How to Make a Banner Using Publisher

Several people have asked how to use Publisher to make banners for titles for classroom displays. I’ve provided some basic instructions but do scroll down to my quick tip for busy teachers before you start!
Publisher can be set up to print continuously on several sheets of paper. As ever with software things vary with the edition you have, have a play and see what you can come up with. Just watch out that images and some WordArt will distort if used in very large banners.

  1. Open Publisher through the “Start” menu or double click the icon on the Desktop. Click “File” and “New” from the top menus after the program has opened. Give it a relevant title and save.
  2. Choose Blank Publications. From the drop down list select “Banner”. An example will appear on the right hand side of the window.
  3. Select a size larger than 8.5-by-11 inches in Page Setup . You can choose up to 240″ in Publisher 2007. This will spread your banner over several pages.
  4. Select a design from the examples on the right hand side. Publisher has several templates but most won’t be suitable for school. Choose “Blank” to start from scratch. (To use a template just double click it and it will appear in your banner.)
  5. Left click the “Insert” and “Picture” to add a design, photo or a clip art.
  6. Choose “Insert” then “Text Box” to add your text. Click the mouse where you want the box to start in the banner. Have a good play with fonts, sizes colours etc at this stage. Make sure it looks clear.
  7. Select “File,” “Print,” then “Properties” to use the Landscape option to rotate your paper.
  8. Choose “File” and “Print Preview” at any point during the design process to make sure everything is as you want it.
  9. Only when you are really happy with the banner, print it out. You will have to stick the A4 pages together to make the banner.

What’s your favourite software for creating titles for classroom displays?

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About Linda Hartley

Hi, I enjoy helping teachers to make their classrooms into interesting visual learning environments. I write most of this site and I also run the Classroom Displays online course which you can find out more about in the sidebar.