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Make one or two-sided postcards in Publisher

The key to creating postcards is picking the right template. If you are going to print your postcards on a specific manufacturer’s card stock, such as Avery 3263 with dimensions of 5.5 x 4.25 inches, then it’s a good idea to find that Avery template or a template with those exact dimensions.

To find and use specific manufacturer’s template

  1. Start Publisher and click Built-In.

  2. In the publicationtypes list, scroll down and select Postcards.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the postcard templates to find the specific manufacturer you will be using, and then find the specific card stock.
    Postcard templates for specific postcard manufacturers, such as Avery.

  4. Find the specific card stock and select it.
    Postcard template for Avery US Letter card stock.

  5. The template description, on the right hand side, will tell you how the template will print on 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
    Template description for an Avery postcard template.

  6. In the Customize section you can change the color and font schemes, and business information.
    Postcard template options for templates from

  7. Click Create and then add any pictures and text you want.

If you are making 2-sided postcards, put things for the front of the postcard on one side of the template, and put things for the back of the postcard on the other side of the template. Then, print them double-sided.

If you are making single-sided postcards, simply print them out.

Use other templates

If you want to use a template other than a manufacturer’s you need to be sure that the postcards will fit on your paper stock. A 5.5 x 8.5 inch template fits two postcards on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet of paper, and a 4.25 x 5 inch template fits four postcards on an 8.5 x 11 inch sheet.

  1. Start Publisher and type postcard in the Search online templates box, or click Built-In and scroll to select Postcards.

  2. Select the template that best meets your needs.
    Marketing postcard templates for Publisher.

  3. If you chose one of the built-in templates, you can change the color and font schemes, and business information. If you are printing two-sided, you can also customize what you want to put on side two of the postcard.
    Postcard template options for Publisher's built-in templates.

  4. Click Create and then add any images and text you want.

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