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.PUB File Extension

2 file types use the .pub file extension.

File Type 1Publisher Document

3.9 (334 Votes)
CategoryPage Layout Files

What is a PUB file?

A PUB file is a document created by Microsoft Publisher, a desktop publishing program used to create professional documents and marketing materials. It contains text, raster and vector images, and drawn objects formatted in a document.

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Screenshot of a .pub file in Microsoft Publisher 2016
PUB file open in Microsoft Publisher 2016

Publisher is used by casual and professional users to design page layouts such as newsletters, brochures, and posters. The program only comes with Office 365 editions of Microsoft Office, whereas the basic editions only include Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote. When you save a document in Publisher the program creates a PUB file to store the contents of the document. The file enables you to save edits to your document and allows you to close the file and open it again for further editing. PUB files are not only used for page layouts, they may also be used to integrate and store data sources for mail merges and generating data sheets.

If you have a large amount of text in your PUB document that you want to reuse for other purposes you can export it to a .DOCX file for editing in Microsoft Word. The text and font formatting will be saved but any graphics or columns in you document will not be preserved. To save your PUB file as a DOCX file select File → Save As, choose the Word document format you want to save the document as, then click Save.

PUB files can also be opened by several other applications. Some notable ones are LibreOffice Draw, which is packaged in LibreOffice and CorelDRAW, which is part of the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite. PUB files can also be opened in Adobe InDesign, one of the most popular desktop publishing programs, with the PUB2ID plugin installed.

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Programs that open PUB files

Updated 12/2/2016

File Type 2Public Key File

3.0 (40 Votes)
CategoryWeb Files

.PUB File Association 2

File containing encrypted text that is used in public-key cryptography; used by a remote entity to encrypt data that only a local entity can decrypt using the corresponding private key; may also be used to decrypt data that is encrypted with a private key.

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A common PUB file is id_rsa.pub. PUB files typically can be found under the ".SSH" hidden directory under the home director of a Linux user.

Programs that open PUB files

VanDyke SecureCRT
Updated 1/13/2010

About PUB Files

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