How to Make a Certificate in Microsoft Word – Tutorial


Certificates are essential in every organization, when you want to congratulate your workers for a job well done, sending them an email may not be enough. You need to give them something tangible that will remind them of their achievements any time they cast their glances at it. A good example of a reward or something to encourage them is a certificate. Use Ms Word to make beautiful certificate templates and you won’t have to suffer looking for someone to design them for you. All this is achievable thanks to the collection of templates provided by Word.

Word allows you to create and print certificates easily and gives you a chance to be creative. The following is a guide that should help you in creating a free certificate template in all the designs and styles you want.

> Step 1: Start Ms Word

Click on the start button at the bottom left end of the desktop. This will launch a panel on the left side, click to select the Microsoft Word option. This will open a blank Ms Word document; alternatively you can click the “New button” to on the home button to open a blank document as shown below:

start ms word

> Step 2:  Choose the Layout you Want for your Certificate

Once a new word document has been opened, Click the “Page Layout” tab on top of the window and select “Portrait” or “Landscape” orientation for your certification as shown below.

choose the layout you want for your certificate

> Step 3: Select Page Color for your Certificate

Click on the “Page Layout” tab and select “Page color” option. Then select the color you want to use while preparing your certificate.

select page color for your certificate

> Step 4: Change the Page Border and its Layout

Click on the “Page Layout” menu to select “Page Border” option. Click on the color you want and apply a color fix up to your preferred width. Lastly add a fix Art to your border or any other part you want and click “OK”.

change the page border and its layout

> Step 5: Insert WordArt

On the “Insert” tab at the top of the window, click on “WordArt” command to select the style you want in your certificate. There are many styles which you can choose from depending on your taste and preferences. When you click on a word style, a menu will be displayed. Type the mane of the organization, college name, school name etc. Then click “OK” to apply the fix, the following should guide you into achieving the perfect WordArt.

insert wordart

The drop down button on the menu should help you in selecting the right style to use on your certificate.

> Step 6: Insert WordArt Text

Select the right word text for your certificate. This might include the name of the employee, level of occupation, sex, company or organization and any other relevant information as shown in the following screenshot:

insert wordart text

> Step 7: Insert a Picture or Logo

On the insert button, click text box and the choose Alphabet quote. To fix a photo or logo, type the word “picture” instead of “Alphabet Quote”. To insert a photo or logo of the company, click on the “insert” tab and select picture button. Browse the picture you want to use and double click on it to select. You can follow this procedure to add graphics or logo.

insert a picture or logo

> Step 8: Format the Certificate

As you get closer to completing your certificate, make sure that your fonts and sizes are well formatted. Make any adjustment s that you find necessary for your certificate.

> Step 9: Save and Print

Click the office button once more then choose “Save As”. Select the folder or location in which you want to save the file and click save. Lastly select print preview on the print menu on the office button to preview the certificate.

save and print

If it is complete and well formatted, print the number of sheets you want.

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