Proceed as follows:
1. Prepare the document
Although it would seem obvious, you may not use a double-sided layout for your document. This means you should neither make landscape pages with two columns nor text frames placed side by side. While this may look on the screen like an open page from a booklet, it makes the printout as a brochure impossible. Instead, please only use a perfectly normal layout with regular pages.
In TextMaker, call up File > Page setup and checkmark the option "Mirror margins". Next, set the outer margin wider than the inner margin (rule of thumb: one-and-a-half to two times as wide):
Please leave the paper size at A4 or Letter. Don't select the desired size of the finished booklet (A5, in this case).
Remember that the pages are reduced in size by half during printout, and therefore choose suitably large font sizes, line spacing and margins for the document.
Tip: Page numbers
If you want page numbers to be printed at the outside margin of the pages, you should call up the command Format > Chapter, and put a checkmark in front of the option "Different left and right pages" in the section "Master pages":
Next, go back to the first page of your document and choose the command Insert > Footer. Then click on the button "Insert page number field" in the "Headers and Footers" toolbar:
Repeat the same operation on the second page of your document. Now you still have to right-align the page number on the odd-numbered pages of your document. So return to the first page of your document, click in the footer and select the button "Right align paragraph" in the "Format" toolbar. As a result, you should now receive a document in which the page numbers are right-aligned on odd-numbered pages and left-aligned on even-numbered pages.
2. Ready for printing!
As a first step, check if your printer driver supports brochure printing. For this, call up File > Print (Ctrl+P), click on "Setup" and look for a setting with the name "Brochure" or "Booklet":
Some printer manufacturers also offer convenient additional options, such as shifting the page margin or splitting up thick "books" into individual layers. Activate the desired settings and click on "Print" – everything else will be done automatically by your printer.
If your printer driver does not support brochure printing, the following workaround can be used: Export your document to a PDF file (File > Export as PDF). Then open this PDF file with Adobe Reader. (If you do not already have Adobe Reader on your computer, you can download it from the Adobe website without charge.) In Adobe Reader, call up File > Print, which opens up the Adobe print dialog.
Click on "Booklet" there:
A special advantage of the Adobe print dialog is its preview function. Without wasting paper, it lets you check on-screen if the result meets your expectations and, if necessary, change the settings appropriately.
Since the front and the back of each sheet must be printed for a proper brochure, a printer with an automatic duplex function is ideal. If your printer does not support duplex printing, you have to print twice. In the print window of TextMaker, first print with the options "Only odd-numbered pages" and "Reverse order". Then you take the printed stack of pages from your printer and print them once more, this time with the setting "Only even-numbered pages" – be sure to switch off the option "Reverse order".
About the author: Klaus Bailly is a former director of the Vogelsang High School in Solingen, Germany. He now lives in the port city of Lübeck where he spends part of the time of his "overactive" retirement as the ever-present SoftMaker Volunteer "Jossi", who helps users in deed and word in our discussion forum. If there is nothing to do there, he supports struggling candidates in the German version of "Who wants to be a millionaire?" by being a Phone-a-Friend lifeline. Yes, he gave the correct answer.