. You will find out how to create, save, close, and open publication files, and how to get around in the Publisher interface. You will also create your first publication here, and in the process, you will learn about color schemes and font schemes.
This lesson introduces some fundamental skills that will apply to almost every publication you will create going forward, including business information sets, text boxes, pictures, and shapes. You will start out by using a template to create a flyer that contains text and graphics, and then change its template and its content. Then you will create an award certificate that contains text and drawn shapes, and you will learn how to stack and group objects.
Templates are great, but sometimes it is easier to start with a blank slate. In this lesson, you will learn how to create blank publications of various sizes, and how to insert and delete pages in them. You will also get a closer look at how text boxes work, and practice creating, resizing, and moving text boxes, as well as formatting the text within them. You will also learn how to add borders and shading to a text box and adjust its margins and padding.
You might sometimes have content created in a different application that you want to use in Publisher. No problem! In this lesson you will learn how to import text from a variety of sources. You will find out how to clear any old formatting from the imported text, and how to make text flow seamlessly from one text box to another. Pictures are another type of content you might want to import, and in this lesson, you will learn how to import a picture and then format it in various ways, including moving and resizing it, applying a border, and applying filters, effects, and color corrections that can improve the picture's original appearance. You will also find out how to control the relationship between text and graphics when they overlap.
What do we create publications for, if not for sharing them with people? In this lesson you will learn all about printing your publications, as well as how to save publications in other digital formats such as PDF and HTML. Then you will learn how to send a publication via an email message in several different ways, including attaching the publication as a PDF or XPS file and sending a publication in the body of a message.
Not all publications fit neatly on a standard letter-size sheet of paper. This lesson focuses on three different kinds of publications that all break the size mold in different ways. First you will create a business card and learn about layout options that enable you to print multiple copies per sheet of paper (or cardstock). Then you will learn how to create large banners in Publisher and then either have them professionally printed or piece together a makeshift banner using multiple sheets of paper and a roll of tape. Finally, you will learn how to create advertisements for print publications using whatever size you need to fit the publication's requirements.
In this lesson, you will learn about three kinds of publications that have one thing in common: they are designed to be folded. You will first create a trifold brochure and discover how to make a brochure layout without interfering with the folds. Then you will plan and create a greeting card (and save yourself a fortune in buying store-bought cards!) Finally, you will create a booklet and learn about setting up mirrored pages and adding headers and footers.
This lesson is devoted to a single project: a newsletter. You will discover some common newsletter elements and learn how to plan for double-sided printing. Then you will flow text between pages and create notations that help readers find the second part of a story that starts on page 1. Finally, you will learn how to add pictures, design access, and page parts, and how to print a double-sided newsletter using an ordinary home printer that prints on only one side of the paper at once.
Publisher includes several features that help you make sure your work stays consistently formatted from page to page (and even between publications). You will start out by learning about master pages, which are page templates that help you repeat certain elements and positioning guides on every page of a multi-page publication. Next, you will learn about styles, which apply consistent character and paragraph formatting to text. You will also practice creating and using personal templates, which can be reusable models that can contain both master pages and styles. Finally, you will learn about building blocks, which are saved content snippets you can reuse over and over again.
This lesson takes your design skills to the next level! You will plan and create a magazine cover that includes a full-page bleed, graphics, text boxes, and other elements. You will learn how to align objects precisely on a page, and how to control character spacing and kerning. Next, you will design a table of contents for a magazine, and in the process, you will learn about Publisher's Tables feature. Finally, you will learn how to create two kinds of calendars: a small one that's part of a larger publication, and a whole publication devoted to a multi-month calendar that you could have professionally printed.
Mail merge. The name can sound intimidating, but it's really not that hard! In this lesson, you will create two kinds of mail mergers: a letter to be mailed and an email message to be sent electronically. You will learn about the elements of any mail merge, including a data file, a main document, and merge fields, and you will find out how to combine those elements to make a merge happen.
In this final lesson, you will learn how to print envelopes and address labels, continuing your exploration of mail mergers. You will first create a single envelope and then expand it into a set of merged envelopes. Then you will first create a single self-stick label and print a whole sheet of the same one (for return-address labels), and then you will expand that into a mail-merged set of address labels for sending out cards or packages. Finally, you will put all your skills together and try out some projects that enable you to showcase what you have learned in the course.
Curt Simmons, B.A., M.Ed, is a best-selling author, trainer, and multi-media expert. He holds degrees in English and communication studies and has more than 10 years of experience teaching English and writing in the classroom. Additionally, Simmons has authored numerous books on a wide variety of technology topics and has been a technical editor for numerous other titles.
Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.
There are no prerequisites to take this course.
- This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
- PC: Windows 10 or later.
- Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
- Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
- Microsoft Office 365 suite with Publisher (not included)
- Microsoft Word Online
- Adobe Acrobat Reader
- Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.
- Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.
Instructional Material Requirements:
The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.
Instructor-Led: A new session of each course begins each month. Please refer to the session start dates for scheduling.
Self-Paced: Your course begins immediately after you enroll.
Instructor-Led: Once a course session starts, two lessons will be released each week for the 6 week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends. You will interact with the instructor through the online discussion area. There are no live sessions or online meetings with the instructor.
Self-Paced: You have 3 months of access to the course. After enrolling, you can learn and complete the course at your own pace, within the allotted access period. You will have the opportunity to interact with other students in the online discussion area.
Instructor-Led: The interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes two weeks after each lesson is released, so you're encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release. However, you will have access to all lessons from the time they are released until the course ends.
Self-Paced: There is no time limit to complete each lesson, other than completing all lessons within the allotted access period. Discussion areas for each lesson are open for the entire duration of the course.
Instructor-Led: Students enrolled in a six-week online class benefit from a one-time, 10-day extension for each course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.
Self-Paced: Because this course is self-paced, no extensions will be granted after the start of your enrollment.