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How To Create Printable Booklets in Microsoft Word

There are times where you’ll need to create a small booklet of literature for a company or organization, and thankfully Microsoft Word 2010 or 2013 makes the process easy. Here’s the quick guide on how to do it.

Note: These screenshots are from Word 2010 but it’s the exact same process in 2013.

Create Booklets

Open Word and select the Page Layout tab, then click on the icon in the corner of Page Setup to launch the Page Setup dialog. It’s probably best to do this before creating your document, then you’ll get a better idea of how the layout will look. However, you can make your document first then create the Booklet layout, and edit it from there.


In the Page Setup screen under Pages, change multiple pages to Book fold from the dropdown.


You might also want to change the Gutter setting under Margins from 0 to 1. Otherwise, there is a chance words will get jumbled in the binding or crease of your booklet. Also, after selecting Book Fold Word automatically changes to Landscape Orientation.


Click OK after you’ve made your adjustments, and you’ll be able to get an idea of what your booklet will look like.


Of course you will have the power of Word’s editing features so you can make you booklet as simple or complex as you want. Here we are just making a simple test booklet, added a header, and page numbers for the footer.


After you have the Booklet setup in word, you can navigate to each page, and make any edits or changes you need.


Print Booklets

Depending on the type of printer you have, hopefully you can print both sides of the document. Or, if it supports manual duplex printing, you can select that option as well. Where in our case it looks like it might be time for a printer upgrade?


You can also create booklets in Office 2003 & 2007, but of course the options and layouts are different.

Brian Burgess worked in IT for 10 years before pursuing his passion for writing. He's been a tech blogger and journalist for the past seven years, and can be found on his about me page or Google+

  • Published 10/22/10

Comments (6)

  1. Darrell

    cheers for this , well done it will be a great help.

  2. Ruth

    Any ideas? I have created and printed booklets before and it has worked out really well. Tried it with a different project, and the pictures print on the right pages, but the words end up printing on top of the previous page—the first page words end up on the last page, and the 3rd page words end up on top of the words on the second page. Any help would be appreciated.\

  3. Charlie

    Thanks so much! this was really useful for a project im doing ;)

  4. hath

    really this makes no sense

  5. Lina

    Nice explanation! thanks!!

  6. InCC

    This was great that Word can do this; but the printing is frustrating. You would think that it would print the pages one side and you could manually copy duplex; but word won’t print the entires pages out for some reason. If there is an algorithm to this then that would be very helpful. the twelve page booklets are easier to deal with then the 14 pages that is why the formula could be helpful.


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