How to Use Microsoft Publisher

A beginner’s tutorial to MS Publisher

What to Know

  • New document: Select
    Greeting Cards
    > choose a template > select
  • Edit text: Select exiting text box to highlight text > begin typing to replace.
  • Add text: Select
    Draw Text Box
    > select and drag to draw text box > type into text box.

The article explains the basics of how to use Microsoft Publisher 2022, 2022, 2022, 2022, and Publisher for Microsoft 365.

How to Create a New Document in Publisher

When you open Publisher, you’ll see a selection of design templates to jump-start your publication, as well as a blank template if you want to start from scratch.

  1. Select the
    tab above the templates shown.

  2. Scroll down a bit and select
    Greeting Cards.

  3. Select a template from the
    section at the top.

  4. Choose
    in the right pane.

How to Edit Existing Text in Publisher

The pages of the birthday card display as thumbnails on the left side of Publisher, with the first page ready for you to customize.

To change the text that’s already in the template, select a text box to highlight the text, and then start typing to replace it.

How to Add New Text in Publisher

You can also add new text boxes to your publication.

  1. From the page you want to add text to, go to
    Draw Text Box. The cursor will change to a cross/plus sign.

  2. Select and drag anywhere on the page to draw a text box.

  3. After releasing the mouse button, the text box will become editable so you can type into it.

    tab (called
    Text Box
    in some versions) also becomes available from the menu, which you can use to change the font, alignment, and other formatting options.

    You can edit the text box if it’s too big/small or in the wrong place. To resize it, select and drag one of the handles on the corner or edge of the box. Select a non-boxed edge to drag the text box elsewhere.

  4. When you’re done customizing your text, select an area outside the text box to exit it.

How to Add Pictures to a Publisher Document

Adding photos makes it your own, which is especially important for personalized documents like anniversary cards and birthday cards.

  1. Select the
    tab if it’s not already active, and then choose

  2. Select one of the options for where you want to import an image from. We’ll use Bing in this example, so we’ll select the text box next to
    Bing Image Search.

  3. Enter a relevant keyword to search for the image you want.
    is a good one for our example.

  4. Select one or more images that you want to use, and then choose

  5. Select and drag the inserted image to move it where you want, and use the handles on the sides and corners to resize it as desired.

How to Print Your Publication

Printing is easy. Since we’re dealing with a birthday card, it will arrange the pages appropriately so that we can fold them onto each other to make a birthday card.

  1. Go to
    Print, or use the
    keyboard shortcut.

  2. Select a printer from the

  3. Adjust the options if you wish, like the folding method or paper size, and then select

How to Save in MS Publisher

Save your publication to your computer or your OneDrive account to always have a backup should you need to edit the document or reuse it after it’s been closed down.

  1. Go to
    Save As.

  2. Select
    This PC
    OneDrive. Choose
    to manually locate the folder you want to save it to.

  3. Locate the folder you want to save the document to, give it a memorable name, and then select

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