How to Make a Magazine Using Microsoft Word

By Contributing Writer

Updated September 28, 2017

Creating a magazine in Microsoft Word is somewhat different from making it in a publishing software like Adobe InDesign, but it is not completely unheard of. It can work and give you a solid looking end result.

Open a new document in Microsoft Word.

Set up your document to have bound document margins. To do this, go to the "Page Setup" box and select "Book Fold." This will create a single margin for the two pages.

Write the name of your magazine using a large font on the first page of your document.

Insert a photo by navigating to "Insert," then "Picture," then "From File." Choose the picture you wish to insert and size it on your page. (See the Resources below on how to adjust the picture's position and text wrapping.)

Create a set of tables to create columns by navigating to "Insert," then "Tables." Two columns would be a good place to start, but you can also create 3, 4 or 5 columns of type. Remove the rules on the columns. (See the Resources below for more on using columns in Microsoft Word.)

Add your text to the columns and add photos as necessary.

Save your file as a PDF by navigating to "File," then "Save As" and choosing ".pdf" as your file type.

Put your file on a CD and take it to the nearest print shop for printing.