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Microsoft Office Word 2007 - Using New Cover Pages

written by: •edited by: Jean Scheid•updated: 7/6/2011

In Word 2007, 15 cover pages have been preformatted and stored in a building block gallery making them as easy to insert as performing just one click to add them to an existing document. In this article, you'll learn how to work with the existing cover pages and create your own.

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    For many documents, a clear and distinct cover page can add a professional and polished flair. In most cases, the contents of a cover page showcase the document’s contents, author and creation date. In previous versions of Word, document creators needed to insert a page break at the beginning of the document and, using the Page Setup dialog box, could center the document information within the margin boundaries of the first page.

    However, in Word 2007, 15 cover pages have been preformatted and stored in a building block gallery making them as easy to insert as performing just one click to add them to an existing document. Within these preformatted cover pages are functional graphic elements with placeholders for the pertinent document information.

    When used, cover pages create a welcoming addition for many documents and help set the tone for the document content. And, with Word 2007's preformatted cover pages, there is no need to insert extra page breaks or even use the Page Setup dialog box to center the added text.

    To insert a cover page from Word's Cover Page Gallery into any existing Word 2007 document, follow these steps:

    1. Display the Insert tab on the Elements Gallery
    2. In the Pages group, click the Cover Page command to display the Cover Page gallery
    3. Select a Cover Page

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    The cover page you choose is automatically added to your document as the first page. Plus, if you change your mind, you can always remove any added cover page by following similar steps:

    1. Display the Insert tab on the Elements Gallery
    2. Click Remove Current Cover Page

    If none of the cover pages in the gallery suit your needs, you can always take the time to create your own using custom text and graphics. But, if you do, be sure to save it within Word 2007's Building Blocks Gallery. That way, you'll be able to use it again.

    You see, you can add your own custom cover pages to the 15 predefined cover pages that come standard with Word 2007. To create your own cover pages to use in future documents, follow these steps:

    1. Create a custom cover page, and then select the cover page text (and graphics, if applicable)
    2. In the Pages group, click the Cover Page command to display the Cover Page gallery
    3. Select Save Selection To Cover Page Gallery
    4. In the Create New Building Block dialog box (shown below), type a name for your cover page
    5. Click OK

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    That's it. Now, you can insert Word 2007's preformatted cover pages and even create your own to add to the Cover Pages Gallery.






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