How to Make Your Own Menu Card

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How to Make Your Own Menu Card
Ordering a meal is easier with an attractive menu card. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Menu cards are one of the first things people read when they visit a restaurant and are a vital part of your food business. As such, they should be attractive and easy to read. It helps to take photos of any foods you want to include on the menu beforehand. The menu card may be one or two-sided and printed in colour or black-and-white. A word processor, such as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect or Publisher can help you get started.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Instructions

    Microsoft Word

  1. 1

    Open a new document in Microsoft Word.

  2. 2

    Go to the "Page Layout" tab and click the "Page Setup" dialogue box launcher to open the Page Setup dialogue box. Select the "Paper" tab and set the height to "8.5" and width to "5.5" and click "OK."

  3. 3

    Add your restaurant's name to the top of page one and type "Menu" below it.

  4. 4

    Go to the "Insert" tab and "Illustrations" group. To add your restaurant's logo, click "Picture" and double-click the image you want to use in the "Insert Picture" dialogue box.

  5. 5

    Drag the image where you'd like it to appear. Go to page two and skip to the "Complete Menu" section to finish the menu.

    Microsoft Publisher

  1. 1

    Open a new document in Microsoft Publisher.

  2. 2

    Select "File" and "Page Setup" from the menu. The "Page Setup" dialogue box opens. Choose the '"Layout" tab and select "Booklet" for the "Publication type." Set the height to "8.5," width to "5.5" and orientation to "Landscape." Click "OK."

  3. 3

    Click "Insert" and "Duplicate Page" from the menu to add a second page.

  4. 4

    Go to page one of the menu and click "Insert" and "Text Box." Drag the text box from the top, left corner of your page to the bottom, right corner. Add your restaurant's name to the top of page one and type "Menu" below it.

  5. 5

    Select "Insert," "Picture" and "From File" from the menu. To add your restaurant's logo, double-click the image in the "Insert Picture" dialogue box. Drag the image where you'd like it to go.

  6. 6

    Go to page two of the menu and insert a text box that fills the page. Then proceed to the "Complete Menu" section to finish the card.

    WordPerfect

  1. 1

    Open a new document in WordPerfect.

  2. 2

    Select "File" and "Page Setup" from the menu. The "Page Setup" dialogue box appears. Click the "Page Setup" tab and click the "Add" button. Change the width to "5.5" and the height to "8.5" and click "Ok" twice.

  3. 3

    Add your restaurant's name to the top of page one and type "Menu" below it.

  4. 4

    Select "Insert," "Graphics/Pictures" and "From File." To add your logo, double-click it in the "Insert Image" dialogue box. Drag the logo where you'd like it to appear.

  5. 5

    Go to page two. Then go to the "Complete Menu" section for finish the menu.

    Complete Menu

  1. 1

    Type a title for each food category your restaurant offers, such as "Appetizers," "Salads," "Meals," "Desserts" and "Specials." Add the meals and their prices below each category.

  2. 2

    Highlight all the category titles on your page, such as "Appetizers." Press "Ctrl" and "E" to centre them. To enlarge and darken the titles, select a font size and the bold button from the mini-toolbar that appears over your text in Word, or from the toolbar in Publisher and WordPerfect.

  3. 3

    Insert an image of a meal, beverage or dessert beside your featured meals. Then drag the images where you'd like them to go. To resize any images, hold down the resizer handle at the corner of the image. Push it in to shrink the image or pull it out to enlarge it.

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