How to Learn Microsoft Publisher for Free

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Microsoft Publisher is one of the most under-rated programs in the Microsoft Office software package. It’s incredibly versatile, and it can be used to make hundreds of different types of documents, including:

  • Business cards
  • Corporate letterheads
  • Greeting cards
  • Brochures
  • Newsletters
  • Business Forms
  • and the list goes on

You’d be amazed by all that you can do with Microsoft Publisher, if only you knew how to use it right. For those who want to make the most of the software, here are the resources to check out to learn Microsoft Publisher without spending a single cent:

1. GCF Learn Free

GCF Learn Free has tutorials on Microsoft Publisher 2003 and 2010, teaching you everything you need to know about the software. You’ll learn things like:

  • How to create a basic document
  • How to manipulate and format text
  • How to add, edit, and use graphics
  • How to use tables

If you want to get started with Publisher, this is definitely the resource for you!


Microsoft’s Office website has a lot of good educational material for their products, and you can find a good deal of information on how to work with Publisher. Their series of video lectures will help you learn the basics of the program, and you’ll have no problem creating, saving, and using documents. You can even learn how Backstage will make managing your files a whole lot easier.

3. has a great series of video tutorials on basic Publisher tasks, such as:

  • Grabbing colors from artwork
  • Finagling the margins to make your documents just right
  • Creating custom backgrounds
  • Custom-making your own business cards

There are 33 different videos to check out, and you’ll get about 90 minutes of free information to help you learn the more advanced capabilities of Microsoft Publisher.

4. Electric Teacher

If you’re totally new to Microsoft Publisher, this is the "101" course you want to take. You’ll learn the basics of using publisher, choosing from the various publication types and templates available via the program and, working with the different menus, adding multiple pages to your documents, using text boxes and objects, and how to save your documents properly to prepare them for printing. You’ll love the simple, well-structured course that will get you started using Publisher in no time.


If you want a fun, entertaining intro to Microsoft Publisher, you should check out The site has a few resources to get you started with Microsoft Publisher 2007--an older version, but one of the most popular versions available on older PCs.

6. YouTube

As expected, YouTube is home to some amazing resources to help you learn Publisher, no matter what version you have.

  • For MS Office 2010 users, check out the series of 58 videos posted by user Sudheer Ramala.
  • For MS Office 2013 users, user Simon Sez IT has posted 9 videos to get you started

The beauty of these video presentations is that you can learn everything in real time, making it easy to build the habits and get started using the software!

One of the great things about the Microsoft Office software is that they maintain the same functions from one version to the next. Learning how to use Publisher 2003 or 2007 will prepare you to use Publisher 2010 or 2013 like a pro.

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