Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Booklet Printing in Word.

Booklet Printing in Word

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 27, 2017)


Printing booklets is a common task that many users want to accomplish. The best way to create a booklet depends on the version of Word you are using. If you are using Word 2002 or Word 2003, then you are in luck—Word includes built-in capabilities to print booklets. Follow these steps to set up your document as a booklet:

  1. Choose Page Setup from the File menu. Word displays the Page Setup dialog box.
  2. Make sure the Margins tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Margins tab of the Page Setup dialog box.

  4. Using the Multiple Pages drop-down list, choose Book Fold. Word changes the page orientation to landscape, if necessary.
  5. In the Margins area of the dialog box, make sure the margins are set appropriately for your document.
  6. Click OK. The text in your document is reformatted to fit within the page layout you just specified.

When you print your document, you should choose to print two-sided if you have a printer that will automatically duplex. If not, you should choose the Manual Duplex check box in the Print dialog box, and then feed the pages through the printer twice.

In earlier versions of Word (Word 97 and Word 2000), your best bet may be to use a third-party program that produces booklets. A few programs suggested by WordTips readers include the following:

Regardless of the version of Word you have, you may be able to print booklets by using the capabilities of your printer. Some printers will handle booklet printing automatically. Refer to your printer manual, or do some searching through the printer driver settings (select your printer in the Print dialog box and then click Properties) to find more information.

You can also find a good discussion on booklet printing at this Web page:

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (3927) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Booklet Printing in Word.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He  is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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What is two less than 3?

2017-03-28 06:50:28


This was a super tip. Thanks so much :)

2017-03-04 11:41:05


What are the best desk-top printers for doing a lot of booklet printing? What features are necessary?

2017-01-11 19:03:03


I am printing an 8 page booklet. Page 7 is printing over page 2. Any one else have this type of problem? Any suggestions to fix this?

2016-12-15 01:19:46


Im trying to print out just one face of the booklet, i have 16 pages and im trying to print page 2 and 15 in just one side of a paper. print selected page is disabled from the print menu... any suggestions?

2016-10-21 05:19:32


The procedure works out very well but on printing the last even page acts a back cover page

2016-10-01 15:24:43


Printing the booklet is fine (apart from sheets going through at angles therefore they can't be used - and printing those pages off independently seems to be impossible - or too many sheets go through at once meaning pages don't match up). My printer won't duplex so I have to put the sheets through a second time and if sheets get damaged or two sheets go through at once as above, the booklet is ruined. The thing is that the first booklet to be printed is desperatately slow. If I program to print more copies than just one at a time, the second and subsequent copies go through very quickly which is OK but there's greater scope for damaged pages etc as above. I'd like to just print one at a time but since I have to hold onto the sheets on the second run to stop two going through at the same time, it's excruciatingly slow. It would take all evening to print just say 10 boolkets. Is there a way to make the first booklet print at a fast speed? My pinter is old. An HP Laserjet 4100n.

2016-07-24 16:40:42


Terrific! Thank you!!!!

2016-04-17 20:10:22


This tells me all that I need to know except how to number the pages. I want my page numbers on the bottom in the center and the first page to be number 1. So how do I number the pages on a booklet that I have already started?

2016-01-29 10:27:34

Carmel Hogan

I have tried all of this, put my booklet still appears as A4 instead of A5. I have taken out all the fancy finishing and it still hasn't worked. Very frustrating. Had to resort to using a booklet I produced about four years ago using Word 2003 and cut/paste the text into that format. Worked perfectly once the paper was "flipped on short edge" without a single other glitch.

2015-09-06 10:23:35


I have done everything but after printing the booklet, the pages do not match when I place one sheet in the other. Any help please?

2015-08-11 12:50:01


I am trying to make the booklet and it keeps giving me an error message about my margins. HELP!

2015-06-01 02:14:31


Hi! My printer jammed during my duplex printing, how can i print specific pages then? thanks!

2015-05-20 20:42:32


I'm using Microsoft Word to create a booklet and having problems printing.
For some reason it won't print the whole document. Help.

2015-04-10 09:33:19


I want to know how to print booklet in Microsoft Office Word 2010

2015-02-18 23:10:24


Hi, I'm using Word for Mac 2011 and in page set up, I don't have the Option for Multiple Pages. Please help

2014-12-08 09:01:46

Akemambo James


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