How to Make Signs in Word

By Katelyn Kelley

Microsoft Word is a word processing program that contains multiple commands and features that can be used to create a sign. The size of the sign is limited to no larger than 22 by 22 inches due to Word's maximum parameters, and printing the sign will be limited to the paper size your printer is capable of handling, unless you want the sign printed across multiple pages. A professional printing company, however, can take your Word file and print your sign on larger mediums for you.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word to a blank page.

Step 2

Adjust the page size for your sign by clicking the File menu, then Page Setup. Choose "Custom" under Paper Size and input the size for your sign if it isn't the standard 8.5 by 11 page. For Word 2007, the page size command is located under the Page Layout tab.

Step 3

Type the text for your sign in the Word window.

Step 4

Click and drag over the text with your mouse to select it.

Step 5

Use the commands on the Formatting Palette (or the Home tab in Word 2007) to customize the font, size, style and color of the letters. For a large sign, you'll want to choose a large font size like 96-point or more. Word's maximum font size is 1,638-point.

Step 6

Click "Save" under the File menu (or Office menu in Word 2007) to save your changes as you're working.

Step 7

Click "Print" under the File menu (or Office menu in Word 2007) to print the sign when you have the text formatted the way you want. If the sign's page size is larger than the paper size your printer can hold, Word will print the sign on multiple pages you will need to tape together.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want your sign printed on something other than paper, a professional printing company can help you.