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The Pack and Go Wizard in Publisher- Tutorial

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The Pack and Go Wizard in Publisher: Overview

            The Pack and Go Wizard in Publisher gathers all of the images, fonts, colors and anything else included in your publication, and compresses and packages it together for you to take to a commercial printer or to move the publication file to another computer. To use the Pack and Go Wizard in Publisher 2013 or 2010, first save your publication. Then click the “File” tab in the Ribbon to open the backstage view.

            If using Publisher 2013, click the “Export” command at the left side of the backstage view. If using Publisher 2010, select the “Save & Send” command at the left side of the backstage view.

            To the right of that, under the “Pack and Go” section, select the “Save for a Commercial Printer” command. In the far right panel, you can then set your desired options before starting the Pack and Go Wizard in Publisher. If you are taking your Publisher files to a commercial printer, then select the “Commercial Press” option from the first drop-down. You can then select “Both PDF and .pub files” from the second drop-down. If you know that your commercial printer can use settings of lower quality, or that they only need a PDF or the Publisher .pub file, then feel free to change these settings as needed.

            Once you have your desired settings, click the “Pack and Go Wizard” button below the drop-downs to begin packaging your files for printing. In the first screen, you can select the desired location of the output of the wizard by selecting the desired option button. You can also click the “Browse…” button to save to a specified folder on a flash drive or other removable media. Once you have selected your location, click the “Next >” button to continue and finish. Note that on the final screen that appears, if you wish to print a composite proof, then ensure that the checkbox is checked and then click the “OK” button to finish.

The Pack and Go Wizard in Publisher- Tutorial: A picture of the "Pack and Go Wizard" in Publisher 2013.

The Pack and Go Wizard in Publisher- Tutorial: A picture of the “Pack and Go Wizard” in Publisher 2013.

            You can also use the Pack and Go Wizard in Publisher to move your publication from one computer to another, along with all associated fonts and images. To do this, click the “Save for Another Computer” choice under the “Pack and Go” section of the backstage view and then click the “Pack and Go Wizard” button to the right to start the wizard. It will then gather the required files and package them into a file that you can take to another computer and unpack in order to move a publication.

            In Publisher 2013, you can click the “Save for Photo Printing” option under the “Pack and Go” section to save each page of your publication as a print- quality JPEG or TIFF file that you can take to a commercial photo printer. After selecting that option, choose which photo format to use from the drop-down in the far right pane and then click the “Save Image Set” button to save the publication pages as photos.

The Pack and Go Wizard in Publisher: Instructions

  1. To use the Pack and Go Wizard in Publisher, save your publication.
  2. Click the “File” tab in the Ribbon to open the backstage view.
  3. If using Publisher 2013, click the “Export” command at the left side of the backstage view.
  4. If using Publisher 2010, select the “Save & Send” command at the left side of the backstage view.
  5. To save the publication for a commercial printer, select the “Save for a Commercial Printer” command under the “Pack and Go” section.
  6. In the far right panel, set your desired options before starting the Pack and Go Wizard in Publisher.
  7. If taking the publication to a commercial printer, select “Commercial Press” from the top drop-down.
  8. Then select “Both PDF and .pub files” from the second drop-down.
  9. If you know your commercial printer can use settings of lower quality, or that they only need a PDF or the Publisher .pub file, feel free to change these settings as needed.
  10. Once you have your desired settings, click the “Pack and Go Wizard” button below the drop-downs to begin packaging your files for printing.
  11. Set the desired location of the output of the wizard by selecting the desired option button.
  12. You can click the “Browse…” button to save to a specified folder on a flash or other removable drive.
  13. Once you have selected your location, click the “Next >” button to continue and finish.
  14. Note that on the final screen that appears, if you wish to print a composite proof, ensure that the checkbox is checked and then click the “OK” button to finish.
  15. To use the Pack and Go Wizard in Publisher to move your publication from one computer to another, along with all associated fonts and images, click the “Save for Another Computer” choice under the “Pack and Go” section of the backstage view.
  16. Then click the “Pack and Go Wizard” button to the right to start the wizard. It will then gather the required files and package them into a file that you can take to another computer and unpack in order to move a publication.
  17. In Publisher 2013, you can click the “Save for Photo Printing” option under the “Pack and Go” section to save each page of your publication as a print- quality JPEG or TIFF file that you can take to a commercial photo printer.
  18. After selecting that option, choose which photo format to use from the drop-down in the far right pane and then click the “Save Image Set” button to save the publication pages.

The Pack and Go Wizard in Publisher: Video Lesson

            You can watch the following video lesson, titled “Using the Pack and Go Feature,” to see how to use the Pack and Go Wizard in Publisher 2013 and 2010. This video is from our complete Publisher 2013 tutorial, titled “Mastering Publisher Made Easy v.2013-2010.”

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