Microsoft Publisher has always included a large collection of built-in templates to help you create your publications, but did you know that Publisher 2007 can connect to Microsoft Office Online to download snazzy new templates as well? If the answer is no, you’re not alone. Many folks were unaware of this great feature  and today we’d like to talk about how you can get content from Office Online.

Downloading templates from Office Online

When you open Publisher 2007, the first thing you’ll see is the Publisher Catalog, which contains the different types of publications you can create, such as newsletters, brochures, business cards, and more. Choose a publication type, and if you’re connected to the Internet, you’ll be  able to get the latest and greatest templates from Office Online displayed right alongside all the classic Publisher templates. Just click on the "View Templates from Office Online link. It’s that simple! For instance, let’s click on the Newsletter category. See the section titled “Microsoft Office Online Templates” at the top of the screen? That’s where you’ll find the freshest templates—some created by Microsoft and some created by other members of the Publisher community. Want to filter the Catalog so that it only shows templates from Office Online, or hides the Office Online templates altogether? It’s easy—just click the drop-down box near the top-left corner of the Catalog (the one that says “Search for Templates”) and choose the setting you want.

Download from Office Online

So, that’s how you can access great premade content from Office Online in Publisher 2007. But as you already know, Microsoft Publisher also gives you the power to create your own great designs from scratch. What if you’ve created a slick design of your own that you’d like to share with other members of the Publisher community? In our next blog post, we’ll discuss how Publisher 2007 enables you to share your own content with other folks through Office Online. Stay tuned!

Omeed Chandra

About the contributor:  Omeed Chandra is a Software Development Engineer in Test on the Microsoft Publisher team. He has been working at Microsoft for a year and a half, and is convinced that the music scene has been all downhill ever since The Beatles broke up.