How to Create Newsletters With Free Templates

by Leigh Thompson

Newsletters require a large amount of text and formatting. Because these documents are sent to a large group of people, the newsletter style must be visually appealing. The process of designing a newsletter takes time. You need to create columns, headers and a custom color scheme with graphics. Instead of designing your own newsletter from scratch, you can use a template. By using a pre-formatted template, you can save time by just entering the text into the template.

OpenOffice Writer

Open OpenOffice Writer. Click the "File" option on the top bar. Point to "New." Choose "Templates and Documents" from the list of options.

Click the link to "Get more templates online." Type the word "Newsletter" into the "Search" box.

Choose a template from the search results. Click the "Use it!" button. Click the "Open" button to download the template. Click the "Open" button to open the template.

Delete the template sample text. Insert your own text.

Click the "File" menu. Choose the option to "Save As." Choose a save location. Change the "Save as Type" to "ODF Text Document." Click the "Save" button.

Lotus Symphony 3

Open Lotus Symphony. Click the link to "Create a New Document."

Click the "File" menu. Point your cursor to the "New" option. Choose the "From Template" option. Select the "Document" link.

Choose the "Newsletter" template. Click the "OK" button.

Delete the template sample text. Insert your own text.

Click "File" on the top menu. Choose the option to "Save" your document. Name your newsletter. Click the "Save" button.

Google Docs

Log in to your Google Docs account. If you do not have an account, go to Google's home page and click the link to sign up. Once you are logged in to your account, click the "Docs" link.

Press the "Create new" button. Choose "From template" from the list of options.

Click the "Public Templates" link. Type the word "Newsletter" into the "Search Templates" field box. Press the "Search Templates" button. Choose a template. Click the button to "Use this template."

Delete the template sample text. Insert your own text.

Click "File" on the top menu. Choose the option to "Save" your document. Name your newsletter. Click the "Save" button.

About the Author

Leigh Thompson began writing in 2007 and specializes in creating content for websites. She has been published online in various capacities. Thompson has an associate degree in information technology from the University of Kansas and is working on a bachelor's degree in business and personal finance.