Microsoft Publisher is a layout editor for a range of formats of publications. You can create business documents like catalogues, brochures, forms and business cards, or personal items like greeting cards, invitations, newsletters and CVs. You can buy Microsoft Publisher as a stand-alone application, or as part of Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Office Professional 2013. If you have Microsoft Office Professional 2007 and 2010 you will also have Microsoft Publisher. The product follows the Help system convention of Microsoft Office and has three levels of support.
- Skill level:
- Moderately Easy
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Open a project in Publisher. While you are in the development environment, you will find the menu structure at the top of the application changes according to the screen you are in and the action you are performing. Publisher has a help button which is available on the main menu in the layout environment, but not available in the format selection screens. This button shows an icon with a circle containing a question mark (“?”). Clicking this button will open a window.
Watch the help window as it opens. By default it will try to connect to the Microsoft Office help site on the Internet. However, it gives you the option of using offline help from your computer in case you do not have an Internet connection. Click on the “X” button in the top right corner to close this window.
Click on “Help” in the main menu. This gives you a different method to access the same help facilities accessed through the question mark button. The option on the Help menu is “Microsoft Office Publisher Help.” You can also access this window by pressing the “F1” key in the top row of keys on your keyboard.
Press the book icon in the top row of the Help window. This is the eighth button in the home screen. This adds a left panel onto the screen containing a list of topics. This list makes it easier to navigate through the help system if you do not know exactly what you are looking for. Drill down through the table of contents to find a chapter that seems to address the problem you face.
Enter a keyword in the search field at the top of the table of contents panel. This will produce a list of topics that contain that word and show it in the main panel of the help window. Scroll down through the list and read each heading to see which applies to your problem. There may be many pages of results, so click the “Next” link to advance through the pages. You can also advance by click on the right-pointing arrow to the right of the “Next” link. To go back a page press the left-pointing arrow to the left of the “Next” link.
Click on “Microsoft Office Online” in the Help menu to open the Microsoft Office support site in a browser. This offers another system for help.
Click in the “Type a question for help” field in the top right hand of the main window. This is another method to access the help window.
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