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How to make a 1/4-page folded greeting card in WordPerfect using subdivided pages

WordPerfect 8 shipped with a Greeting Card project template, but it may be missing in later versions. Here's a good substitute.

NOTE: WordPerfect 10 templates (including a greeting card template) can be downloaded from Corel's FTP site. WordPerfect 11+ versions shipped with a greeting card template. (However, WP12's was broken up to at least version To use these Projects in a more recent version of WP, see "Using older WordPerfect Projects..."


Menu choices (below) refer to the <WordPerfect> menu (right-click on the top menu bar for a choice of menus).

If you use a <Microsoft Word> menu, the choices might be absent from your menu (but not from the program), or they might be found under another menu selection. If the menu choices or toolbars discussed below seem to be missing from your program, see here.

Step 1.

Open a new, blank document. Begin by subdividing the page:

•  Click on Format, Page, Page Setup, and click the <Layout tab>.
[In WordPerfect 8, click the <Divide Page tab>.]

•  Then set "Divide Page" to 2 columns and 2 rows. (Divide Page is a separate button in WP9.) This allows subdividing a physical page into 4 "logical" pages.

•  Click OK to return to the document, which will now be smaller (1/4 page) in size.

Step 2. 

Set new page margins with Format, Margins. (Example: Set all 4 pages to Minimum margins.) 

Step 3.

The first thing to do at this point is use <Ctrl+Enter> (or click on Insert, New Page) while the cursor is inside each logical page to add a hard page break and expand the logical pages to show all 4 pages on screen, like the example below.

Basically, if you start with the cursor in page #1 just press <Ctrl+Enter> three times.

You then should have 1 physical page -- a standard sheet of paper in your printer -- divided into 4 logical pages or subdivisions as in this example:

 1  2



Numbers indicate the page number shown on WordPerfect's status bar. The "Hello!" page above is typically the face or front of the greeting card.

Step 4.

Next, to edit a section of the card and add material to it, click inside the appropriate logical page with your mouse to place your cursor in it.

Then either

(A) enter some text


(B) click Insert, Text Box to create a text box on that page (see below for more information).

Notes and tips -

•  For the greeting card's main (or face) page -- the first page your recipient will see (usually, page #4 above) -- a text box is optional, but it gives you an easy way to add a fill pattern or border to the box to set off your text.

Optional: You can also -
◦ insert a graphic image or photo on the page with Insert, Graphics/Pictures;
add a watermark with Insert, Watermark;

•  You will definitely need a text box for the card's inside page (usually, page #1 above), so that the box's contents can be rotated 180 degrees, as explained below. This will display the inside page's contents in the same orientation as the card's face page once the page is folded (see below).

•  Other pages: In the above format, page #2 will be inside the card (on the left side) and page #3 will become the back of the card (and you could add some "identifier" text such as "Hand made by your best friend").

•  To visualize the end result, write the above numbers on one side of a blank piece of paper. Fold it in half horizontally with the face page (
"Hello") visible at bottom right, then fold vertically -- again keeping the face page toward you.

When you create a Text Box (with Insert, Text Box) -

•  On your screen, notice that the new box appears floating on the page with your cursor in it, ready for editing. The box has a hatched border (/////) when it is ready for editing.

•  You can enter some text now to help you visualize the effect (suggestion: "This is a text box") or later, after the box is rotated (if it is rotated).

Then -

•  Click anywhere outside the box to exit from editing it. The box border becomes a solid line.

•  Right-click on the box to bring up the context menu and set the the Position to Page. Click OK.

•  Right-click on the box again to set the Size: Set the Width to Full and Height to Full. Click OK.

Alternative: Instead of right-clicking to set the Size, you can drag the box borders to the desired size and position on the page.

•  Right-click and set the Border/Fill to <none> if no border is desired. (No border is indicated in the Box Border/Fill dialog with an "empty" icon in "Available border styles". Click it to select it.) Click OK.

•  For a rotated box, right-click on the box and set the Content to 180 degrees (you might also want to set the Content's vertical position to Centered or Bottom, since any text will now be rotated 180 degrees and "bottom" becomes "top" on the folded card). Click OK.

•  Left-click inside the box to edit it -- you will then be inside a full-size screen titled "(Text Box Editor)" -- and add your text if you have not already done so.

•  When you have finished adding the contents to the box, close the Text Box Editor with File, Close -- or use the property bar's Close icon -- and return to the document.

Step 5.

Click inside any of the other sections to add desired material.

Print the completed page, then fold the top half over horizontally, keeping the face page ("Hello!") visible at bottom right. Then fold it in half vertically, again keeping the face page toward you.