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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.

Select New tab to search for templates

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

Search for Business Cards

A large selection of templates will appear.

Business Card Library

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.”

Create business card template

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

Enter information in the business card template

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.”

Insert a table in Word

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.

Create 2x4 table

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.

Select Table properties option

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.

Center alignment

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.

Adjust 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.”

Adjust column width

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.

bad margins

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

Select margins in layout group

Select “Narrow” from the drop-down menu.

Select narrow margins

Your business cards will now be within the page margin.

narrow margin fix

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
Marshall Gunnell is a writer with experience in the technology industry. He worked at Synology, a manufacturer of network-attached storage solutions. Marshall also serves as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview, providing detailed reviews of storage technology.
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