If you’re short on time and need business cards right away, try making them in Microsoft Word. You can print the cards directly on your printer or take them to your local printer.
It’s easier if you have business card paper on hand, but it’s not a requirement. You can always get it later. Avery has a great selection of papers I often use for labels, business cards, table tents, divider tabs and more.
A company logo is also a nice addition. It ties your business card together and adds a professional touch.
On the other hand, if you don’t have an existing logo, Word has a clip art collection you can use as well.
Creating Business Cards Without a Logo in Microsoft Word
Step 1. Click the “Mailings” tab and select “Labels” from the “Create” group. This takes you to the “Labels” tab within the Envelopes and Labels dialog box.
Step 2. Click the “Options” button to display the Label Options dialog box.
Step 3. Select the type of business card paper you’re using, such as:
Label vendors: Avery US Letter
Product number: 27871 Business Cards
The business card option should be somewhere on the box you purchased.
Step 4. Click “OK” to return to the previous screen.
Step 5. Click inside the “Address” box and type your business details.
Step 6. Highlight any information you want to format and right-click over the selection. Choose “Font” from the pop-up. The Font dialog box appears.
Step 7. Select the font, font style, size and color you want to apply and click “OK.”
Step 8. Click “New Document” to add the business card to your page and review it.
Creating Business Cards With a Logo
Step 1. Follow Steps 1-4 from the previous section to choose your business card size.
Step 2. Click “New Document” in the Envelopes and Labels dialog box to create a blank template for your business cards.
Step 3. Type the details of your business card into the first box or cell. This will hold the details of your first card.
Step 4. Highlight any text you want to format. Customize its font, size, style and color under the “Home” tab and “Font” group.
Step 5. To add a logo to the business card, select the “Insert” tab and go to the “Illustrations” group. Click “Picture” to add an existing image and double-click the one you want to use.
To use clip art for your logo, click the “Insert” tab and go to the “Illustrations” group. Then click “Clip Art.” Go to the Clip Art task pane on the right and type a search term under “Search form.” Click “Go” to pull up the matching results. Select the clip art you want to add.
Step 6. To format the image or clip art, select it on your page. Click the “Format” tab under “Picture Tools.” Select “Wrap Text” under “Arrange.” Choose “Tight” and drag the image where you’d like it on your card.
Step 7. Highlight the text and image within the cell, then copy it (CTRL + C). Press the “Tab” key to jump to the next cell and paste (CTRL + V) your content. Paste your content to the remaining cells as well.
Changing the Background of Your Business Cards
You can also change the background of your business cards to make them stand out a bit.
Step 1. Click the “Page Layout” tab and go to the “Page Background” group. Select “Page Color” and “Fill Effects.” The Fill Effects dialog box opens.
Step 2. Customize the fill effects options to your taste and click “OK.”
Instructing Microsoft Word to Print the Background
Step 1. Click the Customize Quick Access Toolbar button and select “More Commands.”
Step 2. Select the “Display” tab in the Word Options dialog box.
Step 3. Check “Print background colors and images” under “Printing Options.” Click “OK.”
The settings will allow your background to print with the business card.