How to Make an A5 Booklet in Word

By Amy Dombrower

Create and print out an A5 booklet using Microsoft Word.
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A5 is a standard paper size that measures 5.83 by 8.27 inches. An A5 page is half the size of an A4 page, or letter-sized paper (8.5 by 11 inches). According to, A5 paper is normally used for small notepads. You can create A5 pages in Microsoft Word 2007 as long as you have A5 paper in your printer. In order to make a booklet of this size, you need to change the page size to A5 and set up the page margins for booklet printing, known as a book fold in Word. A book fold adds large margins and a center fold between two pages, often used to create folded menus or invitations.

Open a blank document in Microsoft Word.

Click the "Page Layout" tab in the Ribbon. Click "Margins" and select "Custom Margins." Under "Pages" in the dialog box, click "Book Fold." Since it's a custom setting, you don't need to change the page orientation or margin values. A book fold automatically changes the page to "Landscape" orientation, in which two sheets will be printed on one sheet.

Click the "Paper" tab in the "Page Setup" dialog box. If you click "OK" and close the dialog box instead, click "Size" on the "Page Layout" tab ("Page Setup" group).

Select "A5" as the paper size. This changes the page size to 5.83 by 8.27 inches.

Enter content as you normally would in a Word document. Begin typing and format the text using the "Home" tab. If you want to insert a picture or clipart, click the "Insert" tab. The commands you need are in the "Illustrations" group.

Click the "Microsoft Office Button," then "Save as" to save the document.

Click the "Microsoft Office Button" and scroll to "Print." Select "Print Preview" to view a preview of the document.

Connect your printer to the computer. Feed the printer with A5 paper.

Click "Print."

Select your installed printer from the list. Select any necessary printing options, and click "Print.

Put the pages of your booklet in order and fold along the center of each.