How to Make a Nameplate

By Foye Robinson

Name plates or table tents are used to help identify attendees at luncheons, meetings, conventions and other functions. They are placed on the table where attendees are seated. Nameplates may include the person's name, title, company name and logo. The content should appear on both sides of the name plate, making it easy for people to find their seats from either direction. Using Microsoft Word, you can make name plates for your next meeting or gathering.

Things You'll Need

  • Cardstock (8½ X 11)
  • Microsoft Word

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word and go to "File," then "Page Setup." In the "Margin" tab, select "Landscape" for the orientation.

Step 2

Change the top margin to 5.5 inches. Increase it if you need to once your text is typed in.

Step 3

Change the bottom, left and right margins to 0 inches and select "OK." Click on "Ignore" at the error message.

Step 4

Enter the content for the name plate, starting with the person's name. On separate lines below the name, add the title and company name.

Step 5

Highlight the entire text and click the center alignment icon in the toolbar. Use a large sans-serif font such as Arial, Tahoma or Verdana. The font should be large and clear so attendees can read the names from a distance. Enlarge and bold the name so it stands out from the remaining text.

Step 6

Preview your name plate by selecting "File," then "Print Preview." Don't forget to save your work.

Step 7

Set the cardstock in the printer feed tray and print out a copy.

Step 8

Rotate the paper 180 degrees and place it back in the feed tray to print the facing side of the name plate.

Step 9

Fold the name plate in half so it displays the content on both sides. Check that the text is facing the correct direction on both sides when it's placed on the table. Congratulations! Your name plate is ready to go!

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are using software other than Microsoft Word, the process is the same but the toolbar and menu items may vary slightly. Consult your software manual for directions to adjust margins, orientation and font size.

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