The main use of Publisher is to produce high-quality print publications. These may be printed on a desktop printer or sent out to a copy shop or commercial print shop. For information to help you choose between these options see Printing: Choose between desktop, copy shop, and commercial printing.

Note: The preview window may display in black and white even if your publication(s) includes color if the selected printer does not support color printing, or if the selected printer supports color and you selected Composite Grayscale setting.

Where is the print command?

In Publisher 2010 and later, the Print command is in the Backstage view. To get to the Backstage view, click the File tab in the upper left of Publisher File button. In addition to printing, the Backstage view contains commands for saving, opening, and closing files, as well as information about the current publication and sharing the publication, and Publisher options.

Print settings and print preview

The Backstage view for printing looks like this.

Publisher print settings overview

The print settings are on the left and the preview pane is on the right. The settings on the left will affect the printed publication, while the settings on the right only affect your view of the publication.

Note: Some of these controls are dependent on other settings; for example, the color control will only be available if your printer can print in color, and the front/back transparency slider will only be available if you choose print on both sides of the paper.

You can use the print settings to configure the following options.

print settings in publisher 2010

1

Print

Enter the number of copies of the print job you want to print and press Print to send the job to your printer.

2

Printer

In addition to selecting from a list of available printers, you can also add a new printer, access the Printer Properties, and print to a file.

3

Settings

The settings section gives you control over:

  • Pages:  Allows you to select specific pages or page ranges to print.

  • Pages per sheet:  Here you can specify where on a sheet of paper your publication will print and how the pages of your publication will be laid-out on the sheets of paper.

  • Paper size:  Select the size and style of the sheets of paper you will use to print your publication.

  • One sided/two sided printing:  Choose whether to print on one or both sides of the paper, and which edge to use in flipping the paper.

  • Color:  If your printer supports color this control will allow you to choose color or grayscale printing.

  • Save settings with publication:  If selected this check box will save your Settings selections with this publication.

Note: In Publisher, page size refers to a working area of your publication. Paper, or sheet, size is the size of the paper that you use for printing. A sheet of paper may contain multiple pages, and a large page may print across multiple sheets.

The preview pane changes to reflect changes made in the print settings.

print preview in publisher 2010

It also provides the following.

1

Sheet navigation

Move through the sheets of your publication.

2

Front and Back buttons

These buttons are available when you print on both sides of the sheet of paper: click to view the front or back of the sheet.

3

Zoom slider

Slide to the left to zoom out and slide to the right to zoom in on your publication.

4

Fit to sheet

If you are viewing more than one sheet, this button will zoom to view one sheet.

5

View multiple sheets

If your publication will be printed on multiple sheets of paper, you can use this button to preview more than one sheet at a time.

6

Show/hide page numbers

This slider will show you the order of the pages being imposed on the sheet(s) of paper. This is particularly useful when you are printing a publication with more than one page on the sheet, such as a greeting card.

7

Show/hide the rulers

Shows or hides the rulers for the height and width of the currently selected sheet of paper. If you change the paper size in Settings, the rulers will change accordingly.

8

Transparent view slider

f you are printing on two sides of the sheet, this slider will allow you to see through to the other side of the sheet, like holding the printed paper over a light table. This allows you to be sure that your publication lines up correctly on both sides of the sheet of paper.

Print your publication

  1. Click File > Print.

  2. In the Print section, set the number of copies to print in Copies of print job.

  3. In the Printer section, make sure that the correct printer is selected.

    The preview window will display in black and white, regardless of whether your publication(s) includes color, unless you have selected a color printer.

  4. In the Settings section:

    1. Make sure that the correct set of pages or sections is selected.

    2. Select the format for imposing your pages on the sheet.

    3. Set the paper size.

    4. Set whether to print on one side of the sheet of paper or both, and when printing on both sides whether to flip the sheet of paper on the long or short side.

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

  5. Click the Print button to send the publication to your printer.

  1. Click File > Print.

  2. In the Print section, set the number of copies to print in Copies of print job.

  3. Click the Print button to send the publication to your printer.

  1. Click File > Print.

  2. In the Settings section, click in the Pages text box.

  3. In the text box, type the page number of the first page that you want to print, type a hyphen, and then type the last page of the range that you want to print, for example: 2-4.

  4. Click the Print button to send the publication to your printer.

  1. Click File > Print.

  2. In the Settings section, click in the Pages text box.

  3. In the text box, type the page number of the first page that you want to print, type a comma, and then type the next page that you want to print. Repeat for each page number that you want to print, for example, 2,4,6,8.

  4. Click the Print button to send the publication to your printer.

If you are printing labels or business cards, the default option will be Multiple copies per sheet. This will print more than one copy of each page of your publication, with each set of pages on separate sheets of paper. When you choose this option, the Layout Options button becomes available, allowing you to adjust the margin guides to increase or decrease the number of copies of your publication that can fit on a single sheet of paper. For example, if your business card publication contains two pages, each page containing a different business card, and you select Multiple copies per sheet and 10 copies, then a total of 20 copies — 10 copies of each of the two different business cards — will be printed on two sheets of paper, one sheet for each page.

  1. Click File >Print.

  2. In the Settings section, select Multiple copies per sheet and then select the number of copies.

  3. Click the Print button to send the publication to your printer.

    Notes: 

    • If you click One page per sheet, your publication will be printed in the center of the sheet of paper.

    • If you want to print one page of your publication per sheet at a specific position on the sheet, click Multiple copies per sheet, click Layout Options, and then change your publication's position on the sheet by adjusting the row options, column options, and horizontal and vertical gap values under More print options. This option is available for publications with page sizes that are smaller than the paper sizes, such as advertisements, business cards, and with compliments cards.

When you want to print labels, name tags, or business cards, it is usually most efficient to print a whole series on a single sheet. You can do that in Publisher from the Multiple pages per sheet option on the Print page. When you choose this option, the Layout Options button becomes available, allowing you to adjust the margin guides to increase or decrease the number of copies of your publication that can fit on a single sheet of paper. For example, if you have a set of 10 postcards with different information on each, and you select Multiple pages per sheet and one copy, then all ten pages will print on the one sheet of paper.

Note: This option is available only when the publication page size is smaller than the sheet that the publication is set to print on.

  1. Click File > Print.

  2. In the Settings section, select Multiple pages per sheet and then select the number of copies.

  3. Click the Print button to send the publication to your printer.

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