How to Make Signs With Microsoft Word

By Tricia Goss

Whether you need a sign for your business, your classroom or your home or some other purpose, you can use Microsoft Word to create one to suit your requirements. You can use a pre-made sign template and adjust it to fit your purpose or create a custom sign from a blank Word document, to which you can add a border, images and more.

Things You'll Need

  • Word 2003 or 2007

Make a Sign from a Template

Step 1

Start Microsoft Word. Go to the "File" menu in Word 2003 and select "New." Click the "Microsoft Office" button in Word 2007 and select "New."

Step 2

Type "sign" into the "Microsoft Online" option under "Templates." Press the "Enter" key.

Step 3

Click on a sign template to preview it. Click "Download" to download the template as a new Word document.

Step 4

Right-click an image on the sign and select "Change Picture" to change it. Choose "From File" to insert an image from your computer. Choose "Clip Art" to select a clip art picture.

Step 5

Select any sample text in a sign if you want to change it. Type over the selected text. Save and print the sign when you are finished.

Make a Custom Sign

Step 1

Open a new, blank Word document. Change the page orientation to "Landscape." Go to the "File" menu in Word 2003 and select "Page Setup." Go to the "Margins" tab of the "Page Setup" dialog box. Select "Landscape" under "Orientation. Go to the "Page Layout" tab of the ribbon in Word 2007. Click "Orientation" in the "Page Setup" group and select "Landscape."

Step 2

Add a border around the page. Go to the "Format" menu in Word 2003 and select "Borders and Shading." Go to the "Page Borders" tab of the dialog box. Go to the "Page Layout" tab in Word 2007 and click "Page Borders" in the "Page Background" group to open the "Borders and Shading" dialog box with the "Page Borders" tab selected.

Step 3

Select any option besides "None" under "Setting." Choose a border style, color and width. Select an option in the "Border Art" list if you would rather have a more decorative page border. Click "OK" to apply the border to the entire sign.

Step 4

Click the "Center" button on the "Formatting" toolbar in Word 2003 so that the sign text is centered. Go to the "Home" tab in Word 2007 and click "Center" in the "Paragraph" group. Select a font style and size on the "Formatting" toolbar in Word 2003 or the "Font" group of the "Home" tab in Word 2007. Type the text you want on your sign.

Step 5

Insert a picture into the sign, if desired. Click on the sign where you want to insert the picture. Go to the "Insert" menu in Word 2003. Point to "Picture" and click "From File" for a picture on your computer or "Clip Art" to use a clip art image. Go to the "Insert" tab in Word 2007 and click "Picture" or "Clip Art" in the "Illustrations" group. Select the picture you want to use and click "Insert." Save and print your sign when ready.