How to Make a Flyer With Microsoft Word

Advertise what you’re selling or sharing

In the age of social media and digital invitations, paper flyers are still irreplaceable, whether you’re hosting an event, looking for a lost pet, or selling something. Flyers are handy tools for spreading information, and they don't need to be fancy. A good flyer attracts attention and lays out information simply and clearly. Here's how to create a great flyer using the Microsoft Word word processor.

These instructions apply to Word 2019, 2016, 2013, 2010, and Word for Office 365. Separate instructions are included for Word for Mac.

Create a Flyer in Microsoft Word Using Templates

  1. In Word, open the File tab and select New from the menu.

  2. Under the search bar, select Flyers.

    (In Word 2010, select Flyer, then select a template from the folders or type a specific search term, such as "picnic flyer," into the search bar, and then select from the options that appear. Skip to Step 5.)

    Flyers button in New Project panel in Microsoft Word
  3. Browse through the free flyer templates Word displays until you find a design you like.

    The template chooser in Microsoft Word
  4. Select it, then choose Create.

    Create button in template browser in Microsoft Word

    If you can’t find a template you like, try downloading one from Microsoft.

  5. To change the text, select it and type the new information.

    Placeholder text in Microsoft Word template
  6. To change the image, right-click on the existing image and select Change Picture. In the dialog box, select From a file. Navigate to an image on your computer, then select Insert.


    From a file button in Insert Pictures panel
  7. To change the color or another design feature of a content box, right-click within the box and choose the appropriate menu items to alter the element.

  8. To delete an unwanted element, select it and press Delete on your keyboard.

  9. Save your flyer, and then print it or send it via email.

Saving changes to your document doesn’t change the template. Open the template again to start a new flyer, and it will appear the same as when you first opened it.

Design a Flyer From Scratch

If you're feeling creative and can't find a template that suits you, design your flyer from scratch. There are infinite ways to set up your flyer, but here's a simple plan. (The instructions here are for Word 2010, but they will be similar for any recent version of Word.)

  1. Open a blank document in Word.

  2. Select the Insert tab, and choose Picture.

  3. Navigate to the image you want, then select Insert.

  4. Move the corner circles to make the image smaller or larger.

  5. Click within the image, then open the Format tab to adjust elements such as frames and styles.

  6. If you want to move the image to a different location, first make this adjustment: right-click on the image and select Wrap Text, then Behind Text. Use your pointer to move the image easily around the page.

  7. Insert a title using Word Art, if you like. to do this, place your mouse pointer at the location where you want the title to appear. Open the Insert tab and select WordArt, then choose the style you want and type your text.

  8. Create additional text boxes or type your flyer's information.

  9. When your flyer is complete, print it, or (depending on what you want to do with it later) save it to your hard drive, the cloud, or a flash drive.

Create a Word Flyer With Office 365

Office 365 is a subscription service that ensures you always have the most up-to-date modern productivity tools from Microsoft, including Word. It's easy to create a flyer with Word in Office 365.

Office 365 works on Windows, macOS, iOS, and Android.

  1. Open Word.

  2. Select New from Template.

  3. In the next window, scroll until you find the Flyer templates.

    Template in Microsoft Word 365 for Mac
  4. Choose a template, select Create, and modify as you wish.

To change the template image, select the Picture Format tab and then select Change Picture. On the next screen, navigate to the image you want to use and select Insert.

Create a Flyer in Word for Mac

Creating a flyer in Word for Mac is easy with the templates Microsoft provides. The instructions here are for Word for Mac 2011 but will be very similar for newer versions, as well.

  1. From the File menu, select New from Template.

  2. In the left column, select Flyers. Browse the templates until you find one you like.

    Or, type "flyer" into the Search field to see many templates that match.

  3. Select the template you want and then select Choose.

  4. Add your text over the placeholder text.

    If you don't need a placeholder text box, select it and press Delete on your keyboard.

  5. Adjust text color and size the same as in any Word document.

  6. When your flyer is complete, print it, or (depending on what you want to do with it later) save it to your hard drive, the cloud, or a flash drive.

To change the image in your flyer, go to View and select Media Browser. Navigate to an image on your hard drive, drag the thumbnail to the image area of the flyer, and drop it in. To change the size of the image, select it and drag the handles.