How to Create a Flyer and Post It on Facebook

By Nicole Vulcan

When you're planning an event, having an attractive flyer can add some class and importance to the big day. Designing a professional flyer doesn't necessarily come second-nature to everyone -- so if you're not inclined toward graphic design, take advantage of the templates available in Microsoft Word to help you along.

Flyer Templates

Simply launch Word, which should cause the Document Gallery to open. Click "Flyers" from the left hand side of the page to view the built-in templates available. Some flyers will have large images or graphics, while others will be more geared for printing and have a section at the bottom that allows people to rip off a piece of the flyer that contains a telephone number or contact information. If none of these appeal to you, download additional templates from the Microsoft Office website (see link in Resources). Navigate to the site and click "Download" on the template you want. After it's finished downloading, it should appear among your templates when you relaunch Word.

Creating the Flyer

From the Document Gallery in Word, single-click on the flyer template you want to use. This will cause it to appear in a preview window along the right hand side of the page. From there, you can choose from various color schemes and change the font by choosing from the selections that appear in the "Colors" and "Fonts" dropdown menus. Then click "Choose" to open the flyer in the edit view. To change the text from the generic to your custom text, simply click on the text and start typing. To change the photos or graphics to your custom choices, click on the image and then right-click. Choose "Change Picture," then choose photos or images from the files and folders on your computer. With the text and images customized, review the document carefully for errors or any generic text that might be remaining.

Save as an Image

Unfortunately, Word doesn't allow you to save your flyer as an image file, and posting a flyer on Facebook requires JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF or TIFF files. To save your flyer as an image, drag the Word window in or out so that the entire flyer appears on your screen. Then swipe in from the right edge of your screen, or point your mouse into the bottom right corner of the screen and move it up to launch the Search tool. Type "Snipping Tool," then click "Snipping Tool" from the list of Search results. With the Snipping Tool open, click the arrow next to "New," and then select "Rectangular Snip." Click your mouse or tap in the top left-hand corner of the flyer and drag to the bottom right corner. Then click "Save Snip" and choose either PNG, GIF, or JPEG as the file type from the Save As window.

Post to Facebook

Now that you have a flyer saved as an image file, you're ready to post it to Facebook. From the top of your Facebook page, you can post the flyer on your wall by simply clicking the "Add Photo/Video" button, clicking "Upload Photos/Video" and selecting the image file from the files and folders on your computer. With the image selected, click "Open," then click "Post." If you want to create an event in which to post your flyer, click "Events" on the left side of the Facebook window, click "Create" and enter the details of the event. When the event window opens, click "Add Event Photo" to post the flyer as an image for your event.