How to Make a Certificate Template on a Windows Computer
- 1). Go to “Start,” click “All Programs” and open Microsoft Word.
- 2). Click the “Page Layout” tab to set the page orientation. Click the “Orientation” button in the “Page Setup” pane and select the “Landscape” option. If you want to create a certificate template in portrait mode, skip this step. Click the “Home” tab after setting the page orientation.
- 3). Click the “Center” button in the “Paragraph” pane. Most certificates include centered text and objects.
- 4). Enter a title for the certificate, such as Certificate of Completion, Certificate of Appreciation, Certificate of Excellence or Employee of the Month. Experiment with different font styles and font sizes by using the toolbar buttons in the “Font” pane. The majority of certificate templates include titles that have large font sizes, ranging from 36 to 60.
- 5). Press “Enter” twice on your keyboard to create a small space between the title and the next section of the certificate. Decrease the font to a smaller point size, ranging from 28 to 36.
- 6). Enter your preferred subtitle, such as “This certificate is presented to,” “This certifies that” or “Awarded to.”
- 7). Press “Enter” on your keyboard, then type “[Name].” Each time you use the template, you can replace the “[Name]” field with the recipient’s name.
- 8). Move down approximately one or two lines and decrease the font size to the same font size you used to create the award introduction in step six.
- 9). Enter your preferred subtitle, which includes the achievement information. For example, an Employee of the Month certificate may include a subtitle that reads “For being an outstanding employee at [name of business].”
Move down one line and enter a date field, such as “Awarded this [day] of [month], 2001.”
Move down approximately two lines and click the “Align Text Left” button on the toolbar.
Click the “Insert” tab, then click the “Signature line” button in the “Text” pane. Enter the signer’s name and title in the appropriate fields and click “OK.” The signer’s signature line will be inserted in the bottom left corner of the page.
Press the “Tab” key twice. This will create space between the signer’s signature line and the recipient’s signature line.
Click the “Signature line” button in the “Text” pane. Leave each field blank and click “OK.” The recipient’s signature line will be inserted in the bottom left corner of the page and in the bottom right corner of the screen.
Click the “File” tab and select “Save As.” Enter a name for the certificate template, select a destination folder and click “Save.”