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Design a newsletter (Beginner level)

As a principal you could decide to create a newsletter for the school fund raising efforts, the community of stakeholders or perhaps a quarterly or annual school newsletter reporting on various achievements. This newsletter could be distributed to the whole school community - so it will need to be professional and well-designed. You would use Microsoft Publisher to create this newsletter.

By the end of this task you could achieve the following outcomes:

Download an example - Choose a design for your newsletter
- Select colour and font schemes
- Use the text overflow links
- Insert new text boxes
- Change graphics
- Group objects you want to keep together
- Delete unwanted pages

Create your own newsletter - one which you will find useful. Alternatively, follow this example. To do so you would typically work through the following steps:

1. Start Microsoft Publisher. See how »
2. Choose a publication type and design using the wizard: You will want to consider your target audience when you do this - are they parents or learners? See how »
3. Save your work: Remember to save you work regularly.
4. Select a font and colour scheme: If printing in black and white, select that option for your colour scheme. See how »
5. Type the newsletter.
6. Use text overflow links: Text will sometimes not be able to fit in one text box - you will need to link it to a new text box.
7. Insert new textboxes: If you want to add areas of text you should first create a text box. See how »
8. Changing graphics: If printing in black and white, try to avoid colour graphics. See how »
9. Group pictures and caption text boxes so that they stay together: You would do this if you want images to be associated with text. See how »
10. Delete unwanted pages. See how »
11. Save your newsletter.
12. Print your newsletter.

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» Design a poster
» Write a letter
» Create a presentation

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