How to Make a Mini Book Off of Word 2007

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The personal computer and printer have given any author who wants it the ability to produce his or her own minibooks. Software giant Microsoft has contributed to the convenience with its 2007 version of the world's most-used word processing software, Word. By first setting up the formatting in Word properly, you can type and print your own minibooks.

Things You'll Need

  • Computer with Microsoft Word 2007 software
  • Printer
  • Paper
  • Stapler
  • Launch the Word software and open a new document. Click on the ribbon at the top of the screen labeled "Page Layout."

  • Select the icon labeled "Margins," and then from the window of choices that appear, select "Custom Margins" at the bottom. A Page Setup window appears. Click on the arrow in the center of the window labeled "Multiple Pages" and find a drop-down menu.

  • Choose "Book Fold" from this drop-down menu. Also adjust the margins to your liking in this window.

  • Decide on a value for the gutter margin. Gutter margin is defined as the space between the margins on the two facing pages of your minibook. This value needs to be larger for a book with a binding that uses up some of the space in between facing pages than for a simple staple binding.

  • Type in the copy for your minibook and add graphics in the usual way. Word 2007 makes the appropriate adjustments so that copy and graphics fit nicely in your minibook format. Click on the Office button on the upper left hand corner, then on "Print" and "Print Preview" to get a view of how everything will look. Make any changes necessary, and print once you are satisfied.

  • Arrange the pages so that they are in the proper order and orientation. Fold the pieces of paper exactly down the middle of the facing pages to form your minibook. Turn the entire book face down, and put two staples in the fold to serve as your binding.

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