Publisher Essential Training

Duration: 1 day | Book this course
Cost: $395.00 + GST

Course Description

This one day course introduces participants to Microsoft Publisher. They will learn how to create publications by inserting text and graphics, manipulate or modify graphic elements, check the document for errors, and prepare for printing.



Familiarity with the Windows operating system is essential. If you are unsure, please complete a Training Needs Assessment form by clicking here or email

 Who Should Take This Course

If you are a communications specialist, administrative staff, public relations specialist with little or no background in publications design, this course is for you!

Course Outline

Microsoft Publisher

  • What is Publisher?
  • Opening Publisher
  • The Publisher Window
  • Closing Publisher
  • Where to save files to

Creating a Publication

  • Selecting a publication type and template
  • Searching for online templates
  • Opening an existing Publication
  • Using colour schemes
  • Modifying the font scheme

Text Formatting

  • Creating a text box and entering text
  • Selecting text
  • Modifying font colour
  • Modifying the font size
  • Modifying the font type
  • Modifying line spacing
  • Modifying text alignment
  • Inserting drop caps
  • Creating a custom Drop Down Cap style
  • Inserting symbols
  • Inserting the date and time
  • Using the Format Painter
  • Using Undo and Redo
  • Using kerning
  • Using tracking
  • Using scaling
  • Inserting bullets
  • Inserting numbering

Page Formatting

  • Inserting pages
  • Moving pages
  • Deleting pages
  • Inserting page numbers
  • Inserting sections
  • Inserting headers and footers


  • Inserting an online picture
  • Inserting a picture from a file
  • The Picture Tools Format Tab
  • Inserting AutoShapes
  • Modifying AutoShape properties
  • Grouping and ungrouping AutoShapes
  • Rotating and flipping AutoShapes
  • Inserting a WordArt object
  • Modifying WordArt properties

Arranging Objects

  • Displaying the Rulers
  • The horizontal and vertical guides
  • The Layout guides dialog box
  • Baseline guides
  • Grid guides
  • Margin guides
  • Align commands
  • Distribute commands
  • Nudge commands

Personalising the Publication

  • Customising the background
  • Applying a colour scheme
  • Creating a customised colour scheme
  • Deleting a colour scheme that you have created
  • Applying a font scheme
  • Creating a font scheme
  • Deleting a font scheme
  • Inserting information into a publication
  • Creating a new Business Information Set
  • Editing your Business Information


  • Inserting tables
  • Selecting tables
  • Merging cells
  • Splitting cells
  • Deleting tables
  • Using Table AutoFormat
  • Format Table dialog box options

Text Boxes

  • Inserting a text box
  • Moving a text box
  • Modifying text box direction
  • Resizing a text box
  • Text Fit
  • Deleting a text box

Master Pages
Creating Master Pages
Editing master pages
Applying a master page

Publisher Customisation Options

  • AutoRecover options
  • AutoCorrect options
  • Spelling Options

Proofing & Printing

  • Spell checking a publication
  • Print Preview & Zoom
  • The Design Checker
  • Printing Options
  • Packing a publication options