How to Open .Pub Template File


Whether you’re getting a start on family return address labels for those holiday mailings, polishing up a resume layout or designing your latest online sales offerings, Microsoft Publisher is your choice for desktop design and publications. Publisher assigns its files a proprietary extension, .Pub, including any templates you use or make from scratch. Unlike other Office programs such as Word, which changed its 2010 and 2013 extensions to .docx, the .Pub file remains the same, so your templates may be opened by any version of Publisher you’re using and open just like any other document file.

  • Launch Publisher. In Publisher 2013, review the Recent column on the main startup screen and double-click the template if it appears there. Otherwise, follow the instructions below.

  • Click the “File” tab, and then click “Open.”

  • Browse to where you have the .Pub file stored on your computer. It may help to narrow your search by choosing “All Publisher Files” from the drop-down menu to the right of “File Name.”

  • Double-click the .Pub template file when you find it. The file opens in a new Publisher window.

Tips & Warnings

  • A more direct way to open a Publisher template is to locate the template source file, such as finding the icon on your desktop. Right-click the template icon and choose “Open With.” When the fly-out menu opens, choose Publisher, which will start the Publisher program and open the template in a new Publisher window.
  • Working with templates in all of Publisher’s versions is a very similar process; the main difference is how you access the templates. Once you’ve created and saved a .Pub file and have closed Publisher, the start-up screens appear differently. In 2013, your .Pub template may appear on the left side of the screen in the Recent column. This column is new with 2013 and does not appear in 2010 or 2007.

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