Microsoft Word is primarily known for its word processing features, but it has some surprisingly decent desktop publishing functions, too.
A couple of years ago, I was tasked with revising the rulebook for students at a local high school. I had two choices, Microsoft Publisher or Microsoft Word. Knowing I would be collaborating with colleagues on the project, Microsoft Word turned out to be the best choice; since everybody had it installed. Microsoft Word is primarily known for its word processing features, but it has some surprisingly decent desktop publishing functions. You can create flyers, newsletters, and of course, booklets. This article shows you how to prepare one using the latest version, Microsoft Word 2016.
Prepare a Document as a Booklet in Microsoft Word 2016
Before you can start entering content into your booklet, you need to set up Microsoft Word first. Click the Layout tab, then click the Page formatting options button. This will bring up the Page Setup modal dialog.
Click in the Multiple pages list box, then select Book fold; you will notice your options have changed.
A preview of what a booklet will look like is generated. You can make further adjustments for the Gutter, which is a fancy name for the margins within the middle of the page. You can decide how close to the center you want the text to be.
If you enable the ruler View tab > Ruler within the show group, you can manually adjust it to your satisfaction. After setting up the page, proceed to enter your text and graphics.
When you are done, you can preview what your booklet looks like and make appropriate adjustments for printing. To do that, click File > Print. You will get a visual idea of what your booklet looks like; if you want to make further adjustments, click the Back button, then make your changes.
When you are ready to print the document, click in the Pages list box under Settings and select Manually Print on Both Sides. If you have a printer with duplex support (print on both sides), click Print, and it should take care of it automatically.
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