One of the main advantages of Microsoft Word Online is its accessibility. As long as Microsoft 365 (formerly Office 365) is running, you can open your Word files and other documents just about anywhere. Like its offline counterpart, Word Online also offers several great features and options, and creating a cover page from scratch is one of them.
Unlike offline app, Word Online lacks some key features, and cover page templates are one of them. This means that you must either create the cover pages from scratch in Word or directly insert a previously created cover page.
If this idea interests you, read on to learn how to create a cover page in Word Online.
Let’s get started.
Create a personalized cover page
Creating custom cover pages in Word requires a bit of manual effort as there are a few features missing in the online version. For example, Word Online does not allow you to add or change page borders. Fortunately, we have a nifty workaround in the form of a single table cell.
Step 1: Once you have a blank Word document open, click Insert> Table and select a single cell in the table. Once the cell is in place, gently pull the bottom border down until you see the second page tab.
2nd step: Then click on Layout> Margins and select Narrow from the list. As the name suggests, this option will reduce the top and bottom margins.
However, if you want narrower margins, the best option will be to set a custom width and height. To do this, click on Custom Margins at the bottom and enter the number.
When finished, drag the right border of the table cell to the right.
Step 3: Now that the border is in place, it’s time to add an image or text of your choice. To add an image, click Insert> Image and choose one of the options.
When finished, drag the corners or one of the sides to scale it.
Besides, you can also add borders or change the shape. To do this, double click on the image and the options will be visible at the top.
Step 4: To add text to the cover page, press Enter to add the required text. And like any word processing tool, you can change the font type, color, and size. Once done, you will see a semblance of a cover page.
And you can play around with the indentation of the text according to your preference.
You can also add the text that will appear at the top of the image. To do this, select over the image and select Wrap Text> Behind Text in the top ribbon. Then add the text.
To note: There is a slight hitch with the above method. Word Online does not give you the ability to move or edit the image after the text is wrapped. If you need to change it, you will need to either remove the skin or modify it using the desktop version.
The perfect way to get around it is to be absolutely sure about the image and then wrap up the text.
In addition, you can also add a touch of color to the cover page. To do this, right-click on the table cell to display all the formatting options. Then choose a color from the Cell Shading option.
Add important details like name, course name, date and university name at the bottom, and your personalized cover page is ready.
Of course, working in Word Online means giving up some features like shapes. The idea here is to find a good stock image that represents the basic idea of your mission.
Cool tip: You can play with the table layout and insert a few cells and paint them in different colors for a two-color tone.
Simpler alternative: insert a cover page
As we mentioned above, Word Online does not allow you to directly select cover page templates. If you can’t access the Word app and don’t like the somewhat rigid approach of Word Online, you can create a cover page on a graphic design app like Canva and insert it as a picture.
For example, we edited this ready-made template on Canva and uploaded it as a PNG file. Next, we added the image inside the border we created.
All text and styling will be handled through the infographic tool itself. No need to do this in Word.
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Designing cover pages on Microsoft Word (especially the online version) can be a bit difficult due to the lack of key elements. Fortunately, with a little adjustment and patience, you can create a personalized cover page for your assignment, reports, research study, etc.
Last updated on May 6, 2021
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