How to Design a Tri-Fold Document in Word

By Craig Witt

Microsoft Word gives you the ability to view, create and make changes to a wide range of print-formatted documents, including letters, resumes, envelopes and forms. Although the steps may not be obvious at first, the program also allows you to generate multi-column documents such as brochures and menus. Once you understand how to lay out your pages, generate columns and work with column breaks, designing a tri-fold document in either Word 2007 or Word 2010 becomes a quick task.

Step 1

Press the "Ctrl" and "N" keys simultaneously to create a new, blank document.

Step 2

Select the "Page Layout" tab in the toolbar that runs across the top of the window.

Step 3

Click the "Size" button in the top toolbar and select a pre-defined size from the list of options. To define a custom page size, click the "More Paper Sizes" option, specify your preferred width and height in the corresponding fields in the resulting window, and then click "OK."

Step 4

Click the "Margins" button in the top toolbar and select a pre-defined setting from the list of options. To define custom margins, click the "Custom Margins" option, specify your preferred margins in the "Top," "Bottom," "Left" and "Right" fields in the resulting window, and then click "OK."

Step 5

Click the "Columns" button in the top toolbar and select the "Three" option.

Step 6

Create the content for the inside-left panel of the document. Once complete, click the "Breaks" button in the top toolbar and select "Column." This generates a column break and automatically moves your cursor to the next column.

Step 7

Create the content for the inside-middle panel of the document. Once complete, click the "Breaks" button and select "Column" again.

Step 8

Create the content for the inside-right panel of the document. Once complete, click the "Breaks" button and select the "Page" option. This generates a page break and automatically moves your cursor to the left-most column of the document's second page.

Step 9

Create the content for the outside-middle panel of the document. Once complete, click the "Breaks" button and select "Column."

Step 10

Create the content for the back cover of the document. Once complete, click the "Breaks" button and select "Column" again.

Step 11

Create the content for the front cover of the document.

Step 12

Press the "Ctrl" and "S" keys simultaneously. Give the file a name and select a save location in the resulting dialog box. Click "Save" to confirm your choices and save the contents of your newly created tri-fold document.