How to Make a Flyer on Word

Advertise what you’re selling or sharing with these tips

Concert flyer template for Word on macOS.

Paper flyers still have their place in the world, whether you’re hosting an event, selling a service, or trying to unload a decent-but-unneeded piece of furniture. A flyer can put your information where people are likely to see it, such as a workplace bulletin board. Flyers don’t need to be fancy; they just need to attract attention and give specific information so readers know exactly how to interact with you. Here are instructions for how to create a flyer in Word, including different versions.

How to Design a Flyer in Word 2016, 2013, 2010, or 365 (online)

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

  2. Under the search bar, select Flyers. (In Word 2010, click Flyer, then select a template you like from the folders. If you don't like any of the options, type a specific search term, such as "picnic flyer" into the search bar, 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. Click on it, then click 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 click Insert.

    

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

  8. Delete an unwanted element by clicking it, then pressing Delete on your keyboard.

  9. When your flyer is complete, you can 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.

    Saving changes to your document doesn’t change the template you started with. You can open the template again to start a new flyer, and it will appear the same as when you opened it before.

  10. You're all set.

How to Design a Flyer From Scratch in Word 2010

If you prefer, you can design a flyer from scratch. The instructions below are for Word 2010, but they will be similar for any recent version of Word.

  1. Open a blank document in Word.

  2. Insert an image that will attract viewers’ attention:

    1. Open the Insert tab, and select Picture.
    2. Navigate to the image you want, then click Insert.
    3. Move the corner circles to make the image smaller or larger.
    4. Click within the image, then open the Format tab to adjust elements like frames and styles.
    5. 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. Now you can use your pointer to move the image easily around the page.
  3.  Insert a title using Word Art:

    1. Place your mouse pointer at the location where you want the title to appear.
    2. Open the Insert tab and select WordArt.
    3. In the WordArt box, choose a style that you like.
    4. A text box will appear. Select the dummy text, and start typing to replace it.
    5. To change the size of the text, open the Home tab and, in the Font area, change the typeface size.
    6. Move the box to where you want it on the page.
  4. Create additional text boxes using the same process as #3.

  5. When your flyer is complete, you can 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.

How to Design a Flyer in Word for Mac

Finally, here’s how to design a flyer in Word for Mac. The easiest and quickest way to do it is to open a template provided by Microsoft.

Template in Microsoft Word 365 for Mac

Word for Mac, 365 Edition

  1. Select New from Template.
  2. In the next window scroll until you find the Flyer template. Click Create.

Word for Mac, 2011 Version

  1. From the File menu, select New from Template.
  2. In the left column click Flyers. Then browse the templates until you find one you like.
  3. Click the image and, in the dialog box, click Choose.

You can also type in the word "flyer" into the Search field and you'll see a bunch of templates that match.

With the new template open, you can click on any placeholder text and begin typing to add your information to the flyer. If you don't need a placeholder text box, click the text within it and press Delete on your keyboard.

Adjusting text color and size is done the same way you'd do it in any Word document, using controls found under the Home tab in the 365 edition and 2011 version.

To change the template image

Word for Mac, 365 Edition

  1. Click the template image.
  2. At the top of the window click the Picture Format tab.
  3. On the left side, click Change Picture (it's a box containing two icons and a curvy arrow, and labeled Change Picture).
  4. On the next screen, navigate to the image you want to use. Click Insert.

Word for Mac, 2011 Version

  1. On the toolbar, click the Media Browser icon.
  2. Navigate to an image on your hard drive, drag the thumbnail to the image area of the flyer, and drop.

If you need to change the size of the image, select it and drag the handles (which look like little squares).

When your flyer is complete, you can 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. Note: Saving changes to your document doesn’t change the template you started with. You can open the template again to start a new flyer, and it will appear the same as when you opened it before.