Programs often serve as the first point of reference for event guests. A good program summarizes the event effectively while engaging the reader. Programs typically come in brochure format, but the length, design and materials can vary depending on the event and your own preferences. Creating a template will save you time and provide a strong foundation for future projects. Program templates can be easily and quickly created on Microsoft Word.
Fold a sheet of paper in thirds. Holding the paper lengthwise, tuck the right panel into the center and fold the left panel over it. Use this template to sketch and write a rough draft of your program.
Open Microsoft Word. Select "New" from the "File" tab. Browse the list of templates for the "General event program" option. If it is not listed, download it through the Office Online feature.
Highlight the generic title on the first page on the top right of the template. Browse the toolbar to select a font type, size and color. Experiment until you find a satisfactory style for the title.
Click the picture provided with the first page. You can choose to delete it and replace it with a picture of your choosing or leave the space blank. Click the page border and select a new color and style for it.
Move on to the other pages. Adjust the font type, color and design to match the first page. Maintain a consistent layout.
Place your business logo and/or contact information on the last page. Use this for every program made with this template.
Print the template. On the print screen, click "Properties" and select "Landscape." Look for a tab allowing you to print on the front and back of a sheet. Print the template on two sheets and fold accordingly if the feature is not available. Or take your template to a professional printing service for double-sided prints.
Use a printing service to publish mass copies of your program. Most likely you'll want to use something other than office paper for your programs. Inquire about the materials available.
This guide uses Microsoft Word because it's accessible on most computers. However, Microsoft Publisher is better geared toward creating layouts and designs. If you have access to Publisher, follow the on-screen instructions to begin creating your template.
Patricio Chile has been writing for print and online publications since 2007. His articles have appeared in "Third Sector Magazine," TheCityFix.com and the university newspaper "The Eagle." Chile graduated from American University in 2009 with a Bachelor of Arts in journalism and political science.