Create a Certificate Template in Microsoft Word
1. Make sure you are in Print Layout view by choosing it from the View menu.
2. Begin with a new, blank document.
3. From the File menu, choose Page Setup. Use 0.5" margins all the way around,
and set the page orientation to Landscape.
4. When you set these margins, you may get the following error:
5. Just click Ignore and you will likely be fine.
6. Change zoom to page width
Immediately hit Center on your toolbar because a certificate contains mostly centered
text and objects.
You can use WordArt to create curved or straight title, as follows.
1. From the Drawing toolbar, choose Insert WordArt.
2. Choose a layout for your text and hit OK.
3. Type the title of the certificate and hit OK.
4. Click on the WordArt to select it.
5. If it's not rounded enough, you can use the drag handles to drag down the object
to reshape it.
6. You can change the color of the font by right‐clicking the WordArt and choosing
7. You should send it "Behind text", and center on the page horizontally using the
different format settings there. Right‐click> Format WordArt> Layout
Decide placement for the name, etc., and double‐click where you want your text to start.
Go ahead and type your text. You may want to change the font style and size for
different effects. It is possible that you might need to use a text box sometimes.
When signatures are required use table cells so that you can have lines on which people
can sign their name, and cells below the lines to type their name or title.
1. Double‐click where you want to insert the table and set your font to 14.
2. Go to Table > Insert > Table and make it a 3‐column, 3‐row table.
3. Right‐click inside the table and go to Table Properties. Set the table's width to
75% (type the 75 into the box and it'll automatically change to Percent), and
center the table.
4. Select the whole table, and remove the border lines.
5. Click in the top‐left and top‐right cells and hit the Bottom Border button.
6. In the cells beneath the lines, type the signers' names. If you want to add titles
for the signers, just hit tab and type their titles beneath. Do a print preview and
move things around if needed.
I. Ben Bitten G. I. Lucky
Go to Format > Borders and
Shading > Page Borders
Be creative and make an
interesting and appropriate border
for your certificate.
Clip Art or Pictures
1. Go to Insert > Clip Art and
find something appropriate> click insert
2. Right‐click on the clip art
3. Make creative choices to enhance your award
4. Use the picture toolbar to adjust your object
5. Try making a watermark
Some people find that Text
Boxes work better when
creating certificates and
awards. Text boxes allow you
to move bits and pieces of
information around the page
easily. Look at the text boxes
in this template. Note the
lines that were drawn using
the drawing tools found on
the Drawing Toolbar. See if
you can replace your
signatures section of the
template by drawing lines and
Sometimes you will have certificates that
only need the blanks filled in. Use
textboxes in Word and move them
around to fit on the existing lines. Trial &
error and precise measuring will get you
what you want. Place textboxes where
you think they should go and print a test.
Hold it up to the light with the award
sheet and you can see what you need to
move. Double‐click on a textbox to
remove the border and the fill.
Download certificate templates from the web:
1. File> New > Templates on Office Online ‐ This is the Microsoft Site – you can find
others by searching.
2. Browse and explore
3. Pick one and download
Remember, you are using Word 2003
This site contains templates for Word and PowerPoint. PowerPoint is also a good
program to use when creating awards and certificates.
You may want to Download the Compatibility Pack from Microsoft (file format
converter). It will let you open Word 2007 documents and open them in Word 2003.
Microsoft Office Templates
1. Open Microsoft Word. In the Question Window, type “certificate templates”,
2. Click on any of the certificates that appear in the Task Pane on the right.
3. Click Template Categories
4. Select Award Certificates
5. Scroll down through the certificates to find your choice. (Make sure you do not
choose one for 2007 unless you have Office 2007 installed on your computer.)
You will notice that some use PowerPoint and some use Word.
6. Click on certificate you want, then click on “download”
7. Once you have downloaded the certificate, you may click on it to make changes in
the template. Notice the selected areas that can be changed on the certificate below.
8. When you have finished your changes, click File, Save As, and save to the folder of
your choice. If saving to the default template site, click Document Template from the
drop down menu (“Save as Type”). That will save your certificate to the:
Documents & Settings
You might also want to save to a folder on
the desktop or in My documents if down‐
loading several certificates at one time.
Try these websites for free certificates: