How to Make Business Cards With Microsoft Word

By Aksana Nikolai

You may be missing important opportunities by not carrying business cards with you. Giving out your card at meetings, networking meet-ups and other events can be an important first step in getting new clients and customers. If you do not have the budget for professionally-made business cards, you can make them yourself using Microsoft Word, which lets you access a number of Avery-brand templates for free. After choosing a template, customize your cards' fonts, colors and graphics.

Things You'll Need

  • Avery-brand card stock

Step 1

Launch Word, click the "Mailings" tab and choose "Labels" to open the “Envelopes and Labels” dialog box.

Step 2

Click on the “Labels” tab, then click the “Options” button.

Step 3

Click on the “Label Vendor” drop-down menu and select “Avery US Letter.”

Step 4

Select the card stock type on which you will print the cards from the “Product Number” list. The specs of the card stock type you selected appear under the “Label Information” heading.

Step 5

Click “OK” to return to the Labels tab, then enter the text you want to appear on the business card into the “Address” field.

Step 6

Click the "Insert" tab and select “Picture,” “Clip Art,” “Shapes” or “SmartArt" to add graphics to your business card. Click on a graphic and drag one of its corners to resize it. Click the "Home" tab and use the Font menu to edit font style, size and color. Click the "File" menu and select “Print” once you are ready to print.

Step 7

Press the “Print” button if you are ready to print the cards immediately. To preview the cards and make changes, click the “New Document” button to have Word open a new document displaying the cards.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you do not see your card stock in the list of available options, download a blank template from the Avery's template gallery (link in Resources). Click on either “Blank” or “Pre-designed” under “Template Types” in the navigation pane. Compatible product numbers are listed under each template; select a template compatible with your card stock by clicking on it. Click “Download template" and save it on the desired directory on your computer, then open the template file in a new Word document and navigate to the “Labels” tab.