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Create a Letterhead in Microsoft Word
In this section, we're going to create a letterhead document. The letterhead we create will be saved as a template, so that you can get to it quickly and easily. You could then use your letterhead for all outgoing correspondence, if you wish.
Let's get started with letterheads.
What is a Letterhead?
A letterhead is some form of design for your stationary. Typically, a name and address would be included in a letterhead, along with contact details. A logo is often incorporated into a letterhead. The one you're going to be designing is this one:
To design a letterhead like the one above, three elements were used: AutoShapes, Textbox and a Line.
The Pyramid AutoShape can be added by clicking on AutoShape in the Drawing toolbar (Click on View > Toolbars > Drawing, if yours is not visible.) Click on "More AutoShapes", just like you did in the logo lesson. When you get the dialogue box, click on the Conceptual category. The pyramid is at the bottom. But you can use any shape that takes your fancy.
When you add the pyramid, it will be rather big, so resize it to something
smaller. Once you have the pyramid AutoShape on your page, can add a
textbox. If you don't know how to do this, see the section Working
with the Textbox Object.
When you've added an AutoShape, and a textbox with an address in it, you work might look something like this one:
But feel free to come up with your own design. Note, however, that the address above is placed in a textbox that has the Lines removed. You can then move your address in to position.
For a finishing touch, we can add a line quite easily. In fact, you already know how to add a line, because you did it in the Headers and Footers section. But try this:
You are aiming for something like this:
We now have three separate objects on the page: an AutoShape, a Textbox, and a Line. We now need to group them, so that they can be moved around as one object.
To group your objects, do the following:
Your three objects have now been turned into one object. Move the single image to where you want your letterhead to appear:
The arrow-headed cross is where the left mouse button has been held down. The image is being moved upwards.
And here's the finished letterhead once more:
In the next lesson, you learn how to save the letterhead as a template, so that you can open it up quite quickly whenever it is needed.