How to Make Your Own "WOW" Achievement Certificates

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How to Make Your Own "WOW" Achievement Certificates
Making your own "WOW" achievment certificate in Microsoft Word is easy with templates. (Blank award certificate form image by Stasys Eidiejus from

Achievement certificates are used in variety of situations, not all of which can be thought of ahead of time and purchased. This is when making your own comes in handy. Making your own certificate to express a truly "wow" moment can be done quickly and easily using Microsoft Word and can be just as easily customised to suit a wide variety of situations.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Microsoft Word
  • Colour printer

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    Start your computer and load Microsoft Word. It doesn't matter if the computer is yours or one you're using at another location. Making a certificate and printing it can be done in one sitting as long as you have a printer connected to the computer.

  2. 2

    Click the File icon and then choose New. In both versions of Microsoft Word, the file icon is located in the upper left part of the Word screen, slightly above the menu ribbon.

  3. 3

    Move the cursor down to the Certificates template. When you start a new document in Word, a new document window opens and displays three panes. The pane on the left displays all the template categories available. The centre pane displays all the templates available for a highlighted category. The pane on the right displays an example of the highlighted template.

    A template in Word is a document that has been preformatted to look a certain way, such as an award certificate. To use a template in Word, a user selects it from a list of templates, then types in information in predefined fields to customise the form.

  4. 4

    Select a template. Choose the "Academic award certificate" template heading in the centre pane from the list of template categories, then scroll down through the templates until you get to the one that says "Certificate of achievement." Choose it by double clicking anywhere on the highlighted image.

  5. 5

    Fill in the pertinent information. Choosing a template causes Word to open a new Word document with the template information on it. Click where the words "Insert NAME here" appear. The text box that holds the words "Insert NAME here" will be highlighted. Delete those words and type in the name of the person who is to be honoured. Next, click where the words "Insert SUBJECT here" are shown. Delete those words and type the words that apply to your situation. Do the same where it says "Insert SCHOOL/CLASSNAME here."

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    Save your certificate. Click the File icon again, but this time select the Save As option. Word will bring up the file manager tool that you can use to move to the directory where you wish to save your document.

  7. 7

    Print your certificate. Click the File Icon once more, this time choosing the Print option. Click OK to print your certificate.

Tips and warnings

  • To get the best certificate for your situation, browse through all of the available templates.
  • All templates can be modified to suit your particular tastes.
  • Be sure to save your certificate in a place where you can find it again or it might get lost.
  • Be sure to have someone else proofread your certificate for spelling before presenting it.

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