With our instructions, you can quickly create a tri-fold brochure in
Whenever I create a brochure or other column layout, I like to see my
columns. Go to ToolsàOptions, View tab and turn on
Text Boundaries. As always, make sure you have your
Make sure you are in Page Layout view by choosing it from the View menu.
Begin with a new, blank document. From the File menu, choose Page Setup. Use
0.5" margins all the way around, and set the page orientation to Landscape.
When you set these margins, you may get the following error:
Hit Fix. You may find that it's only slightly off. For instance, my printer
changes my right margin to 0.55" instead. I can live with that, because I won't
likely have text on the far-right panel of my brochure that could get cut off.
If I do, I'll deal with it later. So I change that margin back to 0.5" and hit
Ignore when I get the error again. If you do the same, just check carefully to
make sure your text doesn't get cut off when you print.
Hit your Zoom drop-down and choose Whole Page. If you can't find this toolbar
button, you may want to change your toolbar settings to
Go to FormatàColumns from the menu, and choose
3 columns, evenly spaced, with 1" in between. You must use one inch because the
space between columns has to be twice the width of the margins, or your brochure
content will not be centered on the "panels". Make sure you choose Equal column
After your columns are set up, do the following:
- Hit Enter 3 times.
Hit InsertàBreak, Column Break.
- Hit Ctrl+A.
- Hit Ctrl+End.
- Hit Ctrl+V 5 times.
You should now be able to see some area to click and type in each of 6 panels
in your tri-fold brochure, and get a better handle on what you're doing.
Above is page 1. The far-right column is the front of your brochure. You may
want to begin your design here, including your logo. The first column on the
left of page 2 will be the back of your tri-fold.
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