Creating a New Publication

Learn the steps you'll need to take to create a new publication in Publisher 2010.

Creating a new publication

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Publisher offers dozens of templates for almost any type of publication you would want to create, including brochures, newsletters, and greeting cards. Of course, if you can't find a template you like you can always modify one to suit your needs or even create a publication from a blank page. Understanding Publisher's templates and layout tools will help you create publications that look the way you want.

To create a new publication from a template:

  1. Click the File tab to go to Backstage view, then select New. The Available Templates pane will appear.
  2. Select the type of publication you wish to create.
    Available template typesAvailable template types
  3. A selection of templates will appear in the Available Templates pane. Choose from one of two categories:
    • Office.com templates, which include templates created by other users. User-created templates are indicated with a User icon . Although Microsoft does review these templates, you should use caution when downloading them, as they are not guaranteed to be free of viruses and other problems.
      Office.com templatesOffice.com templates
    • Installed templates created by Microsoft.
      Templates already installed on your computerTemplates already installed on your computer
  4. A preview of the selected template will appear in the Preview pane on the right. Review the template, and modify template options as desired.
    Previewing and customizing the templatePreviewing and customizing the template
  5. When you are satisfied with the template, click Create.
    The Create buttonThe Create button
  6. The new publication will be created.
    The created publicationThe created publication

Depending on the type of publication you create, your template may offer more customization options than shown in the example above.

Additional options for a brochure templateAdditional options for a brochure template

Creating blank publications

If you don't want to use a template or can't find a template that suits your needs, you can create a blank publication. Remember, when you create a blank publication you will have to set up page margins, add guides, and make all layout and design decisions on your own.