Publisher 2003: What is Publisher?

Lesson 1: What is Publisher?


By the end of this module, you should be able to:

  • Recognize the purpose of Publisher as a desktop publishing application
  • Locate and browse available Publisher templates

What is Publisher?

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Microsoft Publisher is a desktop publishing application that allows you to create and fine tune publications from a variety of templates and blank publications.

You can create many different types of publications, including items such as promotional flyers, company brochures, garage sale flyers, business cards, and school newsletters.

Example Publications

Publisher has many types of templates available for you to use. These include quick publications, advertisements, brochures, flyers, and greeting cards. You can click on each of these headings to display subheadings with additional templates.



  • Open Publisher.
  • Browse the templates from the New Publication task pane.
  • Explore the Publisher window.