How to Create a Storyboard With Word

Updated February 21, 2017

An ideal way to get brains storming and creative juices flowing, storyboarding is the process of presenting a step-by-step, screen-by-screen or word-by-word linear depiction of something. Used in creating commercials, movies and television shows, storyboards are a low-tech project, lending themselves to cardboard and paper. Storyboarding also can take a step up on the tech ladder when you do it in Microsoft Word. Even though Word's functionality lends itself better to text than graphics, storyboarding in Word will soon have you ready to say "Lights, camera, action!"

Open Microsoft Word. Click the "Page Layout" tab. Click the "Orientation" button. Click "Landscape" to turn the page lengthwise.

Click the "Insert" tab. Click the "Text Box" button. Choose the "Draw Text Box" link at the bottom of the drop-down menu. The cursor turns into a plus sign.

Press and hold down the "Shift" key. Click near the top-left corner of the Word page and drag the cursor to form a square. Make the square big enough to hold a picture or the words involved with the first part of the storyboard. Release the "Shift" key.

Click inside the text box and type the first panel of the storyboard, usually the title of the project and, if desired, the author's name.

Click the border of the text box. Press "Ctrl + C" on the keyboard to copy the square. Press the "Ctrl + V" to paste the copy onto the Word page. Drag the square directly next to the first square, leaving a little white space between the two.

Press "Ctrl + V" again until you have pasted squares to fill the Word page and dragged them into place.

Highlight the text in the second square. Type over it with the first part of the storyboard text. Continue to replace text in the rest of the squares.

Create pictorial storyboard squares by clicking the text box to open the orange "Text Box Tools" tab. Click the "Shape Fill" menu on the ribbon directly below the tab. Click "Picture." Browse to an image, such as a digital photo, to use for that square of the storyboard. Double-click it and it fills the square. Repeat to fill the other squares as desired.

Delete any unneeded storyboard squares by clicking once on the box's border and pressing the "Delete" key.

Click the "File" tab. Select "Save As" and type a title for the storyboard file. Click "Save." Your storyboard is complete.

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About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.