How to Put a Newspaper Layout on Microsoft Word

By Filonia LeChat

When you're ready to have your target audience "read all about it," let Microsoft Word help you with a newspaper template. While many newspapers may have gone online and electronic, creating the real thing takes just a short series of clicks with Word. Tweak one of Word's built-in layouts for more of a newspaper look and start spreading the news.

Things You'll Need

  • Digital images
  • Digital logo

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word. Click the "File" tab and select "New." Double-click the "Newsletters" button. Scroll through the newsletter layouts. All layouts are customizable, so choose one that fits the desired appearance of the newspaper. Double-click the layout to open it in a new Word window.

Step 2

Change the newsletter size to fit your newspaper layout by clicking the "Page Layout" tab at the top of the work area. Click the "Size" button below the tab. Click "More Paper Sizes." Type the newspaper's page dimensions into the "Width" and "Height" boxes, and click "OK." Note that Word automatically shifts all of the page content and layout of the newsletter to fit the new newspaper size.

Step 3

Click into the placeholder text, headlines and contact information on the newsletter layout, and change it to your own with articles and callouts.

Step 4

Replace the images that came with the newsletter template by clicking each and pressing the "Delete" button on the keyboard. Add your own by clicking the "Insert" tab and clicking the "Picture" button below the tab. Browse to the pictures to use with the articles and double-click them, then drag them onto place on the newspaper page. Repeat the process to add a newspaper logo to the front masthead.

Step 5

Click the "File" tab and select "Save As." Type a name for the newspaper layout and click the "Save" button.

Tips & Warnings

  • To open an existing Word document of a newspaper, click the "File" tab and select "Open." Browse to the Word document and double-click its file name. The newspaper layout document opens in a new Word window.