DIY Word 2007 & 2010 Cover Pages

| February 8, 2012 | 0 Comments

DIY word cover pages

Helen Bradley introduces the skills you need to create your own cover pages for Word 2007 and 2010.

In Word 2007 Microsoft introduced a number of dynamic elements such as Cover Pages, Headers and Footers. You can use the Cover Page tool, for example, to select from a preset list of attractively formatted document cover pages. Once you’ve entered the data in that cover page, if you change your mind and want to use a different cover page, you can easily do so. Not only is the previous one removed automatically but any content you have entered into that cover page will be automatically repurposed into the new one. This month we’ll show you how to create your own custom cover pages in Word 2007 and 2010 that behave like Word’s own built-in cover pages.

To create your own cover page in Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 start by creating two new blank documents. Choose File > New > Blank Document and click Create. Select the first blank document and choose Insert > Cover Page and select a cover page that has the text elements on it that you want to include on your cover page. You won’t be looking at any of the images – just the text elements.

inserting cover pages in word

Switch to the second blank document and here you can create the basic design that you want to use. For our cover page, we chose a shape by selecting Insert > Shapes > Block Arrows and then drew it on the screen. The shape was formatted by selecting it and using options available on the Drawing Tools > Format tab. Opposite the shape we placed a long narrow image and then selected each object in turn and selected Drawing Tools (or Picture Tools) > Format tab > Send Backward > Send Behind Text to place it behind the page text.

If one element should be in front of the other, in our case the arrow should be in front of the image, select it and choose Drawing Tools (or Picture Tools) > Format tab > Bring Forward to bring it in front of the other object but still placing it behind the text on the page.

Follow these steps to add the content placeholders to your cover page and to save it as a new built-in cover page.

Step 1

Switch to the document that contains Word’s own cover page. Locate an element such as the Title, Subtitle or Abstract and click on it. Locate the small grey marker above it, click that, right click and choose Copy.

step 1

Step 2

Return to your cover page, click where you want the element to go, right click and choose Paste. Repeat this process to add all the content placeholders you need for your cover page. To alter the format of an item, click the grey panel above it and format it using the options on the Home tab.

the second step

Step 3

When you’re done, press Control + A to select all the elements on your cover page. Choose Insert > Cover Page > Save Selection to Cover Page Gallery. Type a name for the cover page, from the Gallery dropdown list, select Cover Pages. Set the Category to Built-in, leave the other options untouched and click Ok.

step 3

Save a copy of your design as a regular Word document too in case you need to alter it in future.

To use your new cover page, simply select it as you would any cover page in Word. If you enter text into the cover page and later select a different cover page the text will be repurposed for that cover page automatically and vice versa. Copying the content placeholders from an existing Word cover page as we have done ensures the data is bound correctly so your cover page works the same as Word’s own designs.

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Helen Bradley is a lifestyle journalist specializing in Photoshop, Lightroom, photo editing, web design, Visual Basic and Office software. She writes how to articles, tips and projects and produces how to videos for computer magazines, newspapers and online services in the USA, Australia, Canada and the UK. She writes for PC World,, Practical Photoshop and

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