Microsoft Word - Use Printed Stationery In A Variety Of Ways (Word 97/2000/2001/2002)

If you've received printed stationery as a gift, but you aren't the letter-writing type, don't let it go to waste. By getting creative with Word, you'll be able to find plenty of other ways to use it. For instance, you can use your stationery for printed invitations and thank-you cards, grocery and to-do lists, recipes, calendars, and much more.

To use your stationery repeatedly with Word, create a custom template that matches its dimensions. To do so:

  • Click the New Blank Document button on the Standard toolbar to create a new document
  • Choose File | Page Setup
  • Click on the Paper tab (Paper Size tab in Word 97)
  • Choose the appropriate setting from the Paper Size dropdown list, or change the Width and Height settings, as applicable. (On the Mac, choose Microsoft Word from the commands list to access these options.)
  • To make sure Word doesn't print over your stationery's decorative borders. With the Page Setup dialog box still open
  • Click on the Margins tab
  • Change the available settings as appropriate, and then click OK

If your stationery contains other images you don't want Word to print over, you can add a placeholder to your template that "reserves" the space.

  • First, measure the image's width and height
  • Choose Insert | Text Box and click on the Colors And Lines tab
  • Choose No Fill from the Color dropdown list in the Fill panel
  • Choose No Line from the Color dropdown list in the Line panel. (This prevents the text box from being visible in print.)
  • Click on the Size tab, and then change the Height and Width settings to match the height and width of the stationery's image.
  • Now, use the options on the Layout property sheet (Wrapping and Position sheets in Word 97) to specify the desired text-wrapping and positioning settings.
  • Click OK to return to your template, and then fine-tune the text box's position as necessary.

To easily distinguish the areas in your template that can support text:

  • Choose View | Print Layout (Page Layout in Word 97/2001)
  • Choose Tools | Options (Edit | Preferences on the Mac)
  • Click on the View tab
  • Select the Text Boundaries check box
  • Click OK

After you've completed your template's design:

  • Choose File | Save As
  • Select Document Template from the Save As Type dropdown list
  • Add a name for the template in the File Name text box
  • Click Save

To create a new document based on your custom template, use the File | New command.

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