How to Make a Tri-Fold Brochure on Word

Updated March 23, 2017

A tri-fold brochure is a document that has three columns, making for six panels of content. It is often used for business brochures because you can fit a lot of information on each panel, and the brochures are compact. The quickest way to use Microsoft Word to set up a tri-fold brochure is to employ an existing template. Then set up the columns, add your content and print it out.

Open "Microsoft Word."

Click the "Microsoft Office Button" and select "New."

Click the "Brochures" link under "Microsoft Office Online."

Scroll through the templates and find one that you like. Because most brochures are made into thirds, many templates will work as a tri-fold brochure. Click "Download" to launch the template as a new document.

Customise the template with your own text. Select the placeholder text and press "Delete." Begin typing to add your content. Adjust the line spacing and indents using the "Page Layout" tab. Click the "Home" tab to edit the font, font size, text colour and alignment.

Add your own images. Click the "Insert" tab and select "Picture" to insert an image file from your computer. Also consider uploading your company logo to replace the logo included in the template. Click "Clip Art" to add clip art to the brochure.

Adjust the margins by clicking the "Margins" icon on the "Page Layout" tab. Also use this tab to insert column breaks, which are helpful when entering text that will continue to the next brochure panel. Under the "Page Setup" group, click the top right icon, which is the "Insert Page Breaks and Section Breaks." command. Click "Column." Make sure "Three" is selected under the "Columns" command.

Edit all your content and note whether your text and images are in the right place and formatted correctly.

Save the document.

Click "Print" under the "Microsoft Office Button." Make sure your printer is properly connected to your computer and loaded with paper.

Print page 1. Turn the paper over and print page 2. Fold the paper in thirds to complete the brochure.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word
  • Printer
  • Letter-size paper
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Amy Dombrower is a journalist and freelance writer living in Chicago. She worked in the newspaper industry for three years and enjoys writing about technology, health, paper crafts and life improvement. Some of her passions are graphic design, movies, music and fitness. Dombrower earned her Bachelor of Arts in journalism from The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.