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Microsoft Office Publisher 2010: What’s New?

Microsoft Office Publisher is a well known application by Microsoft which lets you create brochures, postcards, newsletters, websites, e-mails and much more. Millions of people are using it to manage all their marketing activities. We are in the process of reviewing the main products in Microsoft Office 2010, such as,  Word 2010, PowerPoint 2010, Excel 2010, Outlook 2010 and OneNote 2010. Lets see what new additions have been made to Office Publisher 2010.

Office Backstage

The Office Backstage feature of Microsoft Office 2010 is also included in Publisher 2010 and this feature adds feathers to its functionality. You can find the most commonly used items listed there, and working with Publisher is really fast with the help of this feature.


Save Files As PDF or XPS

Publisher 2010 lets you save files in the .pdf and .xps format. Also it lets you save these files as password protected to ensure enhanced security. This feature can be found in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint as well.

PDF XPS Document

64-Bit Version

The 64-bit version of Microsoft Office Publisher is also available which provides the backward-compatibility so that the users can open, edit, and save any Publisher 2003, Publisher 2007, Publisher 2010 32-bit edition files easily.

Enhanced Photo Editing Features

Publisher 2010 offers some attractive photo editing features, allowing you to easily insert, edit, zoom, crop, and recolor photos in your publications. You can easily adjust the colors, brightness and contrast of photos.

Photo Editing Publisher 2010

Easy Targeted Emailing

Microsoft Office Publisher 2010 offers great ways to create and manage the customer’s list. Its easy to create and edit the customer’s lists from multiple sources like Outlook or Excel.  The Mailing menu on the Ribbon offers options, such as, create, manage and send targeted emails to customer’s list.

Mailing Tab

Integrated Print Properties

Publisher 2010 has many enhanced print and preview properties. Hit the Office button and click the Print option. You will see many enhanced added features relevant to print and preview here.

Print Publisher 2010

Improved Templates And Building Blocks

You will find new improved templates and building blocks which help in creating more professional-looking pages.

Templetes Publisher 2010

Catalog Merge

Catalog Merge is  another great feature in Publisher 2010 which let users easily merge text and images from a database(such as Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access, or Microsoft Outlook). Now you will be able to initiate catalog merge at any point while making your publications. Go to the Insert Menu and hit the Catalog Pages option to insert the catalog merge.

Catalog Merge Publisher 2010


Microsoft  Publisher is not as popular when compared with other giant products like Word, Outlook, Excel, and PowerPoint. Although the new UI gives a fresh looks and makes it easier for users to publish, not much have changed except some limited new features.


  1. This post was useful in pointing me to where ‘catalog merge’ had gone. Microsoft’s integrated Help is utterly useless in this respect. Having grumbled about the unexplained change of location, I’ll admit that it is actually very useful to be able to compile a listing (and presumably several) within a larger overall document. This alone would warrant a more enthusiastic conclusion to this article, which is surprisingly negative, given the upbeat language when each feature is described.

  2. I used to use “tent cards” but made the mistake of installing a more recent version of Publisher and now am unable to find “Tent Card”. So-called “top-fold” card doesn’t do it. I’m doing something wrong but I don’t know what. I have trouble with technology-speak, which up to a point resembles English and then abandons you. I would like to print a photo and some text on 1 sheet, 1 side, which I then fold in half — as I used to do. I have spent two days trying to print card. Needed: a kind Samaritan to guide me to the replacement for “Tent Card” in Publisher.

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