Designing is a tricky business. One forgotten element—like half
a logo hanging off the front page of my company newsletter—can be endlessly
embarrassing, for me and my company. I’ve learned to double- and triple-check
for problems before I distribute a file from Microsoft Office Publisher, and I
never send out anything until I run the Publisher Design Checker. Design
Checker does just what the name promises: it checks my design for possible
problems, such as objects in a nonprintable region, empty text boxes, and
To run Design Checker:
- Click the File tab, and then select Info.
- Click Run Design Checker. The Design Checker pane opens, listing items you
might want to fix.
- At the top of the Design Checker pane, select the boxes that apply to your
publication and distribution methods.
From here, I simply select an item on the
list, which automatically selects the item on the page. In the Design
Checker pane I click the item’s list arrow to fix the issue or to turn off the
Design Checker feature that searches for issues like this. If I can’t figure
out what the problem is or how it will affect my publication, I click Explain to open Publisher Help
Once I run all the checks I need for the type of publication
and distribution method I’m using—and once I fix all the errors Design Checker
found—my project is ready to go.
Thank you, Design Checker, for saving my publications from
so many humiliating errors.