How to Make Place Cards on the Computer

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Welcome people to your next event and help them find their seats with place cards. Place cards may hold a person's name and table number set out at the event's entranceway or contain just a name and placed at each seat so guests know exactly where to go. Instead of buying generic place cards from a card shop, make your own on the computer using one of many computer programs. With a couple of quick clicks, you'll have a custom way to really put people in their places.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Windows Paint
  • Microsoft Word

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Instructions

    Using Publisher

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    Open Publisher, which opens the "Available Templates" window on the main pane of the screen. Type "place cards" into the search box in the top right corner of the screen. After a few moments, Publisher's available place card templates fill the screen. Double-click a place card template. Depending on your computer's speed, within a few moments, a page of four place cards will open on the screen.

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    Click and highlight the first name on the card, then type directly over it with one of your attendee's names. To change the way the name appears, highlight the new text, click the "Home" tab and change the font, colour and text size in the "Font" section of the toolbar. Repeat for the other three names on the place card template. Optional: Type the person's table number below or next to the name, such as "Ed, Table 2."

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    Change the place card design by clicking on the place card itself, then hovering your cursor over one of the options on the "Picture Styles" section of the toolbar at the top of the page. Watch how the place card shape changes; click an actual picture style to commit to that shape. Repeat for the other cards on the page.

  4. 4

    Change the place card's colours to match your event by clicking the "Recolor" menu on the left side of the toolbar and hovering your cursor over colour options. Click a colour option to make the change; repeat for the other place cards.

  5. 5

    Click the "File" menu, click "Save As," type a name for the place card file and save it to your computer.

    Using Paint

  1. 1

    Open Paint, click the Paint button in the top left corner of the screen and select "Properties." Change the page dimensions to your preferred place card size, such as 5 in. by 7 in., keeping in mind you'll be folding the place card into a tent to prop it up. Click "OK" and Paint automatically resizes the workspace.

  2. 2

    Click the "Text" tool, which looks like an "A" on the "Tools" section of the toolbar at the top of the screen. Select a font and text size, click the workspace and type the person's name and optionally, table number.

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    Click one of the coloured boxes in the "Colors" section, such as a hue that matches your event's colour scheme. This will be your shape's border and appears in the "Color 1" box. Click the "Color 2" box and click another colour for the inside of the shape, or click the same colour for a solid shape. Scroll through the shapes in the "Shapes" section and click a shape, such as a star or heart. Click your cursor on the Paint workspace and drag, creating the shape. Add additional shapes as preferred.

  4. 4

    Click the "Color 1" box and select a new colour. Click the "Fill with colour" tool, which looks like a tilting paint bucket in the "Tools" section. Click the white space of the card to fill it with a background colour.

  5. 5

    Click the Paint button and click "Save As." Type a name for the card and save it to your computer.

    Using Word

  1. 1

    Open Word, click the "File" tab and click "New." The "Available Templates" screen opens. Type "place cards" into the "Search Office.com for templates" box on the middle of the screen. Scroll through the place card result options and double-click a place card template. Within a few moments, a new Word document opens with place cards filling the screen.

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    Highlight the name on the top-left place card and type over it with an attendee name. Add the person's table number if desired. Highlight the text, right-click and select "Font." Make changes to the name's appearance such as font, bolding, text size and text colour and click "OK." Repeat for each placeholder name on the card.

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    Change the way the place card decoration appears by clicking the "Color" menu near the left side of the toolbar and hovering your cursor over the "Color Saturation" options, watching how each one changes. The further to the left you hover, the less colour your place card will have, which may be useful for a black and white-themed event. Options on the right give the most vibrant colour. Click an option on the menu to commit that place card to the change, then repeat for the other place cards.

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    Change the entire background of the place card by clicking the "Page Layout" tab and clicking the "Page Color" button in the middle of the toolbar. Click a small coloured box to instantly recolor the white Word background; this will not recolor any of the place card design itself or the text.

  5. 5

    Click the "File" tab, click "Save As," give the place card file a name and save it to your computer.

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