Microsoft Word helps you create professional-looking postcards for minimal effort and cost. Using pre-formatted templates from Microsoft Online shortens the postcard creation time so you can focus on the important information in the postcard rather than how to format it. Microsoft has developed postcard templates, while other companies have developed their own for use with their speciality postcard paper.
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Things you need
- Microsoft Word 2007
- Internet connection
- Printer (capable of printing cardstock)
Open Microsoft Word 2007, then click on the “Microsoft Office Button.” Click “New” for a new document, which brings up the New dialogue box. At the top of this dialogue box, find the yellow search field with greyed-out words “Search Microsoft Online for Templates.”
Click in the yellow search field and type “Postcards,” then press “Enter” to search for postcard templates. The centre task pane of this dialogue box brings up templates. Click on the postcard thumbnail to see its description, download size and postcard creator.
Click on “Postcard Arc Design,” then “Download.” Word 2007 automatically opens the template in a new document. Since the template was created in a previous version of Word, you will need to click on the “Microsoft Office Button” then “Convert” to enable all of Word 2007’s functionality. Click “OK” to convert the file. You only need to do this for documents and templates made with previous versions of Word.
Double-click on “Product/Service Information” and type in your information. Continue to replace the pre-formatted information by clicking, highlighting and replacing text.
Add your logo by double-clicking on the “Your Logo Here” graphic. This brings up the Picture Tools tab. Click “Change Picture” in the left corner of the Ribbon and select your logo. Click “Insert” to add it to the postcard.
Save your postcard by clicking on the “Microsoft Office Button,” then “Save.” Give your postcard file a name and click “Save” in the dialogue box. Print your postcards by clicking on the “Microsoft Office Button,” then “Print.” Click on the checkbox for “Manual Duplex” to print the postcard front and back on one sheet of paper. Then click “OK.” Manual duplexing means you will have to turn the paper over after the first page is printed so you can print on the opposite side of the paper. Test this process on regular paper.
Tips and warnings
- While these instructions are specifically for Word 2007, you can create postcards in other versions of Word, although the directions are slightly different.
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