How to Make a Front Page Newspaper Using MS Word

By Tricia Goss

A document that looks like the front page of a newspaper can make for an attention-grabbing school report, holiday letter to friends and family or a newsletter for you club or class. If you have access to Microsoft Word, you can create a newspaper page using the column feature and incorporating black and white photos or clip art. You can print your newspaper page to mail and hand out or simply email it.

Things You'll Need

  • MS Word 2003, 2007 or 2010

Step 1

Insert a title section at the top of the page that will span across the page over the columns. In Word 2003, go to the "View" menu and select "Header and Footer." In Word 2007 or 2010, go to the "Insert" menu, select "Header" and choose "Edit Header." Click the "Center Alignment" button on the "Formatting" toolbar in Word 2003 or the "Home" tab in Word 2007 or 2010. Right-click and select "Font." Change the font to "Times New Roman" and the font size to "28" and click "OK." Type the title of your newspaper into the header.

Step 2

Click inside of the primary section of the document to close Header view. Go to the "View" menu in Word 2003 and select "Print Layout." Go to the "View" tab in Word 2007 or 2010 and select "Print Layout."

Step 3

Click the "Columns" button on the "Standard" toolbar in Word 2003 or the "Page Layout" tab in Word 2007 or 2010. Select the number of columns you want on your newspaper front page. Using three or four columns helps your paper look realistic. Click the "Justify" button on the "Formatting" toolbar in Word 2003 or the "Home" tab in Word 2007 or 2010. This will align your text across each column.

Step 4

Type a headline for your first news story at the top of the page in all capitalized letters. Type the details for the first story in standard sentence case. When you are ready to add a picture to your news story, place the cursor where you want to add it. Go to the "Insert" menu in Word 2003, point to "Picture" and select "Clip Art" or From File." Go to the "Insert" tab in Word 2007 or 2010. Click "Picture" or "Clip Art" in the "Illustration" group. Select the picture on your computer or the clip art image you want to use and click "Insert."

Step 5

Change the image to black and white, if you wish. Right-click the picture and select "Show Picture Toolbar" in Word 2003. Click the "Color" and select "Grayscale." In Word 2007 or 2010, click the picture to select it. Go to the "Format" tab under "Picture Tools" and click the "Color" button. Select the color tone you wish to apply. If you want to resize an image, click on a side or corner of the border and drag it to the size desired.

Step 6

Finish entering your news text and pictures to fill the newspaper front page. Click the "Save" button, enter a name for the document and save it in your desired location. Print or email the newspaper page.