Images of Top Features in Microsoft Publisher 2013

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Quick Desktop Publishing Tutorials for New Features in Publisher 2013

Microsoft Publisher 2013 Icon
Microsoft Publisher 2013 Icon. (c) Courtesy of Microsoft

Publisher 2013 is Microsoft's latest version of its desktop publishing application for home or personal use. This may or may not have come with your suite, but you can always purchase it separately if you are interested.

Microsoft’s Publisher Team has stated about this version, “Starting from the already incredible breadth of functionality in Publisher, we chose to invest in targeted ways in a number of specific places - either in support of shared functionality across the suite, or in improving the core scenarios at the heart of Publisher.”

The team also stated that in terms of graphics and effects, Word and PowerPoint have traditionally been superior to Publisher, but the 2013 version will serve to reduce that gap.

Click through this slide show to view new features in Publisher 2013 and learn more.

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Learn as You Go in Publisher 2013

Starting a Publisher 2013 Document
Starting a Publisher 2013 Document. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

My associate has invited me to deliver a presentation to his literature students regarding the steampunk genre. I want to create a flyer to hand out inviting the students to my weekly writer's group.

Publisher 2013 Preview offers the most up-to-date desktop publishing templates and tools. Get an overview or following along with a project you are working on, and you can be familiar with the new functionality in no time.

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How to Find and Use Desktop Publishing Templates in Microsoft Publisher 2013

Templates in Publisher 2013
Templates in Publisher 2013. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

The Microsoft Publisher Team has dedicated more resources than ever toward templates for Publisher 2013.

Since desktop publishing is meant to help you get flyers, business cards, signs, and other documents done quickly, these new templates directly expand Publisher 2013’s usability.

As I open Publisher and select New, I see a template right off the bat that will help me make a flyer to invite the students to join my writers’ group.

Searching for templates by keywords can be tedious. To save time, check out my list of the Microsoft's Best Templates for Publisher.

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How to Use Improved Style Galleries and Previews in Publisher 2013

Color Schemes in Publisher 2013
Color Schemes in Publisher 2013. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

The beauty of improved Style Galleries in Publisher 2013 is, it saves you several formatting steps. Find a style you like, and it can save you steps over and over.

You can also preview how the style will affect your document, which is useful in a time crunch.

As I scan the final product, I decide the colors could look just a little bit more polished. I click the following: Design - Page Design - Schemes - Choose a new Color Scheme.

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How to Use the Scratch Area in Microsoft Publisher 2013

The Scratch Area in Publisher 2013
The Scratch Area in Publisher 2013. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Inserting multiple images tended to be frustrating due to limited workspace, but Publisher 2013’s Scratch Area allows you to instead maneuver thumbnails until used fully in the document.

This works great since I have several pictures I would like to try out. With the new functionality, I select all of them from my Flickr account (see previous slide), and they all automatically land in the Scratch Area for me to use. No more inserting them one by one. Nice!

Even if I make a mess of the images, I can just click Arrange Thumbnails and the images are spread out separately again.

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How to Use Live Picture Swap in Publisher 2013

Live Picture Swap in Publisher 2013
Live Picture Swap in Publisher 2013. (c) Screenshot Courtesy of Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Another tool for creating a great overall design is Live Picture Swap, an icon that now appears in the center of each highlighted image in Publisher 2013.

This feature allows you to drag and preview before dropping it, which swaps your selected picture with the existing picture.

Special formatting is unaffected, such as borders or effects.

I click on the template picture, then on the Live Picture Swap icon, then drag it over each of my steampunk images, still holding down my mouse click. I decide the airship looks best so I drop on that image, and my flyer immediately updates.

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Improvements to Importing and Exporting in Publisher 2013

Exporting to a Professional Printer in Publisher 2013
Exporting to a Professional Printer in Publisher 2013. (c) Courtesy of Microsoft

Publisher 2013 allows you to Export pages for printing at a photo center or commercial printer. These print quality settings can save you production time.

You also can have direct access to online images via OneDrive, which also means quick Importing of images from Flickr or other online repositories.

I export my file to a commercial print setting, since I will be printing these flyers from the school’s copy center tonight. The new printer-friendly formats are an appreciated precaution against the clerk spending time to convert the files once I am there, a service some shops charge you for.

I also import a few steampunk images I have saved online that will work better than this bicycle image.

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How to Use Picture Backgrounds in Publisher 2013

Picture Backgrounds in Publisher 2013
Picture Backgrounds in Publisher 2013. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

While other Microsoft programs have let you set a picture as a background for some time, Publisher 2013 is only newly able to do this.

I decide to try out a blue gradient background, so I click Page Design - Background. Once I see the effect, I decide against a background, but this will come in handy on other designs. I can easily remove it from the same dialogue box.

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Microsoft's Cleaner User Interface and Backstage View for Publisher 2013

Background View in Publisher 2013
Background View in Publisher 2013. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

The Backstage View is now higher in the File button menu (it used to be lower in Publisher 2010). This is one example of how the user interface is a little cleaner in Publisher 2013. This makes it that much easier to manage embedded fonts, customize print settings, and view metadata.

I click File and immediately see the Run Design Checker, which allows me to make final edits just like I used to with Design Checker in Publisher 2010, thanks to the new promoted Backstage View.

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Download Microsoft's Printable Publisher 2013 Quick Start Guide - FREE

Microsoft's Publisher 2013 Quick Start Guide
Microsoft's Publisher 2013 Quick Start Guide. (c) Courtesy of Microsoft

This free Publisher 2013 Quick Start Guide from Microsoft offers pages you can view online or print for additional perspective or help with this version of Office.

Download Microsoft's Free Publisher 2013 Quick Start Guide

Also, for more detailed information on Microsoft Excel, check out About.com's Desktop Publishing Software site.

Microsoft's Best Free Templates for Microsoft Publisher

 

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