If you are familiar with using Microsoft Word for standard copy paper-sized documents such as reports, letters and faxes, take your work a step further by making posters. Word ships with a variety of poster templates to help you grab attention for a big meeting, event or announcement, and all are completely customisable. With a couple of clicks, you'll have a personalised poster ready to show off your big news.
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Open Word, click the "File" tab and select "New." Click the "More templates" folder, which is the last option on the "Available Templates" screen.
Double-click the "Posters" folder to open a selection of posters available from the Office template collection. Double-click any poster; everything on the poster may be completely customised and changed, but the poster template gives you a quick jumping-off point. Depending on your computer's speed, it may take a few moments for the poster to download and open in a new Word work window.
Highlight the main headline of the poster, such as "Open House," and type directly over it with your own, such as "Pet Sitting Available." Highlight the new text, click the "Home" tab at the top of the screen and use the "Font" controls to change the headline's font, text size, text colour and text position.
Highlight all of the placeholder text on the poster and type over it with your own, such as details about your event, item for sale or meeting.
Right-click a picture on the poster and select "Change Picture." This brings up a navigation window; browse to a digital image on your computer and double-click it, which opens the picture on the poster. If you don't have a digital image, click once on the placeholder picture and press the "Delete" key. Click the "Insert" tab, click "Clip Art" and type a word or phrase into the "Search for" box. Click "Go," scroll through the results, double-click a graphic and it appears on the poster.
Give the poster a colourful background by clicking the "Page Layout" tab and clicking the "Page Color" button in the middle of the toolbar. Click a small coloured box to instantly change the poster's background from white. Skip this step if you'll be printing the poster on metallic foil or coloured vinyl.
Save the poster by clicking the "File" tab, selecting "Save As," typing a name for the poster and saving it to your computer.
Tips and warnings
- After you've made your posters in Microsoft Word, you'll want to bring them to life. Most basic home printers can't handle printing anything larger than an 8.5-by-11-inch page of copy paper, so save your files and take them to a print shop, where you'll find almost any size poster printing available, as well as materials like vinyl, foam core and metallic foil for your poster. Check with the print shop; you may be able to e-mail your poster file and save yourself a trip.
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