How to Print Postcards in Word

By Filonia LeChat

For many Microsoft Office Suite users, Microsoft Word does double-duty as a word processing program and desktop publishing software. This is especially true since Microsoft moved its desktop publishing program Publisher into a Professional Suite version in 2010. You can create and print your own correspondence directly from Word. Take a trip back to a time when postcards meant snail mail, not email, and create your own in Word.

Step 1

Open Word. Click the "Page Layout" tab. Click the "Size" button below the tab. Select one of Word's preset postcard sizes, such as "4 x 6" or "5 x 7," or click the "More Paper Sizes" link and set up a custom postcard. Word automatically re-sizes the page on the canvas.

Step 2

Click the "Insert" tab. Click the "Picture" button to insert a custom image. Go to the image and double-click it, bringing it onto the postcard. Click the "Clip Art" button. Type a term referring to the postcard's occasion, such as "moving," "miss you" or "Independence Day" and click "Go." Scroll through the results and double-click an image to add it to the postcard.

Step 3

Type the text for the postcard, such as "Wish you were here" or "Just moved!" Highlight the text. Click the "Home" tab. Make changes to the text, such as increasing the font size and changing the typeface using the "Font" section of the Ribbon.

Step 4

Click the "Page Layout" tab, then click "Page Color" to give the postcard a colored background. Select a colored square that contrasts with your postcard text color.

Step 5

Turn on your printer and load in postcard paper. Note that postcard paper is thicker than copy paper, and fewer sheets will fit in the tray. Adjust the print levers so they hold the postcard paper in place.

Step 6

Click the "File" tab. Click "Print." Click the "Copies" box up to the number of postcards to print, or leave the default as "1," then click the "Print" button.