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If you need business cards made, but you lack experience with sophisticated design software such as InDesign and Photoshop, you can use Word’s business card template. Don’t see a template you like? Design your cards from scratch.

Designing Business Cards in Word

Before we dive into the design of the business card, it’s important to understand what content you should add. While the content placed on the card may be a bit different based on your industry, here are the basics:

  • First and Last Name
  • Job Title
  • Address
  • Phone Number
  • Website URL
  • Email
  • Company Logo

Now it’s time to choose a business card design. Open Microsoft Word, head over to the “File” tab and then select “New” from the left-hand pane.

In the search bar at the top of the window, search for “Business Cards.”

A large selection of templates will appear.

Scroll through the library of business card templates and choose the one you like best. Once selected, a window will appear giving you a preview and description of the template. Click “Create.”

Your business cards will now appear. All that’s left to do is type in your information.

Creating Business Cards from Scratch

If you didn’t find a template you like, you could create your own design through a mix of creating a table, adding images, and formatting text.

Open a blank Word doc, head over to the “Insert” tab, and then click “Table.”

A drop-down menu will appear. Create a 2×4 table by hovering over and selecting the respective block. You can create more rows if you prefer, but 2×4 will fit on a single page.

The table will now appear in your Word doc, and you’ll need to tweak a few settings. Right-click the table’s select crosshair and then select “Table Properties” from the menu.

The Table Properties window will now appear. On the “Table” tab, select “Center” in the “Alignment” section. This will help you keep your cards nice and even on the page.

Next, head over to the “Row” tab. Here, tick the “Specify height” checkbox, make the height two inches, and then select “Exactly” for the row height.

Now let’s move over to the “Column” tab. Tick the “Preferred width” checkbox, make the width three inches, and then click “OK.”

Your table will now be resized to match the standard business card size. However, you might notice that our table is a bit wider than what our margin allows.

To fix this, head over to the “Layout” tab and then click the “Margins” button.

Select “Narrow” from the drop-down menu.

Your business cards will now be within the page margin.

Now all you need to do is add your information to the table, use the formatting tools to format the text, add an image, and you’re good to go!

Marshall Gunnell
Marshall Gunnell is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer at LINE Corporation in Tokyo, Japan, runs ITEnterpriser, a data-storage and cybersecurity-focused online media, and plays with development, with his RAID calculator being his first public project.
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