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Microsoft Publisher

Whether you are new to Publisher or need a refresher, these practical tutorials will benefit anyone who uses Publisher to create items for publication.

Microsoft Publisher

Course Description

This online course will help you learn tips and tricks for managing pictures that are added to your print, for working with text and adding shapes to enhance your publication. It will also provide you with a good overview on working with existing pre-made templates, creating your own templates and using the tools within the ribbon.

MS Publisher is “desktop publishing software” used to create professional flyers, newsletters, and brochures for print, mail, or mail-merges. Publisher shines in the ease of picture placement and text wrapping.

Video tutorials are recorded in Microsoft Publisher 2016 for PC.

Course Outcomes:
  • Learn to work with pre-made templates that can be easily customized.
  • Review the parts of a pre-made template to help when building your own template.
  • Set up headers and footers that are consistent across the publication.
  • Office management tips for adding pictures, text and shapes to your publication.
  • Use mail merge to personalize every single publication to the individual recipient.
  • Learn shortcut tips that will expedite your design time.
Certificate Info:

Type of Certification

A Certificate of Training is awarded for completing all lessons within the course. An Accredited Certificate of Achievement is awarded if the learner passes the skills test at the end of the course. The skills test can be taken as many times as needed. The Certificate of Achievement will reflect the highest score achieved.

Format of Certification

Digital and Print

Professional Association/Affiliation

GoSkills is a member of the Continuing Professional Development Certification Service (CPD UK). GoSkills courses have been accredited by the CPD UK, which means that they meet the industry-wide guidelines for continuing professional development.

Method of Obtaining Certification

Once the learner has earned the certificate they can be downloaded from their GoSkills dashboard.  The certificates are in a pdf format, so they can be printed or emailed.  The certificate can also be added to LinkedIn if the learner has an account.

Additional Details

Upon successful completion of a course, the learner will earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
About Instructor:

Andy Lanning - Certified MS Office Specialist


Andy has 20 years of experience in the computer industry and has been training individuals and groups since 1996. As a self professed computer 'nerd', Andy believes in using computer programs like Word to maximize efficiency and solve common workflow issues.

Andy is a Certified Microsoft Office Specialist. She is proficient in Microsoft programs including Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and Publisher.

Andy has taught computer VoTech classes at Boise State University and College of Western Idaho, and owns a computer consulting business.


Course Outline

Understanding the screen layout is paramount to mastering this program. This lesson gives a concise tour of the scratch area, rulers, ribbons, and status bar tools.
Business Information contains your professional contact info and the Design Checker runs through the technical layout of your publication.
Instead of starting from scratch, discover the pre-made templates that are available and easily customized.
Be aware of the options other than printing and design with your end product in mind.
Prepare your work area by setting up the tools you’ll need most often.
Review the parts and structure of a pre-made template and save frustration later when you build your own.
Picture tools help you manage and control your pictures.
Cropping tools let you cut away parts of a picture.
Frame the spot for a picture still to come.
Size pictures precisely to your own measurements; Layer the pictures and control the overlap; and Group pictures so they move as one object.
Align pictures precisely on the page.
Adjust picture brightness, color, reset to original, or compress picture file size.
Change the picture style, shape and frame (border), also add captions.
Creative Commons License is a copyright free picture license.
Insert decorative text into your publication.
View existing text boxes and screen options.
Review toolbar and connect text boxes and word overflow.
Edit your business information so that all publications are uniform with no typos or variations.
Building blocks are pre-designed text boxes that save you time from creating from scratch.
Content that appears at the top and bottom of every single page, like logo’s or page #’s.
Work with template design, page setup tools, and layout guides.
Work with page tools, color schemes and fonts, and page background.
Shapes add interest to a publication by adding text and color.
Two methods to adding a picture inside of a shape.
Use the Publisher guides and rulers to control the placement of your shapes.
Group, rotate and wrap text to shapes.
Edit exactly how text wraps “through” your shape or picture.
Interesting script is vital to a professional publication. Use the review ribbon tools to find words, spell check, or translate.
The view ribbon helps you manage your publication as it is developed and allows you to work with multiple Publisher files efficiently.
Regardless of where your text is placed, formatting tools are in one location.
The file ribbon is where you make the final production decision to your publication.
Learn how to use the mail merge feature to personalize every single publication to the individual recipient.
Create a manual of products with corresponding pictures.
Learn how to use Quick Response (QR) Codes, which are device-scanable images that will deliver information or send the user to a product webpage.
Understand how to use tables which are a “grid layout” for columns of text, like room locations or employee contact information.
Create a picture from a Publisher file in order to send a full-color marketing flyer via email.
Learn these shortcut tips that will expedite your design time.
Learn the differences between the advanced CMYK or PANTONE color formats which are required by some commercial printers.

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