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How to make an A5 booklet in Word

Updated March 23, 2017

A5 is a standard paper size that measures 15 x 21 cm (5.83 x 8.27 inches). An A5 page is half the size of an A4 page, or letter-sized paper 30 x 42 cm ((8.5 by 11 inches). A5 paper is normally used for small notepads. You can create A5 pages in Microsoft Word 2007 as long as you have A5 paper in your printer. In order to make a booklet of this size, you need to change the page size to A5 and set up the page margins for booklet printing, known as a book fold in Word. A book fold adds large margins and a centre fold between two pages, often used to create folded menus or invitations.

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  1. Open a blank document in Microsoft Word.

  2. Click the "Page Layout" tab in the Ribbon. Click "Margins" and select "Custom Margins." Under "Pages" in the dialogue box, click "Book Fold." Since it's a custom setting, you don't need to change the page orientation or margin values. A book fold automatically changes the page to "Landscape" orientation, in which two pages will be printed on one sheet.

  3. Click the "Paper" tab in the "Page Setup" dialogue box. If you click "OK" and close the dialogue box instead, click "Size" on the "Page Layout" tab ("Page Setup" group).

  4. Select "A5" as the paper size. This changes the page size to 15 x 21 cm (5.83 x 8.27 inches) inches.

  5. Enter content as you normally would in a Word document. Begin typing and format the text using the "Home" tab. If you want to insert a picture or clipart, click the "Insert" tab. The commands you need are in the "Illustrations" group.

  6. Click the "Microsoft Office Button," then "Save as" to save the document.

  7. Click the "Microsoft Office Button" and scroll to "Print." Select "Print Preview" to view a preview of the document.

  8. Connect your printer to the computer. Feed the printer with A5 paper.

  9. Click "Print."

  10. Select your installed printer from the list. Select any necessary printing options, and click "Print.

  11. Put the pages of your booklet in order and fold along the centre of each.

  12. Tip

    If, instead, you want each page of the booklet to be the size of A5 paper, create a booklet in the same way. Just change the page size to "A4." You will need to print on regular sized paper. When folded in half, the pages will be A5 size.

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Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word
  • A5 paper
  • Printer

About the Author

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.

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