Creating a certificate using Microsoft's suite of productivity software is relatively simple. While you can use Word to enter the information, setting the margins and fonts, PowerPoint is the best tool for creating a certificate. PowerPoint includes templates that make it easy to choose a look appropriate to the occasion. Use a Microsoft-provided template to fill in the information, and then modify as needed to create a customized certificate.
Download a certificate template (full link in Resources).
Launch Microsoft PowerPoint from your taskbar or Start menu.
Open the template from the File menu. Select "File," and then "Save as" to save the file with the certificate name.
Fill in the appropriate information. For example, enter the recipient's name, award, date or gift.
Change the background by clicking "Background" from the Format menu. Then click the arrow below and to the right of the Background Fill box. Choose your color, click "OK," and then click "Apply."
Change the font by highlighting the text. Select "Format" from the Format menu. Choose your color, click "OK," and then click "OK" a second time.
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