When you’re looking to publicise an upcoming event, sale or fundraiser, a flyer is hard to beat. The simple single page pieces of paper are a quick promotional material that may be handed out at meetings, sent to your mailing list or pinned up on community notice boards. While PowerPoint, the presentation software available as part of the Microsoft Office Suite, is often thought of as a way to compile an electronic slide show, you can use it to create flyers within minutes. With just a couple of quick clicks, you’ll be ready to start advertising.
Open PowerPoint, which starts a new single slide presentation on the screen. Change the size to flyer size by pulling down the “File” menu and clicking “Page Setup.”
Pull down the “Slides sized for” menu and select “Letter Paper.” Type “8.5” into the “Width” box and “11” into the “Height” box. Click the “Portrait” button next to “Slides” and click the “OK” button. The PowerPoint workspace automatically adjusts.
Click the main text box on the page, which says “Click to add title” and drag it to the top of the flyer. Type your flyer headline, such as “All Cat Toys on Sale!” Highlight the new headline and use the toolbar at the top of the screen to change the headline’s font, size, position and colour.
Click the other placeholder text box on the page, which says “Click to add subtitle.” Drag it towards the bottom of the flyer and type over the placeholder words with your own, such as information about the event, details about what you’re selling, dates of a party and a way to get in touch with you, such as a phone number or e-mail address.
Pull down the “Insert” menu, click “Picture” and select “Clip Art.” Type a word or phrase that goes along with the flyer, such as “balloons,” “ghost,” “wine bottle” or “gift boxes” into the “Search for” box. Click “Go,” scroll through the results and double-click an image, which is added to the flyer. Drag it into place and resize it to your preferences.
Give the flyer an eye-catching background by pulling down the “Format” menu and clicking “Background.” Pull down the “Background fill” menu and click one of the coloured boxes or the “More colours” button to add a background colour to the flyer.
Pull down the “File” menu, click “Save As,” name the flyer and save it to your computer.