How To Make a Tri Fold Brochure on Word

By Flora Richards-Gustafson

There is no need to pay a graphic designer or copy shop to create a Tri fold brochure for you when you can make one yourself on Microsoft Word. When you create a brochure, you are essentially making a two-page document that has three columns on each page. To make a Tri fold brochure, use any version of Word available to you. When you finish making your brochure on Word, you can print it on your own printer and on your choice of paper.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Microsoft Word

Step 1

Determine the brochure layout you want to use. You can use an accordion fold or a barrel fold. The accordion fold is when you fold the paper in alternating directions. The barrel fold means folding the paper in thirds, with the left side of the paper over the right (similar to how you would fold a letter before stuffing it into an envelope).

Step 2

Launch Word on your computer and set up the page in a new document. Click "File," then click "Page Setup." A small box will pop up. Click the "Paper Size" tab. Select the option to change the paper orientation to "Landscape." Click the "Margins" tab and set your margins to 0.5 inches around the whole page. Click "OK."

Step 3

Set up the columns. Click "Format" at the top of the screen, then click "Columns." A small box will pop up on the screen. Select the icon in the "Presets" area of the box that says "Three" under it. In the "Width and Spacing" section of the box, change the "Spacing" amount to one inch. Click "OK."

Step 4

Turn on the text boundaries and paragraph marks. Click "Tools" at the top of the screen and select "Options." A small box will pop up on the screen. Select the boxes next to "Text Boundaries" and "Paragraph Marks." Click "OK."

Step 5

Insert column breaks to create the brochure's second page. Press the "Enter" key on your keyboard until the cursor on the screen is at the top of the third column of the page. Click "Insert" at the top of the screen and select "Break." Click "Page Break." On the small box that popped up, click the circle next to the word "Column break." Click "OK."

Step 6

Add text and graphics. Place the cursor where you want to enter text and begin to type. You can add words and pictures to the column just as you would a normal Word document.

Step 7

Save your document. Click "File." Choose the computer file you want to save the document in and enter a name for the document at the bottom of the screen before clicking "Save."