How to Convert Indesign to Microsoft Publisher

By Chris Hoke

Adobe InDesign and MIcrosoft Publisher are both programs that are commonly used to design print projects, such as fliers, brochures, newsletters and magazines. If your client or boss wants to edit a template that you have created in InDesign on her computer in Microsoft Publisher, you'll need to convert the document before she can use it. InDesign does not have the ability to save as a PUB file, though, so you'll need to convert the file twice--once with InDesign and once with Adobe Acrobat--to get to a format that will open in Publisher.

Step 1

Open the document you want to convert in Adobe InDesign.

Step 2

Click the "File" menu and choose "Save As." Choose "PDF" from the file type menu, type in a file name and click "Save." Close Adobe InDesign.

Step 3

Open Adobe Acrobat. If you do not have Adobe Acrobat, click on the download link in the Resources section to download a free trial version of the program. Double-click the downloaded file and install the program in the default directory, with the default installation settings. Double-click the "Adobe Acrobat" desktop icon to open the program.

Step 4

Click "File" and select "Open." Locate the PDF file on your computer, click on it to select it, then click the "Open" button.

Step 5

Click "File" and select "Export." Choose the "Word Document" file type. Choose a folder using the "Save In" menu, then click "Save." Close Adobe Acrobat.

Step 6

Open Microsoft Publisher and create a blank document by clicking the "File" menu and choosing "New."

Step 7

Click the "File" menu and choose "Import Word Document." Find the converted document file and click on it, then click "OK" to convert the Word document into a PUB file.