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Duration: 1-day

Location: inhouse, online or at our UK locations

What you will learn

This course focuses on creating and amending publications with a variety of layouts and designs. You will learn how to add and manipulate objects including shapes, pictures, text boxes and tables. Add text elements to predefined templates, including linked text boxes and lists. Create business cards, flyers and calendars.

Because of the useful tips and tricks, this course is also suitable for those who are self-taught.


No previous experience of using Publisher is required before attending this course.

Course outline

Starting a New Publication

  • Opening, Viewing and Saving a Publication
  • Changing Views
  • Opening multiple publications
  • Saving a different version of a publication
  • Zooming
  • Undo and Redo
  • Getting Help

Using Publisher Templates

  • Building publications from Templates
  • Changing templates
  • Template Options
  • Change a Template Design

Working with Text Boxes

  • Selecting and Deleting Text
  • Copy and Move Text
  • Creating linked text boxes
  • Control text flow in linked boxes
  • Continuing stories from one text box to another
  • Control automatic fitting
  • Inserting Symbols
  • Create a Bulleted List
  • Create a Numbered List
  • Spell Check

Storing Business Information

  • Create a Business Information Set
  • Edit and Insert Business Information
  • Inserting Dates and Time
  • Using AutoCorrect

Colour and Font Schemes

  • Apply a Different Colour Scheme
  • Apply a Different Font Scheme
  • Apply Font Effects
  • Change Character Spacing
  • Using Drop Caps

Page Settings, Columns and Guides

  • Inserting and deletes pages
  • Two page spread
  • Work with Headers and Footers
  • Inserting page numbers
  • Select a Page Size
  • Adjusting Margins
  • Working with Layout and Ruler Guides
  • Creating Columns

Object Borders and Fills

  • Applying a patterned border
  • Changing object fill
  • Using BorderArt effects and fill effects

Paragraph Formatting

  • Aligning text
  • Changing line and paragraph spacing
  • Copying text formatting
  • Using tab stops and leaders
  • Applying indents
  • Adjusting Text Box margins

Creating Tables

  • Insert and Delete Rows or Columns
  • Controlling Cell Height, Width and margins
  • Applying table fills and borders
  • Table alignment
  • Merge and split cells
  • Change text direction
  • Using diagonals
  • Table styles
  • Turning off automatic hyphenation

Working with Pictures

  • Inserting pictures
  • Wrapping text around pictures
  • Add a picture placeholder
  • Inserting online pictures
  • Control text effects with WordArt

Working with Shapes

  • Drawing Lines and Shapes
  • Formatting lines and shapes
  • Grouping and ungrouping shapes
  • Connect to grouped shapes

Creating Colourful Cards, Flyers and Calendars

  • Aligning and stacking objects
  • Page layout and grid
  • Adding captions, credits and copyrights
  • Changing backgrounds
  • Using the Master Page

Inserting Building Block Elements

  • Inserting predefined content
  • Adding a selection to the building block gallery
  • Inserting objects from the design gallery

Printing Publications

  • Working with print settings