Create Your Own Certificates Quickly and Easily With a Word Template

Make your own certificates in Microsoft Word

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When you learn how to use certificate templates, you can produce professional-looking award certificates in almost no time. Microsoft Word comes with a selection of certificate templates to make the process easy.

Instructions in this article apply to Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, and Word for Office 365.

Using a Certificate Template in Word

The easiest way to make certificates in Word is to use one of Word's templates supplied for that purpose. There are templates for many occasions, and the text can be modified for your specific award or event. Here's how to create a certificate in Word.

  1. Launch Word and select New in the left pane.

    Screenshot of New tab in Word
  2. Type Certificate in the Search bar at the top of the Templates screen to filter for certificate templates.

    Screenshot of Certificate in template search box in Word
  3. Choose one of the templates and then click or press Create. In this example, World's Best Award Certificate was selected. The certificate will open as a new document.

    Screenshot of World's Best award certificate template in Word
  4. Add a custom border, if desired. Select the Design tab, choose Page Borders in the Page Background group, and select the Page Border tab. Select Custom, choose a border, and choose OK to apply the template border you selected.

    Screenshot of Borders and Shading dialog in Word
  5. Change the certificate colors by selecting a new theme. Select Colors in the Document Formatting group of the Design tab. Hover over a theme to preview how it would look and select the color theme you want to use.

    Screenshot of Colors drop-down on Word Design tab
  6. Save the changes you have made to the certificate.

Personalizing the Text

The text of the certificate is fully editable. You can change the text to say whatever you want. You can also change the font, color, and spacing of the text.

  1. In the Word document, double-click sample text to select it.

  2. Select the Home tab.

    Screenshot of selected sample text on Home tab in Word
  3. Choose a font and a font size from the drop-down menus in the Font group.

    Screenshot of Font drop-down in Word
  4. Select the Bold, Italic, or Underline buttons, if desired.

    Screenshot of Bold selected in Font group in Word
  5. Select the Font Color drop-down arrow and choose a color to apply it to the text.

    Screenshot of Font Color drop-down list in Word
  6. Type the custom text you want to use over the sample text.

    Screenshot of custom text in Word certificate template
  7. Repeat the process with every section of text on the certificate and save the file.

Making a Certificate Without a Template

You don't have to use a template to create a certificate. Microsoft opens to an 8.5 x 11 vertically oriented sheet by default, but most certificates are made in landscape orientation, so you need to make that change to get started. To make a certificate from scratch:

  1. Open a new Word document.

  2. Select the Layout tab, select Orientation in the Page Setup group, and choose Landscape from the menu.

    Screenshot of Orientation drop-down in Word
  3. Select the Design Tab and choose Page Borders in the Page Background group. The Borders and Shading dialog box will open.

    Screenshot of Page Borders in Page Background group of Word design tab
  4. On the Page Border tab, select either a Style or Art, assign a size and color and select the Box icon. Choose OK to see the result. If you need to adjust the margins, select the Options button and enter new values.

    Screenshot of Borders and Shading dialog in Word
  5. Add text boxes to the document and customize the appearance of the font styles, sizes, and colors as desired. Save the changes to your custom templates.