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How to Create Custom Cover Pages in Microsoft Word 2010

A great cover page draws readers, and if you know Word, then you are in luck, because Word gives ready to use cover pages. But did you know that Word lets you create your own cover pages?

Head over to the “Insert” ribbon and you’ll find that Microsoft Office gives some cover pages that you can use.


Although, normally a cover page appears in the first page, Word lets you place the cover page anywhere in the document.


If you don’t like any of these cover pages, you can always create a custom one. Let’s begin by opening a blank document, and make it pretty. Give it a good background color and put a great picture.


A standard cover page usually has a title, an author name, and perhaps a publication date. You can easily put all these components into the cover page using “Quick Parts”.


You have plenty of options: author name, title, abstract. Put as many document property as you want.


When you are done, select all the components on the cover page (CTRL + A), and save it into the gallery.


Give it the appropriate name and save it.


You should see your new cover page appears inside the cover page gallery.


The next time you want to use it, simply head over to the cover page gallery and use the cover page that you just created.

Zainul spends his time trying to make technology more productive, whether it’s Microsoft Office applications, or learning to use web applications to save time.

  • Published 06/20/11

Comments (10)

  1. bob

    nice tip! thanks!

  2. John Chorley

    Can this be used to creating covering letters when applying for jobs?

  3. Philip

    How can these be distributed (automatically) to other members of your organisation? Lots of used for cover sheets, templates etc.

  4. John Earley

    Hi. Thanks for the valuable information. I have a question about Microsoft Office 2010, and Outlook 2010 to be specific. With previous versions of Outlook, I was able to highlight messages from a specific sender using colors. This was done by clicking “organize using colors.” Very easy. Now, with v.2010, this option is gone and replaced by going to “View” and “View Settings.” I cannot colorize messages from a specific sender, and then use different colors to identify many different senders. Am I missing something? Where has this simple task gone?
    Any help would be much appreciated.

  5. B1


    Highlight the message from the specific sender in your inbox.

    Select Tools/Organise. Then hight the “Using Colors” icon to see the options available to you

  6. geek


  7. Candy

    ddnt work…….it doesnt go on wiyh the background color

  8. Jae

    Excellent, now my can make my own coverpages. The default ones are naff. Thanks

  9. Lisbeth

    I would like to jave more coverpages to Word 2010. It has so few. Tryed through google, couldn’t find.
    Found only the old ones and lessons how to use them. Really want news.

  10. Lisbeth

    Sorry! I wrote-jave- instead of have.
    Really want much more coverpages than the few that Word 2010 has.
    Thanks again,

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