Online Class: Microsoft Publisher 2021

Microsoft Publisher 2021 allows users to create brochures, pamphlets, banners and greeting cards. This course will teach you how to use Publisher like a pro so you can build your own stunning designs.

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Course Description

Microsoft Publisher is Office 365's version of desktop publishing software. If you run a business or just have a small individual sole proprietorship, Microsoft Publisher can help you build attractive marketing material to advertise your business and keep in touch with current customers.
Microsoft Office has several applications for work-related content, and Publisher is the application for marketing material. Microsoft Publisher lets users create brochures, pamphlets, banners and greeting cards. It's the application for marketing people or small businesses that just need an easy process for creating marketing layouts. For anyone unfamiliar with the application, this course will help you get started and provide step-by-step information on how you can build your own designs.
In this course, you'll learn how to:
  • Navigate Microsoft Publisher Like a Pro
  • Create, Edit, and Use Templates for Greater Speed and Productivity
  • Learn What Objects Are and How to Use Them Effectively
  • Use Images to Create Dynamic Publications
  • Use Shapes, Text Boxes, and Colors
  • Use Advanced Aligning and Formatting Features
  • Create a Catalog
  • Use Advanced Customization Techniques on Your Publication
  • Mail Merge
  • Publish, Print, and Share Your Publication
  • And Much More!

The first part of this course focuses on the absolute basics. We review the need for Publisher in small business advertising and working with templates. Publisher comes with numerous templates so that you don't even need to have a design made. They save you money, and this course covers how to customize a template to fit your own brand.

Publications in Publisher are built with objects. This course covers every object that you'll need to build a publication including text, pictures, placeholders and shapes. These basic building blocks have their own customizable styles and features, but Publisher also includes numerous pre-made object styles that can be used as well. With Publisher 2021, a person with little design skills can create professional marketing material.

After creating a publication file, Publisher has a design checker tool that this course explains. We also explain ways that you can mail merge to send publications to potentially thousands of people without creating documents individually. Lastly, we explain ways to finalize publications, send them to a printer and share them with other users. With this course, you should be able to go from a blank Publisher document to an attractive, fully designed publication ready for your audience and readers.
With clear and concise step-by-step directions, beautifully illustrated lessons with screenshots, and HD Video tutorials, this Publisher 2021 online course will teach you everything you need to know to become a Publisher power user.
Note: You do not need access to MS Publisher software in order to successfully complete this course, although it is strongly recommended in order to follow along with the course examples.  
  • Completely Online
  • Self-Paced
  • Printable Lessons
  • Full HD Video  
  • 6 Months to Complete
  • 24/7 Availability
  • Start Anytime
  • PC & Mac Compatible
  • Android & iOS Friendly
  • Accredited CEUs
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Course Lessons

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Lesson 1: What is Microsoft Publisher?

If you need marketing material and have a creative touch, Microsoft Publisher is a great way to create cost-effective, attractive content. Publisher takes some time to understand, but once you understand how to work with it, it's a valuable tool for any business. Additional lesson topics: MS Publisher Primer; Publisher Basic Task; Microsoft Publisher /Office 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 1 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Why Are You Interested in Microsoft Publisher?
  • Complete Assignment: Introduce Yourself
  • Assessment: Lesson 1 Quiz

Lesson 2: How to Navigate the Microsoft Publisher Interface

If you use any other Microsoft Office applications, the interface in Publisher will look familiar to you. Publisher has tabs that represent categories of features available for editing a design, and the main quickbar at the top of the window displays shortcuts to saving, undoing, and redoing content. Additional lesson topics: Saving Publications as Word Documents 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 2 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 2 Quiz

Lesson 3: How to Use Templates in Microsoft Publisher

Although a Publisher designer might start from scratch with a blank template, other business owners need help getting started with the right design. You can start with a blank template, a pre-made Microsoft template, or you can buy a design from a third party and use it with your publications. Additional lesson topics: Creating New Templates; Using MS Publisher Templates; How to Make a Brochure with Publisher 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 3 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 3 Quiz

Lessons 4: Creating, Using and Editing Publisher Objects

Objects are the elements that make up all content within a publication, so unless you have a blank page with no changes, you will have at least one object in every publication. Each object has its own properties and styles that you can use to customize them to your own preference but understanding the way objects work and how you add them to your publi Additional lesson topics: Grouping Objects in Publisher; MS Publisher Options 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 4 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 4 Quiz

Lessons 5: Enhancing Your Publication with Images

Images are common elements in a publication, and Publisher gives you several ways to include images. They can be added to templates and themes, but you also have the choice to leave a placeholder if you don't have an image choice yet. In almost every publication, you'll work with images and styles. Additional lesson topics: Using Images in MS Publisher 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 5 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 5 Quiz

Lesson 6: Inserting Shapes

Shapes are considered image objects in Publisher, but they have distinct differences from standard images. They can be sized and styled just like images, but they add simple shapes to publications instead of standard photos and snapshots. Additional lesson topics: Publisher Drawing and Freeform Tools; Pictures and AutoShapes in Publisher 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 6 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 6 Quiz

Lesson 7: Creating and Using Building Blocks in MS Publisher

Building blocks are an essential part of Publisher publications for people who need help with creativity, colors, schemes, images and patterns. They make the creative process much easier, and they can be used to send to a printer when these publications will be used for physical material. Additional lesson topics: Creating Publications Using Building Blocks 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 7 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 7 Quiz

Lesson 8: Advanced Formatting Options for Publisher Objects

Arranging and aligning objects is a common part of designing publications, and Publisher has a quick tool that makes it easy to lay out the way objects display on a page. Additional lesson topics: Aligning Objects in Publisher; How to Arrange Objects 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 8 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 8 Quiz

Lesson 9: Creating, Editing, and Formatting Text and Text Boxes

In almost every publication is added text boxes. Depending on the type of publication, text boxes contain instructions, callout action phrases, and informational content. Publisher makes it easy to add text boxes, but then you must be able to align, format and stylize the text on your publication. Additional lesson topics: Adding and Linking Text Boxes in Publisher; Improting Text into Publisher 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 9 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 9 Quiz

Lesson 10: Using Design Checker Tools to Correct Errors

The design checker identifies issues with color options, margins, empty text boxes, or images without alternative text that could affect a web page. Additional lesson topics: Picture Issues in MS Publisher and How to Correct Them; The Publisher Design Checker 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 10 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 10 Quiz

Lesson 11: Creating and Publishing Catalogs

When organizations create marketing material meant for mail, a list of contacts with names and addresses is also needed to determine the number of pages that must be printed and the number of customers that will receive content. Catalogs have several hundred products listed on pages within the publication. Additional lesson topics: How to Create Catalogs in Publisher; How to Create a Catalog Merge 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 11 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 11 Quiz

Lesson 12: Using Tables to Display Meaningful Data to Users

For publications, you may want to add a table of information to display it to a user. Tables are useful in publications that show a comparison of products and prices such as those in catalogs and marketing brochures. Additional lesson topics: Sizing and Aligin Tables in Publisher; Formating Tables in Publisher; Adding Table Borders, Fille, and Effects; Table Cell Formatting in Publisher 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 12 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 12 Quiz

Lesson 13: Advanced Customization Options for MS Publisher

Many small businesses and individuals don't have a large budget to pay someone to create a layout from scratch and then customize it to fit your brand. Instead, you can use Microsoft Publisher templates for a creative start to your layouts and then customize the templates to your own brand style, wording and logos. Additional lesson topics: Formatting Pages in MS Publisher; How to Create and Edit Master Pages 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 13 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 13 Quiz

Lesson 14: Using Mail Merge to Personalize Distribution of Your Publication

When creating labels, envelopes or documents that should be sent to hundreds of recipients, mail merge simplifies the process for you. You can create one catalog, newsletter, pamphlet or any other type of marketing material and generate documents that display contact name and address using Publisher's mail merge feature. Additional lesson topics: Advanced Mail Merge: Address Issues; How to Customize the Office Ribbon 20 Total Points
  • Lesson 14 Video
  • Assessment: Lesson 14 Quiz

Lessons 15: Finalize Your Publication - Print, Share, and Publish Your Work

Microsoft Publisher is used for several different purposes, so your intentions could be to print to physical copies that will then be distributed to customers or you could distribute content online in email or across websites. You have several options when your publications are finalized and you're ready to send the result to your viewers. 160 Total Points
  • Lesson 15 Video
  • Lesson discussions: Program Evaluation Follow-up Survey (End of Course); MS Publisher Course Assessment
  • Assessment: Lesson 15 Quiz
  • Assessment: The Final Quiz
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Course Title: Microsoft Publisher 2021
Course Number: 57700132
Lessons Rating: 4.4 / 5 Stars (85 votes)
Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countries
Availability: This course is online and available in all 50 states including: California, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Texas.
Last Updated: August 2023
Course Type: Self-Paced, Online Class
CEU Value: 0.6 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned.
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Course Fee: $120.00 U.S. dollars

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