Create brochures in Word

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Create brochures in Word
Create brochures in Word
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Brochures are an easy-to-use and inexpensive way to promote your business to others. The methods below will teach you how to design your own brochures using Microsoft Word. The first two methods use existing templates from Microsoft, while the third and fourth methods teach you how to create your own brochure.

Steps

Method 1 of 4: Office 2010 Template

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Step 1. Open a Word document

You will see a blank page.

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Step 2. Click on "File"

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Step 3. Click "New"

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Step 4. Select "Brochures and Booklets" from the available templates

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Step 5. Select "Brochures" from the available templates

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Step 6. Choose the type of brochure you want to use

If you don't already have the template, Word will download it for you.

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Step 7. Your brochure can now be viewed in Word

You can start with the formatting.

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Step 8. Replace existing images

Click on an image to remove it.

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Step 9. Click the "Insert" tab and then the "Picture" button

Select the image you want to use.

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Step 10. Place the image in the new location and adjust the size if necessary

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Step 11. Replace the text of the template with your own text

Click on the text box you want to change, delete the text and type the text of your brochure.

Method 2 of 4: Office 2007 Template

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Step 1. Open a new Word document

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Step 2. Choose Brochures from the available templates

  • If your version of Word doesn't have brochure templates, then go to Microsoft.com > Templates and choose Brochures.
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Step 3. Download the brochure template you like

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Step 4. Fill in the text and format it as desired

Click inside a text box to change it. In addition to entering text, you can also change the font and color, for example.

  • Don't forget to remove "all" sample text; Leaving text like “Enter a description here” obviously looks very unprofessional. To make absolutely sure you haven't missed anything, you can change the color of the text you've changed so that the rest of the text stands out. When you're done, you can further adjust the color of the text to your liking.
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Step 5. Add images

  • Click on an image preview.
  • Delete the existing image by clicking Delete.
  • Go to Insert and choose Image.
  • Find a suitable image and click Insert.
  • Wait until the image is visible. It is likely to appear in a size and location that is far from ideal.
  • Click on one of the corners to resize the image. Click on the image itself to move it.
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Step 6. Change the layout even more if necessary

Change the background color and/or move the text and images by clicking and dragging, add borders, etc.

  • To explore the formatting options for a particular part of a page (text box, image, background), right-click it and choose the desired formatting option from the pop-up menu.

Method 3 of 4: Manually in Word 2007 or later

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Step 1. Go to Page Layout > Margins to set it

You should keep at least 3 mm as a margin for a neat layout.

Because the brochure will fold, making the boxes fairly narrow, it's best not to make your margins too wide, leaving room for text and images

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Step 2. Go to Page Layout > Orientation to set the page “Landscape”

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Step 3. Go to Page Layout > Columns to select the number of columns for the page

The number of columns corresponds to the number of times the brochure will be folded.

  • If you want to fold the brochure twice, you will need two columns on page 1 and two on page 2.
  • If you want to fold the brochure in three, you will need 3 columns on both pages.
  • You can change the width and spacing of the columns, but the default setting should work for most layouts.
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Step 4. Add an end marker for the columns

This ensures that each column of your brochure contains separate information.

  • Make sure the cursor is in the top left corner of the first column and select Page Layout > Break Marks > Columns. The cursor now jumps to the beginning of the second column.
  • If you have 3 columns, repeat this process for the second column. (The cursor then jumps to the beginning of the third column.)
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Step 5. Insert a page break

This will create a second page, which will be the outside of the brochure.

  • If the cursor is not in the right place yet, place it in the right column, go to Insert > End Marks and choose Page. Now the cursor jumps to page 2, ie the outside of the brochure.
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Step 6. Repeat step 4 on page 2

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Step 7. Make a model of your brochure from a sheet of paper

This allows you to visualize the correct formatting of the Word document. (Because brochures are folded, positioning them correctly can be quite tricky.)

  • Take an empty A4 sheet, place it horizontally in front of you and write “Inside/pg.1” on one side and “Outside/pg.2” on the other.
  • With Inside/pg.1 facing you, fold the paper in half (so that half of Outside/pg.2 is facing you) or in thirds (so that two-thirds of Outside/pg.2 shows), depending on your brochure.
  • Pretend the folded sheet of paper is your brochure and mark it as such. Write “Title” on the front, “info” in the pockets inside, and so on, depending on how the final brochure should look.
  • Unfold the paper again to see where everything is. For example, the title should be in the right box of Exterior/pg.2, meaning it matches the column on the right side of page 2 of your Word document.
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Step 8. Add images and text in the columns

Use your model as an example.

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Step 9. Print out a test version

Use this to make any changes to your document, if necessary.

Method 4 of 4: Manually in Word 2003 or older

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Step 1. Go to File > Page Layout > Margins

You should keep at least 3 mm as a margin for a neat layout.

Because the brochure will fold, making the boxes fairly narrow, it's best not to make your margins too wide, leaving room for text and images

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Step 2. Go to File > Print > Properties > Settings to set the “Landscape” page

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Step 3. Go to Format > Columns to select the number of columns for the page

The number of columns corresponds to the number of times the brochure will be folded.

  • If you want to fold the brochure twice, you will need two columns on page 1 and two on page 2.
  • If you want to fold the brochure in three, you will need 3 columns on both pages.
  • You can change the width and spacing of the columns, but the default setting should work for most layouts.
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Step 4. Add an end marker for the columns

This ensures that each column of your brochure contains separate information.

  • Make sure the cursor is in the top left corner of the first column and select Insert > Break Marks > Columns. The cursor now jumps to the beginning of the second column.
  • If you have 3 columns, repeat this process for the second column. (The cursor then jumps to the beginning of the third column.)
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Step 5. Insert a page break

This will create a second page, which will become the outside of the brochure.

  • If the cursor is not in the right place yet, place it in the right column, go to Insert > End Marks and choose Page. Now the cursor jumps to page 2, ie the outside of the brochure.
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Step 6. Repeat step 4 on page 2

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Step 7. Make a model of your brochure from a sheet of paper

This allows you to visualize the correct formatting of the Word document. (Because brochures are folded, positioning them correctly can be quite tricky.)

  • Take an empty A4 sheet, place it horizontally in front of you and write “Inside/pg.1” on one side and “Outside/pg.2” on the other.
  • With Inside/pg.1 facing you, fold the paper in half (so that half of Outside/pg.2 is facing you) or in thirds (so that two-thirds of Outside/pg.2 shows), depending on your brochure.
  • Pretend the folded sheet of paper is your brochure and mark it as such. Write “Title” on the front, “info” in the boxes inside and so on, depending on how the final brochure should look.
  • Unfold the paper again to see where everything is. For example, the title should be in the right box of Exterior/pg.2, meaning it matches the column on the right side of page 2 of your Word document.
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Step 8. Add images and text in the columns

Use your model as an example.

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Step 9. Print out a test version

Use this to make any changes to your document, if necessary.

Tips

  • If you have a regular main menu in Word (File, Edit, Insert…), then you have an older version of Word (2003 or older).
  • Understand how your formatting translates to a Word document. Because brochures are two-sided, your Word document will be two pages long, with page 1 being the inside and page 2 the outside of the brochure. A bifold brochure has two insides and a front and back, while a trifold brochure has three insides and three outsides.
  • Don't forget to print your brochure on both sides. Consult your printer's manual if you don't know how!

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