from scratch using Word is a great way to experience the joy of extreme frustration. After much pain and anguish, we finally worked through the quirks and now you can avoid similar pain by just downloading one of thebelow. In addition to the business card templates, youll also find that weve explained

At your local office supply store, youll probably find 2 main types of card stock for the business cards:10 cardsper page or8 cardsper page. The purpose of the 8 per Page format is to allow you to have color that extends all the way to the edge of the card.

All our business card templates are designed forstandard-size business cards: 3.5 x 2

License:Limited Use(Applies to all the business card templates listed below)

Required: Microsoft Word® 2002(XP), 2003, 2007, 2010

Create a calendar that you can print onto a business card magnet, store in your wallet, or print on the back side of your normal business card so that people will want to use your card continually for reference. (Thanks to Nathan Smith for the suggestion and ideas)

Download the Excel file to format and create the calendar for any year, then copy and paste into the business card template as a picture.

Not only is the design simple and sophisticated, it is also easy on printer toner. You dont need a color printer, but you can of course change the text to whatever color you wish.

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Basic Grayscale Business Card TemplateStyle 10-B

The reversed out text is a nice way to highlight your contact information. Though it is in grayscale, you can change the colors however you like. I recommend keeping the text white with a darker background color. This card works well for adding a logo that requires a white background.

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For more impact, this business card template uses two big hits of color, which you can easily change. See the instructions below.

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The greens and browns, along with the angled hits of color lead to a very organic feel. If you choose a different color scheme, be careful to go with colors that work well together.

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The design of this business card is meant to separate the most important information (company name, your name, title & email) from the secondary information. With the color going to the edge of the card, the design is simple yet strong.

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The off center white box and san-serif font give this card a very modern and clean feel.

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Full-Color Business CardStyle 8-D:8 cards/page

This business card template is very bold with its full hit of color. If you change the color I recommend staying monochromatic (using different shades of the same color). This business card will definitely stand out in a crowd of mostly white business cards.

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This business card design is similar to style 10-C above, accept it takes advantage of the page format which allows the colors to go to the very edge of the card. This subtle difference increases the professional feel of the card.

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TEXT: When you open the file, youll see that only one of the business cards contains text. You will only need to edit a single business card, because youll be copying/pasting later on.

GRAPHICS: We realize that one of the main things youll want to do with these templates is choose your own color scheme, so we tried to make that simple by grouping all of the drawing objects (lines, background colors, etc.) so that you can change colors all at once.Hint: You can click on the Show/Hide button to view anchor points and tabs. You may need to use the Selection tool (the Arrow) to select some objects.

When using Word, inserting drawing objects and images can mess things up, and sometimes it does in fact take an expert to figure out why things are going wrong.

I dont guarantee that the following steps will work in all versions of Word, but hopefully youll get the main idea and be able to format the objects and images as needed.

Place the cursor inside of one of the business cards.

Go to Insert Picture From File… to insert your logo.

Double-click on the image that you just inserted into your business card or go to Format Picture. If you are inserting or editing a drawing object, select it using the selection tool and then go to Format Object.

In the Format Object or Format Picture dialog box, go to the Layout tab and select Behind text or In front of text (under Wrapping style).

In the Layout tab, click on the Advanced button, which will take you to the Advanced Layout dialog box.

I usually set the vertical alignment to Absolute position of X below the Margin. Also make sure Allow overlap and Layout in table cell are selected. We have found that positioning objectives relative to the Page leads to the greatest compatibility between versions of Word and OpenOffice.

We designed our templates so that you can edit a single business card and then copy it to the rest of the business cards on the page. Each of the business cards represents a cell within a table. It is important that you select the entire contents of the cell.

Put your cursor inside one of the business cards.

Press Tab to move to the other cells in the table if you are using the 10-up version, or use the mouse to click in the other cells if you are using the 8-up version.

What you see on your screen may not be what you see when you print (especially if graphic objects are used), so before printing out 100 sheets of unusable business cards, test on a regular piece of paper.

– Microsofts gallery includes some business card templates for Word and PowerPoint.

– Here you will find a link to the Templates for Business Cards, of which there are a great many. The downside is that you have to complete a sign-up form to download them (which you dont have to do at Vertex42).

Creattica- Some very creative business cards!

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