You’ve used Microsoft Word many times to type up work, obviously, but did you know that you can create some pretty fun, colourful documents as well? Today we’ll get started creating a copy of your homeroom timetable that you can personalize and decorate however you like.
Here’s my sample. Your finished product should look something like this (click for a closer look):
The schedule for 602 looks like this. You will use this information to fill in your timetable, but you can decorate and change things as you like.
NOTE: You could, if you want, lay out your timetable so that it reads from top to bottom (like the timetables you may have seen in the past.) I’ll show you how to make one that looks like the timetable above (but oh so much nicer!), but if you want, you could do it something like this:
You may either read the instructions below or watch the tutorial video below where I will demonstrate step by step. If you choose to watch the video, you NEED HEADPHONES.
Do not watch the entire video and expect to remember anything! Watch a minute or two until I do something, then pause the video, and go do that thing. Once you’ve completed that step, come back and watch a little more.
First, open Microsoft Word and create a new BLANK DOCUMENT
The first thing you should ALWAYS do with any work is to SAVE. Press the File menu at the top left of your screen or press Ctrl + S
Always save your work in your DOCUMENTS folder. Call this document TIMETABLE
Now we can start to set up our page properly.
Clic on the Layout menu at the top of your screen
Then choose Orientation
And switch your page orientation to Landscape to turn your paper sideways so that it is wider than it is tall.
One more thing that really helps. Again, in the Layout menu at the top, choose Margins and change those to Narrow
Now that the page is set up, we can put something on it!
In the Insert menu at the top of the page, look for Table. Click that, then below the boxes that appear, choose Insert Table
You want your table to have 7 columns and 15 rows
Now make sure that you can see your whole page. At the top of your screen, choose View, then select One Page
If you have your cursor in or on your table on your page, you should see a box at the bottom right. You can click that and drag it out to expand your table to fill up the page.
Here’s what the whole page should look like:
You’ll notice on my sample that some of those boxes (called CELLS) are joined together to make one wide box/cell.
To do that, click in the top LEFT cell, then hold down shift, and click on the top RIGHT cell to select all of the cells in that row.
Once you have those cells selected, you should see a menu section at the top called Table Tools.
Click the Layout tab on that section, then find where it says Merge Cells
That button should join your top row cells and create one big wide cell. Now you can start filling in some of your cells, as you see below. Obviously you’ll put your name at the top instead of mine. Duh!