How to Make Brochures in Microsoft Word

By David Weedmark

Learn how to make your own brochures using Microsoft Word by customizing a brochure template or designing your own from scratch.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer
  • Internet
  • Microsoft Word software

Microsoft Word 2013 has everything you need to design and print your own brochures from home. There are several ready-made templates to choose from that you can customize to suit your needs. If you can't find the right template, it's not difficult to design your own from scratch.

Customizing a Template Brochure

Step 1

Launch Microsoft Word, click the File menu and select New. Type Brochure in the Search field to find a brochure template. Use the categories displayed in the menu to narrow down your search. Click on any template to see the preview, or double-click it to open it.

Step 2

Examine the layout before you begin customizing it. Different templates offer different features, such as horizontally aligned content, or vertically aligned content, as in the Tri-Fold template. The closer the template is to your preferred style, the less changes you'll have to make.

A close look at the Tri-Fold template.

Step 3

Highlight the text and type your own content in its place. If you need to change the formatting, right-click the highlighted text or click the Home tab, just as you would when formatting any Word document.

Right-click the text to change the font size.

Step 4

Replace placeholder images with your own photos whenever possible instead of deleting the placeholders. When you replace images, the new picture retains the same size and style as the one it's replacing. Click the image, click the Picture Tools' Format tab and then click the Change Picture icon. Select a new image from the navigation window that opens.

The Change Picture icon is in the Ribbon's Adjust section.

Creating a New Brochure From Scratch

Step 1

Open a new blank Word document. Click the Page Layout tab. Change the Orientation to Layout, and change the Margins if desired. Click the Columns icon and select Two or Three columns as needed for your brochure. A two-column brochure can be folded in half like a pamphlet. Three-columns is best for a tri-fold brochure.

Step 2

Begin typing the content for your brochure as you would in any Word document. Note that everything you put into the brochure will be confined within the columns, which are marked by the ruler above the page. Use different fonts to make your brochure more interesting visually, but in most cases, you'll want to limit your font selections to two or three: Too many font styles can make a brochure look busy and uninviting.

The spaces between columns mark where the folds will be.

Step 3

Insert pictures by selecting Pictures or Online Pictures from the Insert tab. If you want a picture or text box to span two columns, right-click it and select In Front of Text from the Wrap Text options. Insert a background image if you want a photo or other image to span the entire page behind the text.

Insert images into your brochure.

Step 4

Proofread your brochure and make sure everything looks the way you want it to be. Check for typos and make sure your contact information is included. The brochure must be exactly two pages to print as a single document. If a third blank page appears after your content, click on it and press Backspace until it's removed. If you don't have quite enough content for two pages, adjust the font sizes or increase the spacing by highlighting a section of text and clicking the Line and Paragraph Spacing icon under the Home tab.

Increase spacing make the text take up more room.

Step 5

Print your brochure by clicking the File menu and selecting Print. If you have a duplex printer, select Print on Both Sides in the Pages section. If your printer prints only one side at a time, print the first page, then reinsert the paper and print the second page on the opposite side.


If you're not certain which side is up when printing pages on a one-sided printer, make a pencil mark on the top page when you print the first page. You'll then know to put the side with that pencil mark facing down when reinserting the paper.