How to Make a New Template in Microsoft Publisher

By Alan Sembera

Using templates in Microsoft Publisher allows you to create a consistent look for your business newsletters, flyers, brochures and other documents. Once you create a layout and design that suits your needs, you can save it as a Publisher template and then use it every time you want to make a new version of the publication. You can create a template from a blank document, or you can modify an existing Publisher template or document.

Launch Microsoft Publisher, and select the file you want to use as a basis for your template.

Modify the document so that it incorporates all of the content and design elements that you want to use on a regular basis. For example, you may want to include items such as your company name, contact information and company logo.

Click the "File" menu, and then select "Save As."

Select the location where you want to save your new template, and then change the "Save As Type" selection to "Publisher Template (*.pub)."

Enter a name for your template in the "File Name" field, and then click "Save." Your file will save as a template.


The next time you start a publication using the template file, a copy of the file will open so that you don't accidentally overwrite the original when saving. If you want to make changes to the original template file, open the file normally and then select "Publisher Template" as the file type when saving.


Information in this article applies to Microsoft Publisher 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions.