Basic tasks in Publisher 2013

Microsoft Publisher 2013 lets you create visually rich, professional-looking publications without investing lots of money and time in a complicated desktop publishing application.

You can make things as simple as greeting cards and labels, or as complex as yearbooks, catalogs, and professional email newsletters.

Create a publication

All publications begin with a template, even if it’s a blank template. The trick is to find a template that looks like the vision you have for your final publication. Publisher 2013 comes with built-in templates and access to templates on

Getting started templates

  1. Click File > New, and do one of the following:

  2. Choose one of the Featured templates, and click Create.

  3. To use one of the templates installed in Publisher, choose Built-in, scroll to click the category you want, choose a template, and click Create.

  4. To find a template on, use the Search for online templates box to find what you need. Enter “newsletter,” for example, scroll to a template you like, and click Create.

Save your publication

Save your publication the first time by following these steps.

  1. Click File > Save As.

  2. In Save As, choose where you want to save your publication.

Save As

  • OneDrive is a free Microsoft service that provides password-protected online file storage.

  • Other Web Locations includes web sites that you’ve used recently to save or open files, and a Browse button to save your publication to any web site you have access to.

  • Computer includes any folder on your computer.

  • Add a Placelets you add an online location to save your publication.

  • Enter the name for your publication, and click Save.

After you’ve saved your publication once, you can simply click File > Save each time you want to save.

If you want to change the file name or location of your publication, click File > Save As, and save the publication as if you were saving for the first time.

Add pictures to your publication

  1. Click Home > Pictures.

  2. Under Insert Pictures, find a picture in a folder on your computer, search the clip art gallery, or search the web.

    Insert Pictures

    If you choose several pictures at once, they’re all dropped into the scratch area. From there you can drag pictures to the pages to your publication.

Add text to your publication

Add text to your publication by inserting a text box first. Most templates contain text boxes you can fill in, but you can also add your own text boxes.

First: Add a text box

  1. Click Home > Draw Text Box, and drag the cross shaped cursor to draw a box where you want text.

Draw text box

  1. Type text in the text box.

    If the text you type is too long for the text box, you can make the text box bigger, or link it to another text box.

Second: Link the text boxes

You can link text boxes so that text flows from one box to the other.

  1. When a text box has too much text, a little box with ellipses appears in the lower right of the text box.

Text box overflow

  1. Create a new text box.

  2. Click the overflow indicator and your cursor becomes a pitcher. text box linking pitcher, used to link text boxes.

  3. Move to the new text box and click.

The overflow text will show up in the new text box.

Now as you add text, words flow from one text box to another. If you run out of room in the second box you can link to another text box, and the text will flow through all three boxes.

Add Building Blocks to your publication

Building blocks are reusable pieces of content such as headings, calendars, borders, and advertisements. Publisher has built-in building blocks, or you can create your own.

  1. In the Page Navigation pane, select a page in your publication.

  2. On Insert > Building Blocks, pick a building block gallery.

Building blocks group

  1. Scroll to find a building block, or click More <gallery name> to open the Building Block Library.

  2. Click a building block.

Print your publication

  1. Click File > Print.


  2. Under Print, enter the number of copies to print in Copies of print job box.

  3. Make sure the correct printer is selected.

    Note    The properties for your default printer are automatically entered for you.

  4. Under Settings, do the following:

  5. Make sure the correct range of pages or sections is selected.

  6. Select the layout format for printing.

  7. Set the paper size.

  8. Set whether to print on one side of the paper or on both sides.

  9. If your printer is capable of color printing, choose whether you want to print color or grayscale.

  10. Click the Print button when you are ready to print.

Applies To: Publisher 2013

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