How to Make Certificates with Microsoft Word

By Francine Richards

Microsoft Office Word is a word processing application that can be used to create a variety of documents including certificates. Word 2007 is the current version of the software and contains what is known as the "ribbon", a series of commands across the top of the page. Creating certificates in Word can be completed in a few short steps using a template or a blank document.

Things You'll Need

  • Microsoft Word
  • Certificate details

Using a Template

Step 1

Open Word 2007 and click the "Office Button" and select "New." This will bring you to the new document dialogue box.

Step 2

Select a certificate template from the left pane. Choose a template by clicking either the group called "Award Certificates" or "Gift Certificates" depending on which type of certificate you are creating. For a larger selection of templates visit Microsoft's online template gallery to download templates.

Step 3

Select the template you wish to use for your certificate by highlighting it and clicking the "Download" button. Your template will open as a new document.

Step 4

Customize your certificate by clicking each text box and adding in your own text. Each box has preset controls which will allow for a uniform look to your certificate. You may still customize text box formatting such as color from the "Home" and "Format" tabs on the ribbon.

Step 5

Save and print your document. To save, select the "Office Button" and "Save" and title your document. Print your certificate by selecting the "Office Button" and "Print." You may want to consider using heavier stock or colored paper for added effect.

Creating from a Blank Document

Step 1

Open Word 2007 and click the "Office Button" and select "New." This will bring you to the new document dialogue box. Select "Blank Document" and the "Create" button. A new blank document will open.

Step 2

Format the page layout. Click "Page Layout" from the ribbon and click "Orientation." As most certificates are in landscape, select "Landscape" as your document's orientation.

Step 3

Add a page border by selecting "Page Borders" and on the page border tab, choose the details of your border and click "OK".

Step 4

Add text and graphics to your certificate. You can start typing and formatting as you would any Word document or for added style navigate to "Insert" from the ribbon and select "Word Art." Select a style and format font size. To add graphics from "Insert" select "Clip Art" or "Picture" and select the graphics to insert.

Step 5

Adjust the placement of your text and graphics. Customize any wording and follow the same procedures from under the "Using at Template" section to save and print your certificate.