How to Get Microsoft Publisher on a Computer

by Erin McManaway
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Microsoft Publisher is a program that comes installed with the Microsoft Office Professional version of the Microsoft Office software suite. The Microsoft website offers a downloadable 60-day free trial of Publisher. You can install and use all features of Microsoft Publisher during the trial. If you need a permanent version of the program after the trial period ends, you can purchase the full version through the trial.

Step 1

Navigate to the Windows Live website (see Resources) and sign up for a free account. If you already have a Windows Live, MSN or Microsoft Passport, you can use this to log into the Microsoft Office site instead.

Step 2

Go to the Microsoft Office Publisher 2010 Web page (see Resources) and click the "Try Free for 60 Days" button.

Step 3

Sign into the website and confirm your order in the website shopping cart to proceed to the download page.

Step 4

Record the product key provided on the download page for future reference.

Step 5

Click the "Download Now" button to save the Publisher file to your computer.

Step 6

Double-click the file to launch the installation.

Type the product key when the installation prompts you. After the installation is complete, you have 60 days to use the trial of Microsoft Publisher on your computer.


  • You can purchase a full version of the program from the "Help" option in the "File" tab. The Licensing Operations section offers you the "Purchase Product" option. Your trial converts to a fully paid license.


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About the Author

Erin McManaway holds a B.A. in professional writing from Francis Marion University, where she earned the Richard B. Larsen Memorial Award for Business and Technical Writing. She has worked in materials development, media and information technology in the nonprofit sector since 2006. McManaway has also been a writer and editor since 2008.

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