How do I create
in Microsoft Word?
Many will tell you can’t - well in fact you can.
These basic instructions are for
You may have to adapt them for other versions.
Let’s assume you want an A4 document and you want images to go right to the edge of the
From what we read earlier, we now know that we have to extend these images off the edge of
the page so when guillotined down, we end up with a nice clean edge with no white border
In Microsoft Word, the only way to do this is to make the sheet bigger than A4 to included the
Open up a new document - A4.
In the Page Layout Tab; Size > More Paper Sizes
Change the width to 216mm (21.6cm) and the height to 303mm (30.3cm).
Press OK and you’ve now got a sheet that’s 3mm bigger than A4 on all 4 edges.
So, you’ve now got room for the
Now we need to set the ‘Safe Area’. The area within which we should put all text and other
important data so it doesn’t go too close to the edge of the sheet and run the risk of being cut
So in the Page Layout > Margins > Custom Margins, change all 4 margins to 1.0cm. Press OK
and ‘Ignore’ any warning messages about margins being outside of the printable area.
Now, go to the View tab and make sure ‘Gridlines’ is checked.
(Note. The gridlines won’t print so don’t worry).
You’re now ready to start designing.
Any important text or data should be kept inside the gridlines but images that you want to print
right to the edge of the sheet need to ‘kiss’ the very edge of the document.
This means that if you want to place images on the page that need to
, just drag them to
the edge of the sheet. Remember that we’ll cut about 3mm off.
When you have finished your design you need to create a PDF.