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How to Get Microsoft Publisher Free

Microsoft Publisher is included in some of the Microsoft Office suites or sold separately. Publisher allows users to create professional publications such as newsletters, postcards, brochures and business cards that you can print or send through electronically. If you want to use Microsoft Publisher for free, you can download Publisher from the Microsoft Office website as a trial version. You can try it to see if you want to purchase it or an Office suite package, or you may only need to use it to design a few publications.

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  1. Close all running programs, except for your Internet browser. Go to the Microsoft Office or the Microsoft Publisher website. You can use Publisher free by downloading a trial version of Microsoft Office or you can download Publisher only. Decide which you prefer and the rest of the procedure is the same for both.

  2. Click on the "Download a trial" button. Click on the "Try it now" button. Use the button under Office Professional version that includes Microsoft Publisher, if you choose to download Microsoft Office.

  3. Click on either "Sign up for a new account" to create a new Windows Live account or sign in to an existing Windows Live account, which is required for the free Publisher download.

  4. Click on the "Download Now" button, and save the file on your computer's desktop. Microsoft recommends you do not alter the file name.

  5. When the download is complete, double-click on the Microsoft Office/Publisher icon on your desktop to install Publisher and the other included programs, if applicable.

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About the Author

Diane Dilov-Schultheis has been writing professionally since 2000. She is a food and travel writer who also specializes in gaming, satellites, RV repair, gardening, finances and electronics. She is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists and has been published online at the Travel Channel and Intel.

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