It is easy to make flyers using Microsoft Word. Open a new Word document, and save it under the flyer’s file name. Several choices exist for flyer coloring. You can make basic black print on white paper flyers, or flyers on a white background with colored lettering and borders and images, or flyers with colored backgrounds. Before you begin to format your flyer, go to the View tab in the upper toolbar. Choose the Print Layout, as this will allow you to see the changes you are making to your flyer as you make them.

Step 1 – To color the background of your flyer document, use the Page Layout tab in the upper toolbar. Notice the Page Background section in the middle of the Page Layout toolbar. Changing the background color of your document is as easy as clicking on one of the colored boxes that are displayed when you hit the Page Color icon in the Page Background section of the toolbar.

Step 2 – You may also want to add a border to your flyer. In the same Page Background section of the toolbar, choose the Page Borders icon. Click the Page Borders tab. On the left-hand side of the box, under “Setting,” you can choose the way you would like the border to display, such as in a box around the entire page, or just on one side of the page as a partial border. Select the setting you prefer. In the center column is a “Style” box where you can choose the type of line you would like to use for the border, below that is a “Color” box where you can choose the border’s color, and also a “Width” box to choose the border width. In the bottom box, under “Art,” you may choose different artistic icons to use for the border, such as hearts, stars or trees, instead of a line. In the last column, just make sure “Whole Document” is highlighted under the “Apply” box. Once all your border choices are made, click “OK.”

Step 3 – To add images to your flyer, use the Insert tab. In the Illustrations subsection, choose the Picture icon. This will allow you to chose any image or photo from the files on your computer. Once the image is chosen, use the Insert button. To change the placement or size of the image, use the corners to pull the image to different sizes or places on the flyer. You can also use the small green circle above the image to rotate it. Once done, click anywhere else on the flyer and the guide lines will disappear.

Step 4 – Add text to your flyer by using the Home tab. Begin typing wherever the cursor is placed. In the Font subsection, you can choose the font style and size. Highlight your text once it is typed out, then play with different font styles and types by highlighting them on the drop down menus. Using the three icons below the font styles, you can bold, italicize or underline any highlighted text. Click the glowing blue “A” icon in the Font section to add shadows or borders to your highlighted text. Change the color of your text by using the icon with an “A” underlined by a red line. Choose a color in any box and it will change your highlighted text to that color. If you want to adjust the size of the flyer, use the Page Layout tab, and then choose the Size icon in the Page Setup subsection. You can also adjust margins and switch from horizontal to vertical layouts using icons in this section. Once you are done designing your flyer, save it as a Word document for printing. If you are using the document as a flyer online or in digital media, under the File tab, choose Save As. Under your name for the file, use the drop down menu to choose PDF in the “Choose as Type” box. Click “Save.” This will give you a pdf file of the flyer for online viewing.

Step 5 – Microsoft Office has templates for flyers in Word. The flyer templates include event flyers, announcements, advertisements, posters and banners. (Make sure to choose a template that says Word below it, as some are only for Publisher or PowerPoint.) Download one of these templates and save it in a file on your computer’s hard drive. After it is saved, open the file, click on the text you want to replace, erase the old text, and replace with your new text. Make sure to save the file with your new flyer’s title.