How to Create Sequential-Order Tickets in Microsoft Publisher

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether you're prepping for a concert, a school play, a sports event or another show, tickets help you control the crowd and keep track of an audience. Instead of buying generic tear-off tickets from a store, design custom tickets in Microsoft Publisher, the Microsoft Office suite's desktop-publishing layout and design program. With a couple of quick clicks, you'll have a way to create tickets in a specific order, which may be "just the ticket" for your event.

Open Publisher and click the "More Categories" file folder in the bottom right of the "Available Templates" screen. Scroll to the bottom of the list and double-click one of the options in the "Tickets" section. After a few moments, a sheet of tickets will open in the Publisher workspace.

Click into each of the ticket text boxes and make changes to the wording to suit the performance or other event the tickets are advertising.

Click the "Page Design" tab at the top of the screen. Hover the cursor over the colour groups in the "Schemes" section of the ribbon/toolbar and click a group to change the ticket colours.

Click the "Insert" tab at the top of the screen. Click the "Draw Text Box" button on the ribbon/toolbar. The cursor will change to a plus sign.

Position the cursor in the corner of a ticket and draw a small text box. Type the ticket number, such as "1."

Highlight the number and click the "Home" tab at the top of the screen. Use the controls in the "Font" section of the toolbar to change the number's font, text colour or text size.

Click the text box with the number in it. Press the "Ctrl" and "C" keys together on the keyboard. Move to the next ticket and press the "Ctrl" and "V" keys to paste in the ticket number. Highlight the number and type directly over it with the next sequential number, such as "2."

Repeat the "Ctrl" and "V" process to paste in and type ticket numbers for the other tickets on the Publisher page.


Publisher doesn't have its own auto-number feature. Although it is possible to produce automatic numbering, database/mail merge or a macro, a specially coded program is required and may take far more time than simply setting up the tickets and typing in their numbers.

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Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.