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Publisher Quick Start


Design in Publisher

Link text boxes

If you have too much text to fit in a text box, select or create another text box and link them.

  1. Select the overflow button The Publisher text box overflow button .

    The cursor changes to a pitcher text box linking pitcher, used to link text boxes. .

  2. Select the text box you want the text to flow into, or click anywhere on the page to create a new text box for the overflow text.

Screenshot of a text box with overflow text ready to pour into another text box.

Swap pictures

Drag and swap pictures from the scratch area to your layout until you find the layout you like.

  1. Select a picture.

  2. Drag the picture by the mountain icon where you want it.

  3. When the pink highlight appears around the picture, release the mouse button.

Swap pictures

Crop a picture

  1. Select the picture.

  2. Select Picture Tools Format > Crop.

  3. Use the cropping handles to size the picture:

    • Drag a center handle to crop that side.

    • Hold Ctrl and drag a center handle to crop evenly on two sides.

    • Hold Ctrl+Shift and drag a corner handle to crop all four sides evenly.

  4. Click outside the picture to crop.

Screenshot of an image being cropped.

Add effects to pictures

You can add effects like shadow, reflection, glow, soft edges, bevel, and 3-D rotation to pictures.

  1. Select a picture.

  2. Select Picture Tools Format > Picture Effects.

  3. Select an effect: Shadow, Reflection, Glow, Soft Edges, Bevel, or 3-D Rotation.

  4. Select the effect you want.

Picture effect

Add effects to text

You can add shadow, reflection, glow, and bevel effects to text.

  1. Select the text you want to format.

  2. Select Text Box Tools Format > Text Effects.

  3. Select the type of effect: Shadow, Reflection, Glow, or Bevel.

  4. Select the specific effect you want.

Text effects

Add a building block

Publisher offers hundreds of building blocks to use in your publications, like headings, calendars, borders, and advertisements.

  1. Select the Insert tab.

  2. Select a building block:

    • Page Parts

    • Calendars

    • Borders & Accents

    • Advertisements

See all building blocks

  • Select Show Building Block Library Dialog Box Launcher button on the ribbon .

  • Select a building block in the library, and then select Insert.

Publisher Building Blocks Screenshot of the partial Building Block Library window displaying thumbnails in the Page Parts category.

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