Create a Certificate Template in Microsoft Word
I've seen many people requesting a certificate template for Word. The heck
with that—it's too easy to make your own!
Whenever I create a certificate, I like to see what I'm doing. Go to ToolsŕOptions,
View tab and turn on Text Boundaries. As always, make sure you have your
on. Make sure you are in Page Layout view by choosing it from the View menu.
Begin with a new, blank document. From the File menu, choose Page Setup. Use
0.5" margins all the way around, and set the page orientation to Landscape.
When you set these margins, you may get the following error:
Hit Fix. You may find that it's only slightly off. For instance, my printer
changes my right margin to 0.55" instead. I can live with that, because I won't
likely have text on the far-right that could get cut off.
If I do, I'll deal with it later. So I change that margin back to 0.5" and hit
Ignore when I get the error again. If you do the same, just check carefully to
make sure your text doesn't get cut off when you print.
Hit your Zoom drop-down and choose Whole Page. If you can't find this toolbar
button, you may want to change your toolbar settings to
my recommended settings.
Immediately hit Center on your toolbar because a certificate contains mostly
centered text and objects.
Place the Logo, Seal or other graphic, the title of the certificate, and any
other text in the order that you desire.
You can use WordArt to create rounded text, as follows.
- From the Drawing toolbar, choose Insert WordArt.
- Choose a layout for your text and hit OK.
Type the name of the certificate or of your agency and hit Ok. If it's not
rounded enough, you can use the drag handles to drag down the object to
reshape it. If your object takes up a lot of the page, you may choose to cut
it and place it in the header of your document so that it's "out of the way"
while you work. The printed item will look the same. Simply cut it, hit ViewŕHeader
and Footer, and paste it.
Here, I changed the color of the font in the WordArt by right-clicking and
choosing Format WordArt. I also sent it "Behind text", and told it to center on
the page using the different format settings there. I cut it, and pasted it into
the header. Then I closed the Header/Footer toolbar.
Go ahead and type some text, decide placement for the name, etc. If you have
many certificates to create, or if you create certificates often that are all
the same type, such as Employee of the Month, you can now use the features
available for Easy
Guided Forms, and then save the document as a template.
When signatures are required, I like to use table cells so that I can have
lines on which people can sign there name, and when you type the name, the
underscores don't have to be fixed.
So, insert a 3-column, 2-row table. Go to TableProperties. Set the table's
width to 75% (type the 75 into the box and it'll automatically change to
Percent), and center the table.
Select the whole table, and remove the border lines.
Click in the top-left and top-right cells and hit the Bottom Border button.
In the cells beneath, type the signers' names. If you want to add titles for
the signers, just hit tab and type their titles beneath. Do a print preview.
You can use a page border or you can have a fancy border using
Clipart. But that's another article.
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