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Microsoft's excellent publications tool

Microsoft no longer offers a trial version of Publisher 2010. You can download a free trial of Publisher 2013 instead. View full description


  • Loads of ready-made templates and color schemes
  • Document layout for anyone
  • Can export to several formats


  • Doesn't work with InDesign and QuarkXpress files


Microsoft no longer offers a trial version of Publisher 2010. You can download a free trial of Publisher 2013 instead.

Microsoft Publisher is an editor and layout tool for printed and digital publications that’s part of the Microsoft Office productivity suite.

With Microsoft Publisher you can create, edit, customize and share all sorts of marketing material with ease of use and professional results. From simple greeting cards to more elaborate newsletters, Microsoft Publisher includes everything you need for your work.

One of the most outstanding elements in Microsoft Publisher is the amount of templates it includes to get you started; you’ll find one for almost anything: brochures, business cards, calendars, labels, flyers, award certificates and more. Besides this material, Microsoft Publisher also lets you work with images, clipart and predefined shapes.

The text and image tools included in Microsoft Publisher make document layout easier and more creative. You can see results in real time as you change text fonts and apply new colors. And once the document is finished, Microsoft Publisher gives you a wide range of options to save or export it, such as PDF or JPG. On the downside, the program still lacks support for InDesign and QuarkXpress documents.

Microsoft Publisher is Office’s application for designing, customizing and sharing all sorts of publications in an easy way.

— User reviews — about Microsoft Publisher

  • jzarzothang

    by jzarzothang

    "very good>>>>>>>>>."

    i like to have, softonic is always secure and easy to use,,i hope this is not discouraging. More.

    reviewed on October 12, 2013

  • Songbirdia

    by Songbirdia

    "Publisher is the presentation, Word is the workhorse."

    Publisher is a different application from Word. They both have their own uses, weaknesses and strengths. I think that is... More.

    reviewed on February 4, 2013

  • BenHurt

    by BenHurt

    "Downhill, once again"

    I have been using publishing programs for a good 27 years, and I am disgusted that they get worse with each version. The... More.

    reviewed on January 23, 2012

  • JohnMurrell

    by JohnMurrell

    "MS Publisher is a pain"

    While publisher produced quite good results it has several major defects including usability. 1:The templates are in ... More.

    reviewed on December 30, 2010