How to Create a Certificate Border in PowerPoint

Written by filonia lechat
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PowerPoint may be associated with digital presentations and bullet-after-bullet on slide-after-slide, but the Microsoft Office Suite software comes with a wide range of tools that actually have nothing to do with text. Artistic tools that may stand on their own and help add design elements to a PowerPoint presentation, such as creating certificate borders. Design certificate borders in PowerPoint, then print out and use to reward audience members at your next presentation.

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    Open PowerPoint. The software automatically places a single slide on the main work area, designed to fit a standard 11-inch by 8.5-inch page. If this size is not suitable for the intended certificate, click the "Design" tab, click the "Page Setup" button and choose a new certificate size.

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    Click once on the "Click to add title" text box and press the "Delete" key. Click once on the "Click to add subtitle" text box and press the "Delete" key. Note: This step is optional. These text boxes won't show up on the certificate border, but they may be distracting in the design process.

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    Click the rectangle shape in the "Drawing" section of the ribbon below the "Home" tab. The cursor changes to a plus symbol.

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    Position the cursor near the top-left corner of the certificate page/slide, but make sure to stay on the white slide workspace and not the grey PowerPoint background. Press and hold down the left mouse button and drag down to the bottom right corner of the slide. Release the left mouse button. The rectangle appears, but fills in instead of becoming a border.

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    Click the new orange "Drawing Tools" tab that appears at the top of the workspace. Click the "Shape Fill" menu in the middle of the ribbon and select "No Fill." The fill is removed and you have the beginnings of the certificate border, but a very plain one.

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    Click the "Shape Outline" menu below the "Shape Fill" menu. Click one of the small coloured squares to change the certificate border colour.

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    Hover the mouse over the "Weight" line and select "More Lines" from the flyout menu. The "Line Style" window appears. Click through the "Compound type," "Dash type" and "Cap type" menus to select appearance options for the certificate border.

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    Click the "Shadow," "Reflection" or "Glow and Soft Edges" options in the left side pane of the window. Select design elements for the certificate border such as glowing edges or a shadow/3-D look. Click "Close" to close the "Format Shape" window when satisfied.

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    Click the "File" menu. Click "Save As." Type a name for the certificate border file and click the "Save" button.

Tips and warnings

  • For a more precise fit, import the actual certificate into PowerPoint before starting work on the border. If the certificate is already in PowerPoint format, a PPT file, click the "File" tab, click "Open," browse to the PPT and double-click it. If the certificate is an image file, JPG or GIF, click the PowerPoint "Insert" tab, click "Picture," browse to the image and double-click it. Then follow the directions to add the border.

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