I don’t know how to open that file type


As a service provider, I never want to say, “Can you send that again? I don’t know how, or I can’t open that file type.”

Instead of asking for a different file type, I usually use one of the MANY online converters.

Convert Microsoft Publisher to a PDF

For instance, just today, I used a Pub to PDF (https://www.zamzar.com/convert/pub-to-pdf/) converter to view the details of a Publisher file a client emailed over. This client emailed me the Microsoft Publisher file rather than an image or a PDF file. I just needed to read the details of the files and capture the date, time, and cost, so using an online converter was the perfect tool for the job.


Now, as a caveat, if a client sends a low-res JPG and I need a vector file, I’ll ask them to keep digging until they find an editable file I can use and manipulate. However, if they send me a Publisher file and I don’t use Microsoft Publisher, I will not ask them to send it again.

New designer tip: use online converters

Online converters are excellent for changing video and audio file extensions — especially for HEIC or AVIF image file conversion.

Essentially, if a client sends you a file, you can convert it to anything you need with online converters.

Help, I don’t have Microsoft Publisher. How can I see what this file ending in .pub contains?

Use an online converter to turn this native Microsoft Publisher file ending in a .pub extension into a PDF. A good example is the Pub to PDF online converter.

Happy Productivity!

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Kelly Barkhurst

Designer to Fullstack is my place to geek out and share tech solutions from my day-to-day as a graphic designer, programmer, and business owner (portfolio). I also write on Arts and Bricks, a parenting blog and decal shop that embraces my family’s love of Art and LEGO bricks!

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