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How to Create a Booklet in Microsoft Word

In this section, we're going to create a little booklet. Our booklet will have a cover page, an index, page numbering, and some clip art. The contents for the booklet can be found by clicking the link below. They are a series of short tales that we have translated from the original French. Save then to your hard drive, and then unzip the file you downloaded (if you don't know how to do this, here is a short WinZip tutorial.)

First, we'll create the cover for the booklet. Click the link below to see what you will be designing:

The booklet cover (opens in a new window)

Now click this link to dowload the files you need for this section:

Download the files you need for this section: download the stories


Creating the Booklet Cover

The first thing we are going to do is to create the cover for our booklet. We'll add a page border and a little bit of clip art.

  • Click File > New to create a New Microsoft Word document
  • Keep your finger on the Enter key on your keyboard. The cursor will move down. Stop when you have created 2 blank pages. Scroll back up to the top and left click anywhere on the first page
  • Click File from the menu bar
  • From the drop down menu, click Page Setup
  • Enter the following figures as the settings for your margins

Top 2 cm
Bottom 2 cm
Left 2 cm
Right 2 cm

  • Still on the Page Setup dialogue box, click the Layout tab strip at the top
  • Put a tick in the box that says "Different First Page"

The Layout Tab

  • Click the OK button when you have finished
  • You will have a blank page with a narrow, 2 centimetre margin around the page


Add a border to a blank page

We'll now add a border to this blank page. To add a border to your page, do the following.

  • Click on Format on the Microsoft Word menu bar
  • From the drop down menu, click Borders and Shading
  • When the dialogue box appears, click on Page Border at the top:

The Page Border tab

There are a number of areas we need to change on our Page Border tab strip. The areas we're going to change are: Settings, Style, and Width. We'll stick with a simple design for our first attempt at a cover page, so click with your left mouse button on "Box":

Click on Box

The next area we need to change is Style. The Style box gives you options for the line style you can have as a border. There are more to choose from by scrolling down. Scroll down until you find the same one as in the picture below

The line Style and its preview

The final section we're going to change on the Page Border tab strip is Width. Click the black down-pointing arrow to see a list of different sizes. Choose the one in the image below:

A line width of 3 points has been chosen

When you've made your three changes, there's two thing left to do.

  • Click the black down arrow, just to the right of "Apply To: Whole document"
  • Change it from "Whole document" to "This section - First page only"

Select This section - First page only

If you don't do this, all the pages in your booklet will end up with borders.

  • Finally, click the Options button in the bottom right of the Page Border tab strip:

Click the Options button

You'll see the following dialogue box pop up:

Border and Shading Options

The important part of that dialogue box for us is "Measure from".

  • Click the black down-pointing arrow and change it from "Edge of paper" to "Text"
  • Click OK to return to the Page Border tab strip
  • Then click OK on the Page Border tab strip
  • Your new border is added to your page

Now that you have a page border, add some Clip Art. (If you haven't yet completed the Clip Art section, Move to this section.) Add clip art to the top and bottom of your page

When you have finished, your document should look something like this one:

See what your document should look like

In the next part, we'll add a title to the front cover, with some nice shading behind it.


Add a Title to your cover page -->

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