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Jigsaw puzzles are both fun and challenging. By making your own jigsaw, you can create one for any project. Simply use smaller jigsaw pieces to make a puzzle more difficult. It's best to start with an image that's large enough to fit the puzzle you have in mind. Consider using a vector image if you need to enlarge an image and keep it from distortion. You can shrink a large image quite easily. Microsoft Word comes with a variety of shapes, allowing you to customise the jigsaw pieces.
Open a new Word document. Select "View" and "Print Layout" from the "Document Views" group to change the view.
Select the "Page Layout" tab and click the dialogue box launcher at the bottom of the "Page Setup" group.
Select the "Paper" tab in the "Page Setup" dialogue box. Go to the "Paper size" section and choose the size of your jigsaw puzzle. Select the "Margins" tab to set the margins and page orientation. Click "OK."
Select the "Insert" tab and choose "Picture" from the "Illustrations" group. Locate the image you want to insert into the puzzle and double-click it to load it on your page.
Make sure the image is selected and go to the "Arrange" group under the "Format" tab. Click "Send to Back" to place the selected image behind other objects on the page. Select "Align" and "Align Center" to centre the image horizontally, and "Align" and "Align Middle" to centre it vertically. To enlarge the image, pull out one of its corners with your mouse. To reduce it, push in the corner.
Go to the "Insert" tab and select "Shapes" from the "Illustrations" group. Choose a shape for the type of puzzle piece you wish to use.
Draw the shape over the image with your mouse. To rotate the shape, select the green rotation handle above the shape and turn it until it faces the direction you want. To move the shape, drag it with your mouse or nudge it with the arrow keys on your keyboard.
Go to the "Format" tab and click the "Shape Fill" command in the "Shape Styles" group. Choose "No Fill" from the drop-down list. Click the "Shape Outline" command in the "Shapes Styles" group. Select a colour that's clearly visible on the image.
Insert additional puzzle pieces to your page. To copy a shape, select the shape you want to replicate and press "Ctrl" + "C" on your keyboard. To paste it, press "Ctrl" + "V." To insert a different shape, choose a shape from the "Insert Shapes" group under the "Format" tab. Then follow Step 5 to remove its background and modify its outline.
Save and print the jigsaw when you are finished.
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