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How to Create Business Flyers Online for Printing Why pay a graphic designer to design simple promotional fliers when you can create them yourself? You can use Microsoft Word to create quick-and-easy promotional fliers and save the big bucks for high-end brochures and other marketing materials. With a dash of creativity and a little computer know-how, you can be on your way to creating a foolproof flier to promote your business effectively.

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1 Launch Microsoft Word and create a new file. Go to the "File" drop-down menu and select "New."


2 Adjust the page margins and orientation for optimal printing. Go to the file drop-down menu and select "Page Set-Up." Click on the margin tab and create a one-inch margin around the entire document. Make sure you have the portrait page orientation option selected, and press "OK."


3 Add your message. Try using a text box to position your text rather than typing directly on the document. Go to the "Insert" drop-down menu and select "Text box." The text box gives the user more control as to where he can move the box on the page. If you are looking for a more traditional design style, try using Times New Roman or Baskerville font. Arial fonts and other sans serif fonts lend to a more modern design aesthetic in comparison with Times New Roman. As noted on, "Arial is an extremely versatile family [and] can be used with equal success for text setting in reports, presentations, magazines, and for display use in newspapers, advertising and promotions ." Be sure to create separate text boxes for your heading and the main text. Make sure to increase the size of the heading to between 55-72; use the bold feature to capture attention.



Insert your logo--it's just good marketing. For optimal printing, only use logos with a resolution of a least 300 dots per inch (dpi). For best result, only use files with a .jpg file extension. Word cannot support .tiff, .gif or .png images. To add an image to your document, go to the "Insert" drop-down menu and select "picture or picture from file." Select the logo you want to use from the file directory and press "OK/Insert." Once the image appears on the document, right-click it and select "Format picture." Click on the layout tab and select "Behind-text" option to move to position it on the page. o

5 Add graphics for visual interest. To use Microsoft tools for shapes, go to the "Insert" drop-down menu and select "Autoshapes." Hold shift and drag across the page to draw the shape. You can change the color and outline of the shape by right-clicking and selecting "Format shape." To change the color of your shape, click on the color and lines tab and adjust the fill and line colors. Since this will be used as a professional representation of your business, use graphics with muted colors: gray, off white, or pastels. Try reducing the shape's opacity to create a stunning flier that will not compete with the text featured on your flier. Or, make your image opaque--aka: create a watermark. Right-click the image and select "Format shape." Click on the picture tab and change the color drop-down menu to watermark, or grayscale.


6 Print your flier. Send your design to

Tips & Warnings Need to move a text box, picture or clipart with the arrow tool? Right-click the box and select "Format picture or text box." Next, click the layout tab and select the "Behind-text" option.

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