What to Know

  • Use a template: Go to File > New and search for Brochure. Choose a style and select Create. Then replace the sample text and images.
  • Or, open and customize a new Word document. When finished, select File > Save As and choose Word Template (*.dotx).

This article explains how to create a brochure in Microsoft Word by using an existing template or personalizing your own template design. Instructions cover Word for Microsoft 365, Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, and Word 2010.

How to Create a Brochure From a Template

The easiest way to create a brochure in any version of Microsoft Word is to start with a template, which has the columns and placeholders configured. Change the document and add your text and images.

Templates Save Time and Effort for Almost Any Word Project

  1. Select File > New.

    Word with New button highlighted

  2. In the Search for Online Templates text box, type brochure, then press Enter.

    New Document screen in Word with the search bar highlighted

  3. Choose the style you want and select Create to download the template. The template automatically opens in a new Word document.

    New File window in Word with the Create button highlighted

  4. Select sample text in any section and enter your custom text. Replace the sample text throughout the template.

    To customize the text, change the font, color, and size.

    Screenshot of text boxes in Word brochure template

  5. Replace the sample images, if desired. Select an image, right-click, and select Change Image. Choose the location of the picture you want to use, navigate to the image, then select Insert.

    A brochure in Word with the Change Picture button highlighted

  6. To change the default color theme of the template, go to the Design tab.

    Word with the Design tab highlighted

  7. Select the Colors drop-down arrow and choose a theme.

    Point to a theme in the Colors drop-down list to preview before applying it.

    Word's Design tab with the Colors menu highlighted

  8. Save the changes to the brochure when you are finished customizing it. Refer to the printer documentation or manufacturer website to find instructions on how to print double-sided documents.

How to Make a Brochure in Word From Scratch

To create a brochure from scratch, start with a blank document.

  1. Change the document's orientation. Go to the Layout tab and select Orientation > Landscape.

    Orientation is set to Portrait by default.

    Orientation menu in Word

  2. Add a second page for a double-sided brochure. Go to the Insert tab and, in the Pages group, choose Blank Page.

    Word with the Insert and Blank Page sections highlighted

  3. Choose the number of columns. Go to the Layout tab and select Columns. Then, choose Two to create a bi-fold brochure, or choose Three to create a tri-fold brochure.

    Word document with the Layout tab and Columns buttons highlighted

  4. Add and format the text. To format the text, select the text, go to the Home tab, then choose a font, font size, and font color, or add a bulleted list or numbered list.

    Another way to place text in a brochure is to insert a text box and add text to the text box.

    Formatting text in Microsoft Word

  5. Add photos or graphics. Select the location in the document where you want to place the picture, go to the Insert tab, and select Pictures.

    Word with the Pictures button on the Insert tab highlighted

  6. Save the changes to the brochure when you are finished customizing it. Refer to the printer documentation or manufacturer website to find instructions on how to print double-sided documents.

To save the brochure as a template, go to File > Save As and choose Word Template (*.dotx) from the list of file types.


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