How to Make a Flyer on Microsoft Word 2003

by Filonia LeChat

When you want to announce an upcoming school performance, store sale or charity event, a quick and handy way to do so is through a flyer. Flyers are a standard page of copy paper you customize with information and images to suit your requirements. Distribute them at a community meeting, mail them to your customer list or post them on bulletin boards. Take advantage of your computer's Microsoft Word 2003 application to make flyers. With just a couple of quick clicks, you'll be ready to go out and paper your neighborhood.

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Open Word 2003, click "File" and select "New." The "New Document" pane opens. Type "flier" or "flyer" in the "Search online for" box and click "Go." You can be more specific, such as "yard sale flyer" or "bakery fllyer" but you'll receive far fewer results.

2

Scroll through the list of available flyer templates, click a link to preview the flyer and click the "Download" button to open the flyer in the Word workspace.

3

Highlight the flyer headline and type directly over the words with your own new ones, such as "Cat Club Meets Monday!" or "Community Craft and Bake Sale, Taking Registrations." Highlight the new words and use the text toolbar at the top of the page to change the font, size and color of the text.

4

Highlight additional placeholder text on the flyer and replace it with your own, adding details about the event, time and location, a description of the item or service for sale and how to contact you, such as a phone number, email address or website.

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Add your own photo or image to the flyer by pulling down the "Insert" menu, clicking "Picture" and selecting "From File." Browse to a digital picture and double-click the file name, which opens the image on the flyer.

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Add a stock image to the flyer by pulling down the "Insert" menu, clicking "Picture" and selecting "Clip Art." Type a word or phrase, such as "flowers," "soccer players" or "coffee cups" into the "Search for" box and click "Go." Scroll through the results and double-click a graphic, which appears on the flier. Drag it into place with your cursor.

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Put a border on your flyer by pulling down the "Format" menu and selecting "Borders and Shading." Click the "Page Border" tab and the "Box" button. Select a border style, such as lines or images and click "OK."

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Pull down the "File" menu and click "Save As." Name the flyer and save it to your computer.

About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.

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