How to Create a Flyer With Tear Off Tabs in Microsoft Publisher

By Filonia LeChat

If using an email blast or social networking blitz to announce a special sale or get the word out about your business doesn't appeal to you, you don’t have to go the opposite direction and do all of the work yourself, either. Let Microsoft Publisher, with its included collection of flyer templates, go to work for you. With a Publisher template, you can create an old-school tear-off tabbed flyer, ready to post to a telephone pole near you, something electronic communications just can’t compete with.

Launch Publisher and click the “Flyers” button on the Available Templates screen. Double-click the "All Marketing" file folder icon. Scroll down to the Other section and double-click one of the flyer templates with tear-off tabs. Although these flyers will probably not be the same as your business, you can modify any template -- using a template just saves you the setup time. After a few download moments, the flyer opens in the Publisher workspace.

Click into the main headline for the flyer. Highlight and type over the text with your own headline, such as “Back to School Sale!” Repeat to highlight and type over the other text on the flyer. Leave the tabs alone for the moment.

Right-click one of the template pictures included on the flyer. Choose “Change Picture,” and then click “Change Picture” again from the fly-out menu. Browse to an image to use on the flyer, such as a photograph of the product you’re advertising. This is also the way for you to add your company logo to the flyer. Repeat to change all of the pictures included on the flyer. If there’s a picture you don’t need and don’t want to replace, click it and press the “Delete” key. To add additional pictures, click the “Insert” tab, click the “Picture” button on the ribbon, browse to an image and double-click it, then drag it into place on the flyer.

Click the “Page Design” tab at the top of the work area. Click through the blocks of colored squares in the Schemes portion of the ribbon – be sure to scroll as there are more than what is shown on the ribbon. Choose a color scheme more related to your flyer or one that matches your business colors. Clicking a block of colored squares updates the colors on the flyer.

Scroll to the tabbed section of the flyer. It may help to drag the zoom bar at the bottom right of the screen to enlarge this area, since text is usually quite small.

Click into the leftmost tab. Highlight and type over the “Name” or other placeholder text on the tab. Type your company name, wording such as “Free Piano” or any other text you want here. Highlight and type over the placeholder contact information, which may be a phone number. Type a phone number, email address or however you wish interested parties to contact you.

Highlight both lines of new text, and then press “Ctrl-C” to copy the details. Click into the next tab in the row. Highlight the placeholder text, and then press “Ctrl-V” to paste in the contact details. Repeat until all of the tabs hold your information.

Click the “File” tab and choose “Save As.” Enter a name for the flyer and choose where to save it on your network. Click the “Save” button.