Once you have a basic Word calendar created using a calendar template or the calendar wizard, you can turn it into a personalized photo calendar.
This tutorial covers the following activities:
If you missed the first part of this tutorial Creating a Basic Calendar, click the link to go there now.
What you need to complete this tutorial:
Black and white is boring so we will change the colors and add photos to brighten up and personalize your calendar.
Open your saved document in Microsoft Word 2007 or 2010 and let's get started.
You can quickly change the color of the month headings, weekday names, and dates in the entire document using the Style Pane:
Now that you have colorful fonts, it's time to change the border colors and add shading.
The calendar is created using a table, but we cannot select the whole table to change the border colors because some of the cell borders are hidden. Follow these steps to highlight portions of the table and change the border color:
Repeat these steps for each month. Be creative! Try using different colors for each month or season.
Follow the same steps for changing border colors to add shading to table rows except in step 5, select the Shading tab, then choose a fill color.
Note: Wait to add shading until last if you want to insert a photo or clipart into the table cell.
To add shading to a single table cell, follow these steps:
Now for the fun part...adding photos and clipart to your Microsoft Word calendar!
Now that you have a colorful Microsoft Word calendar, you can add photos or clipart.
Photo and Clipart Tips:
To insert a photo, follow these steps:
To move the image, you may need to change the text wrapping settings:
I found that the In Front of Text option was the easiest to work with. I also found the text wrapping to be bit quirky with shaded cells, so add shading last.
You can add shadows, frames, and more to your images by using the preset options on the Picture Tools Format tab that appears when the image is selected. For in-depth instructions on formatting tables and images in Word 2007, pick up a copy of Special Edition Using Microsoft Office Word 2007.
Press Ctrl+S to save your calendar. It is now ready to print!
Here is the sample I created while writing this tutorial. The thumbnail looks distorted, but you can download the file.
Have fun with your Word calendar and have a happy and prosperous 2013!
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