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How to Make a Brochure Using Microsoft Works Word Processor Templates

written by: •edited by: Christian Cawley•updated: 9/18/2010

If you need to create a pamphlet but don't have Word or Publisher you may still be in luck. There are four built-in free brochure templates for Microsoft Works Word Processor that you can use to create a polished, professional-looking brochure in no time.

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    Accessing Microsoft Works Templates

    Microsoft offers a handful of templates for Microsoft Works in ten different design themes on the Microsoft Works website. However, none of these template sets includes a brochure design. In order to find the free brochure templates for Microsoft Works Word Processor, you need to open the Microsoft Works Task Launcher.

    To access this platform in Windows XP, click Start and then select All Programs. Open the Microsoft Works folder and select Microsoft Works Task Launcher.

    Microsoft Works Task Launcher 

    If you are using Windows 7 or Windows Vista, simply click Start and type task or launch into the Search box. Click on Microsoft Works Task Launcher in the list of results.

    Click the Templates button on the Task Launcher toolbar. This displays the categories of all of the available templates for all Microsoft Works programs, such as Microsoft Works Spreadsheet, Database and Calendar.

    Under Choose a Category in the left pane of the Microsoft Works Task Launcher window, click on Newsletters and Flyers. You will see that the first option in this category is Brochures. Click on the Brochures icon to view the available templates.

    Alternatively, you can select Programs from the Task Launcher toolbar and then select Word Processor under Choose a Program in the left pane. This gives you access to only the templates available for Microsoft Works Word Processor. Click on the Brochures icon to view the available templates.

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    Using the Free Brochure Templates for Microsoft Works Word Processor

    The list of available brochures opens in Preview Style. Click on an available brochure to see a larger view of a brochure template. Do not be too concerned about objects on a template, such as images or sample text as these items are easily changed. Rather, look for a brochure with a style and color scheme that you like.

    Using the Free Brochure Templates for Microsoft Works Word Processor 

    To select the brochure template you wish to use, click on it and then click Use This Style. The brochure opens as a new Microsoft Works Word Processor document. The brochure will have two pages and each page will have two or three panels, depending on the template you selected. All of the pages and panels are visible in the Word Processor window.

    If you want to change a default graphic on the free brochure templates for Microsoft Works Word Processor, click on the image to select it. Go to the Insert menu and point to picture. To use an image of your own, select From File. Browse to the photo or other graphic you want to use and click Insert. To select a clip art graphic, choose Clip Art. Browse the image categories or use a keyword to search for an image to suit your purpose. When you find the one you wish to use, click on it and click Insert.Preview Free Brochure Templates for Microsoft Works Word Processor 

    Select a sample title or heading by holding down the right mouse button and dragging the mouse over the text. Type your own heading or title directly over it. Likewise, type your brochure text over the word Text on each panel.

    When you have finished editing the template, print when you are ready. Refer to your printer's instructions on how to print a two-sided document as you may have to turn the paper over and manually reinsert it after the first side of the brochure has printed in order to print the second side on the back.

    Be sure to save your new brochure before you close Microsoft Works Word Processor.