Learn Microsoft Publisher 2013 & 2010 with this comprehensive course from TeachUcomp, Inc. Mastering Publisher Made Easy features 69 video lessons with over 4 hours of introductory through advanced instruction. Watch, listen and learn as your expert instructor guides you through each lesson step-by-step. During this media-rich learning experience, you will see each function performed just as if your instructor were there with you. Reinforce your learning with the text of our printable classroom instruction manual, additional images and practice exercises. You will learn how to create dynamic fliers, postcards & business cards, perform mail merges, preparing your projects for printing and much more.
Whether you are completely new to Publisher or upgrading from an older version, this course will empower you with the knowledge and skills necessary to be a proficient user. We have incorporated years of classroom training experience and teaching techniques to develop an easy-to-use course that you can customize to meet your personal learning needs. Simply launch a video lesson or open the manual and you’re on your way to mastering Publisher.
Who is the target audience?
- Anyone wanting to learn Microsoft Publisher.
- Publisher software recommended for practice.
What Will I Learn?
Includes Classroom Instruction Manual
Working with Text
Working with Graphics
Curriculum For This Course
Getting Acquainted with Publisher
The picture shown is of the initial
screen view when you open a new publication in Publisher 2013:2010. A
publication is the file type created in Publisher. Within a publication you
create and modify text and graphic objects within the pages that constitute the
publication. When you close a publication, Publisher will prompt you to save
unsaved changes in any open publications that you were working on before
closing. Learn this and more during this lecture.
The Publisher Environment
The Title Bar runs across the very
top of the window. The name of the publication you are working on will be
displayed here. At the right end of the Title Bar is a button group. There are
four buttons in this group in Publisher 2013 and three in Publisher 2010. They
are, from left to right, “Microsoft Publisher Help, “Minimize,”
“Maximize/Restore Down,” and “Close.” In Publisher 2010, only the last three
buttons mentioned are displayed. Other than the “Microsoft Publisher Help”
button, these buttons affect the display of the application window. Learn this and more during this lecture.
The Title Bar
The main tool in Publisher is the
Ribbon. This object allows you to perform all of the commands available in the
program. The Ribbon is divided into tabs. Within these tabs are different
groups of commands. The commands in each group can be accessed either through
the use of buttons, boxes, or menus available within the group. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Starting in Publisher 2010, the
“File” tab within the Ribbon replaces the functionality of the older “Microsoft
Office” button that appeared in Publisher 2007. You can click the “File” tab in
the Ribbon to open a view of the file called the “Backstage View.” In this
view, you can perform all of your file management. This includes functions such
as saving a file, opening an existing file, or creating a new file. Learn this and more during this lecture.
The “File” Tab and Backstage View
The Quick Access toolbar is located
above the Ribbon by default. However, you can also place it below the Ribbon by
clicking the “Customize Quick Access Toolbar” button at the right end of the
toolbar and then selecting the “Show Below the Ribbon” command. You can reset
it to its default location by clicking the same “Customize Quick Access
Toolbar” button and then choosing the “Show Above the Ribbon” command. Learn this and more during this lecture.
The Quick Access Toolbar
Because of the increased use of tablets,
Publisher 2013 has been redesigned with a new mode to allow for easier access
to the buttons and other commands within the Ribbon and Quick Access toolbar.
This mode is called touch mode. When you enter touch mode within the Publisher
2013 interface, the Ribbon and Quick Access toolbar are enlarged and extra
space is added around the buttons and commands within the Ribbon and Quick
Access toolbar so that you can more easily access them on your touch-based
tablet. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Touch Mode- 2013
When viewing your publication
pages, scroll bars will appear both vertically and horizontally along the right
and bottom sides of your publication page. They have arrows at each end that
point in the direction in which they will scroll the page when you click them.
You use the scroll bars to scroll through your page’s content. You may click
the arrows at the ends of the scroll bars to move through the page’s content,
or you may click and drag the box inside of the scroll bars to move across the
page more rapidly. If you have a mouse with a scrolling wheel, you can simply
roll the scroll wheel on your mouse up or down to vertically scroll through the
page in your publication, as the scroll wheel on your mouse is typically set to
work with the vertical scroll bar in Microsoft Publisher. Learn this and more during this lecture.
The Scroll Bars
upon the type of publication you are creating in Publisher, you may want a
one-page or two-page page layout to be displayed onscreen. For multi-page
publications, you often will use a two-page layout. Publisher allows you to
view your publication using either a one page or two page spread. Learn this and more during this lecture.
The Page Layout View Buttons
In the lower right corner of the
application window, you can see the Zoom slider in Publisher. You use this to
change the magnification level of the pages in your publication. This does not
modify the publication in any way, but rather changes your perception of how
close or far away the pages in your publication appear onscreen. Learn this and more during this lecture.
The Zoom Slider and “Zoom” Button Group
At the bottom of the application
window is a long, thin, horizontal bar in which you find objects such as the
“Zoom slider” and the “Page Layout View” buttons. The bar within which these
tools appear is called the Status Bar. Here you can see various statuses
monitored within Publisher, such as the magnification level and the current
page number and total count of pages. Learn this and more during this lecture.
The Status Bar
feature in Microsoft Publisher is the Mini toolbar. When you select text within
the publication and hold your mouse pointer over it, you will see a small
dimmed-out toolbar appear next to the selection. You can roll your mouse
pointer over the faded-out toolbar to make it appear solid. Learn this and more during this lecture.
The Mini Toolbar
The changes to the visual interface that were
implemented in Publisher 2010 have also affected the use of keyboard shortcuts
within the application. While many things have changed, many other things have
stayed the same to assist users in the migration to Publisher from versions
prior to 2010. First off, you should be aware that all of the “Ctrl” key
keyboard shortcuts remain intact. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Creating Basic Publications
When you first open Publisher 2013,
you will see a startup screen that allows you to create a new publication.
Simply click the type of publication that you want to create within the listing
of available templates that appears at the right side of the startup screen. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Creating New Publications
You can change the template used by a
publication to switch its layout and page design. This can be useful when
starting from a blank page design, so that you can then change the blank page
template to a selected type of publication template prior to adding the text
and pictures. This can also save you a lot of time in designing page layouts
and page sizes when creating various types of publications such as brochures,
business cards and flyers. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Changing the Publication Template- 2013 Only
In Publisher, you can input and save your
business or personal information, including name, position, address, e-mail,
logo, phone and more into a “Business Information” set for ease of use in
publications. You can create different “Business Information” sets for
different users or different purposes. You can then select a set to use when
creating a publication from a template to quickly and easily add that
information to the publication in the designated areas. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Using Business Information
When you save a publication for the
first time, you must use the “Save As” command so that you can choose where to
save the file and what to name it. To do this, click the “File” tab within the
Ribbon. Then click the “Save As” command in the command panel shown at the left
side of the backstage view. To the right of the command panel, under the
“Places” section, you will see the places that are available for you to save
the file. These include your “SkyDrive” folder for Microsoft user accounts and
your “Computer.” When you save to your SkyDrive folder, the publications will
be saved on an online computer that you can access from any computer that you
can access with your Microsoft user account. If you select the “Computer”
choice, the file will be saved locally on the computer at which you are
working. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Saving Publications- 2013 Only
After you have made any change to a
publication that you want to keep, you should save the publication. Learning to
save your work frequently is one of the most important computer skills you can
have. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Saving Publications- 2010 Only
you have multiple publications open, then to close a publication you can just
click the “x” in the upper right corner of the application window to close the
current publication. Clicking the “x” is equivalent to executing the “Close”
command. Learn this and more during this lecture.
To open a publication, you must
first know where the publication you want to open is located. When you
initially open Publisher, you can see a listing of recently opened publications
shown in the panel at the left side of the startup screen, under the “Recent”
section. You can open one of these listed publications by clicking on its name
within the panel to reopen it. However, if the publication you want to open is
not shown in the listing, then you can click the “Open Other Publications”
command within the panel reveal the “Open” category within the backstage view.
If you are already working within Publisher and wish to open another
publication, you can also display the “Open” category within the backstage view
by clicking the “File” tab within the Ribbon and then clicking the “Open”
command at the left side of the backstage view. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Opening Publications- 2013 Only
To open a publication, you must
first know where the publication you want to open is located. This location
could be within a folder on your computer, a network folder, or perhaps located
on some other type of removable media. Once you know where the file is located,
you open it using the “Open” dialog box. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Opening Publications- 2010 Only
When you are creating your
publications, you will often need to add pages to hold more content, especially
if you are creating a new blank publication from scratch. Before you insert a
page, you will most likely want to select the page in the Navigation Pane that
is the page immediately before the position at which you want to insert a new
page. While it is possible to insert pages before
a selected page, they are more commonly inserted after a selected page. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Inserting New Pages
can delete publication pages by selecting the page to delete within the
Navigation Pane. Then click the “Delete” button in the “Pages” button group on
the “Page Design” tab within the Ribbon. Alternately, you can right-click on
the page to delete within the Navigation Pane and select the “Delete” command
from the pop-up menu which appears. Learn this and more during this lecture.
You can easily reorganize the pages
within a publication by simply clicking and dragging pages up and down within
the Navigation Pane. You can click and drag the pages shown within the
Navigation Pane to the desired page location and then release it when it is in
the correct position. As you click and drag you will see a dark thin line
appear between the existing pages so that you will be able to tell where the
page will insert itself when you release the mouse button. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Text boxes are used to display text
within a publication page. To insert a text box, click the “Draw Text Box”
button in either the “Objects” button group on the “Home” tab or the “Text”
button group on the “Insert” tab within the Ribbon. When you do this, your
mouse pointer will turn into a black crosshair. Click and drag over the area
within the publication you want the text box to cover. When you release the
mouse button, you will create the text box. The blinking insertion marker for
the text you type will appear within the text box, so you can immediately type
the text you want the text box to contain. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Inserting Text Boxes
Publisher allows you to insert various
shapes into your pages. Click the “Shapes” button in either the “Objects”
button group on the “Home” tab or the “Illustrations” button group on the
“Insert” tab within the Ribbon. You can then view a drop-down menu of all of
the various shapes you can insert. Roll your mouse pointer over the shape you
want to insert and then click it to select it. Learn this and more during this lecture.
can add text to any shape you have drawn within a page. When you do this,
Publisher will convert the selected shape to a text box. However, since you
have many shapes at your disposal you can see that a text box does not have to
be a literal box shape. Using this technique allows you to create text circles,
text triangles, and many, many other types of text-containing shapes. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Adding Text to Shapes
You can insert your own pictures that you
have saved to your computer into your publications. For example, if you were
creating a newsletter and wanted to insert a picture from a recent meeting or
event you had saved to your computer, you could easily do that in Publisher.
However, before you do this, ensure that you know within which folder on your
computer the picture that you want to insert is located. You will need to know
this information to locate and then insert the picture. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Inserting Your Own Pictures- 2013 Only
One of the most useful and fundamental
functions of Publisher is the ability to add pictures into your publications to
enhance their appearance. In Publisher 2013, you can now insert pictures from
various online resources, including Office.com, your SkyDrive, and other online
resources. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Inserting Online Pictures- 2013 Only
You can also insert a picture placeholder
into your publication page. A picture placeholder allows you to allocate space
in a page for a picture you can insert later. To do this, click the “Picture
Placeholder” button in the “Illustrations” button group on the “Insert” tab in
the Ribbon. A picture placeholder will automatically be inserted into your
page. You can then move and resize the placeholder as desired. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Inserting Picture Placeholders- 2013 Only
Publisher 2013 allocates the space
sounding your publication as a scratch area into which it places pictures that
you can insert into your publication pages. If you insert multiple pictures at
the same time when using either the “Insert Picture” dialog box or the “Insert
Pictures” windows, Publisher will add the selected pictures into a column
within the scratch area to the right of your publication page. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Using the Scratch Area- 2013 Only
One of the most useful functions of
Publisher is the ability to add Clip Art and other pictures to your publication
to maximize its overall appearance. Publisher provides you with a Clip Art
Gallery stocked with hundreds of images that you will find useful for enhancing
your publications. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Inserting Clip Art and Pictures- 2010 Only
One of the great features of Publisher is
that you have the freedom to move and rearrange all of the objects anywhere you
want on a publication page. In this lecture, you will learn how to move, resize,
and rotate objects within publication pages. Before you do any of these
activities, however, first click the object you would like to manipulate to
select it. You can tell when an object has been selected because it will appear
with a solid border that contains small white circles and squares around its perimeter.
These are the resizing handles. You use these to resize the object, if needed.
It will also have a small circle on a perpendicular line at the top of the
selected object. This is the rotation handle that will allow you to rotate the
selected object. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Moving, Resizing, and Rotating Objects
When working with a publication,
eventually you will need to delete an object. To delete an object, right-click
the object to delete and select the “Delete Object” command from the pop-up
menu that appears. Another way to accomplish this task is to select the object
you wish to delete, and then press the “Delete” or “Del” key on your keyboard. Learn this and more during this lecture.
can use the “Find & Replace” feature to replace text that you search for
with replacement text within publication pages. To do this, click the “Replace”
button in the “Editing” button group on the “Home” tab in the Ribbon to open
the “Find and Replace” window in the Task Pane. Enter a word or phrase for
Publisher to find by typing it into the “Search for” field. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Using Find and Replace
When adding text to a publication, you
may make typographical errors. You may swap the “i” and “e” in certain words, or forget a
second “r,” for example. A common error is typing the word “the” as “teh.”
The AutoCorrect feature recognizes some of these commonly misspelled words and
automatically corrects them for you. The best part of AutoCorrect is that it is
automatically enabled when you use Publisher. Another handy feature of
AutoCorrect is that you can add your own word that you commonly misspell or
mistype. Learn this and more during this lecture.
is text that is created and formatted as if it were a shape. Therefore, you can
use many of the same formatting techniques and styles that you use when
formatting shapes to also modify WordArt. To insert WordArt into your
publication, click the “Insert” tab in the Ribbon and then click the “WordArt”
button within the “Text” button group. This will display a list of WordArt
styles for you to select from in a drop-down menu. Learn this and more during this lecture.
In Publisher, you cannot apply font
formatting to a text-containing object if it is selected as an object. When
selected as an object, you can only apply shape formatting to the object even
if the shape contains text. To apply text formatting to text contained within
an object, you must click into the text within the object and then select the
text to which you want to apply font formatting. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Before you can apply formatting to a
shape, you need to click it to select it. If selecting a text box or WordArt as
a shape, ensure that you click on its border so that the border appears as a
solid line. That indicates that the shape itself has been selected, and not its
text. Once the shape has been selected, you will see the “Format” tab of the
“Drawing Tools” contextual tab appear in the Ribbon. This tab provides you with
several formatting options for the selected object. Learn this and more during this lecture.
Once you select a picture, the “Picture
Tools” contextual tab appears with the “Format” tab displayed. This tab
contains functions you can use to quickly and