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How to Make Posters With Word

Updated February 21, 2017

The reasons to make a poster are numerous. Maybe you have a yard sale that you want to advertise with a posting on a nearby telephone pole. You might have a lost pet that you want to try to get back with "lost" posters on grocery store notice boards. Microsoft Word gives you the opportunity to make your own eye-catching poster no matter what your reason is for wanting to create one. You'll want to think ahead about your poster to make it appealing. What information do you want to present in your poster? Readers typically don't spend a lot of time reading a poster, so brevity is a plus.

Open your Word application on your computer. Word is a word processing application that is usually found in the programs folder. If Word does not open a new document automatically, create new blank document.

Go to the page layout section of Word, which can be located in different areas depending on your version of Word. If you're not sure where it's located, type "page layout" into your Word Help search box. Select landscape or portrait layout for your poster.

Select a large font. If you're not sure which size to try, start with a 32 point font size and make adjustment from there based on how much text you're trying to fit onto your poster.

Type the text onto your poster. You can position the text in whichever way most appeals to you. You can centre your text, separate lines of text by using double spacing or pressing "Enter" multiple times, using the "bold" and "italics" command or changing the colour of your font.

Add a picture or other graphic to your poster by using the "Insert" command. Position your image by selecting it and using the justification commands or by dragging it to a new location.

Make any last-minute changes to improve your poster's appearance, then make sure to save the file.

Tip

If you're inserting a picture, make sure you know where the file is located before you begin constructing your poster so that when you're ready to insert it, you won't waste time by needing to search for it. Use short, simple words so that readers of your poster can do so quickly.

Warning

Some posters can become outdated, turning into eyesores and possibly hurting your cause.

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About the Author

Doug Hewitt has been writing for over 20 years and has a Master of Arts from University of North Carolina-Greensboro. He authored the book "The Practical Guide to Weekend Parenting," which includes health and fitness hints for parents. He and his wife, Robin, are coauthors of the "Free College Resource Book."