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How to Make a Newspaper on Microsoft Word

Updated April 17, 2017

Make a quality newspaper with a professional appearance using Microsoft Word and your printer. Making a newspaper helps people stay informed and connected. Make one for your classroom, school or family without using an expensive desktop publishing program. With Word, define the layout yourself or use templates that do much of the formatting work for you. The only things you need to dig up are stories and pictures.

Open a blank Word document.

From the Page Layout tab, click "Columns" from the Page Setup group. Then select "More Columns" and enter set the number of columns you need on the first page. Click "This point forward" to apply the columns to the document.

To set a line between columns, click "Columns," "More Columns," and then check the box next to "Line between." Here you can also adjust the width of the column and its spacing.

Turn off columns to insert an image or an editorial. Open the Page Layout tab and click "Columns" in the Page Setup group. Click "One" to return to a single column.

Open a document in Word.

Select "File," and then "New."

From the list of available templates choose the appropriate template. Use one that is installed with word by selecting "Sample Templates," reviewing the available templates and clicking "Create." Use a template you use frequently by clicking "Recent Templates," selecting the template you need and clicking "Create." Use a template you've created by selecting "My Templates," selecting your template and clicking "OK."

Download a template from Microsoft (full link in Resources). From the template category, review the list of templates, click the one that works best for you paper and then select "Download." The template becomes available under the Sample Templates listing.

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About the Author

Tricia Goss' credits include Fitness Plus, Good News Tucson and Layover Magazine. She is certified in Microsoft application and served as the newsletter editor for OfficeUsers.org. She has also contributed to The Dollar Stretcher, Life Tips and Childcare Magazine.