Make Recipe cards in MS Word

Saturday, June 16, 2007 Posted by Aman Jain

The aim of this article is to produce double sided recipe cards that can be printed on one side of A4 paper.This can be folded back on itself to form an A5 sheet ,which could b aminated to make it stiff and waterproof during use.
To complete the Workshop a digital picture is required which should be stored in your computer’s My Picture’s folder .A few samples should already exist in this folder and anyone will do.

START MICROSOFT WORD. IF there is a pane of information taking
up valuable space on the right of the screen, close it by on clicking the
View menu and then clicking on Task Pane. To set up the page so that
Both sides of the recipe cards can be printed on a single sheet of A4,
click on the file menu, followed by Page Setup. When the Page Setup
dialogue box appears, click the margin tab, locate the
Orientation section and click to select Landscape.

IN THE PAGES SECTION of the margins tab, where the Multiple
Pages option is currently set to Normal, click on the down arrowhead
to open a drop down list. From this list select the ‘2 pages per sheet’
option. In the Margins section at the top of the dialogue box, change
the top margin to 2cm. An easy way of doing is to click the down
arrowhead next to the current setting, until it reads 2cm. repeat this
process for the bottom, outside and inside margins, all of which
should be set to 2cm.

CLICK ON THE OK button to close the Page Setup dialogue box. Now
It’s time to begin typing the first recipe card. If the page size is too small
to see, use the Zoom control on the top toolbar
to change the zoom level to page width, which stretches
the page to fill the width of the screen. We’re going to use a rcipe for a
seafood starter, but feel free to use your own recipe. If you want to
follow our example, type ‘spice veg soup’(without the speech marks)
as the name of the recipe. Note that whenever speech marks are used in
this Workshop, it is for clarity-don’t type them in.

THE TEXT APPEARS IN Word;s default font, which is Times New Roman at a size of 12 points,Tochange the appearance of text already typed, first it must be selected. Do this with Spicy veg, soup by clicking at the beginning of the phase and holding down the shift key. Then click at the end of the phrase and release the shift key.On the formatting toolbar,where the text size is set at 12 points,click the down arrowhead to open the drop-downlist.Click on 20 to increase the text size.

WITH THE ENLARGED TEXT still selected, click on the down
arrowhead text to Times New Roman and select Ariel as the
replacement font (you may have to use the scroll controls to locate
Ariel, which is some distance away from Times New Roman). To make
The selected text bold, click on the B icon on the formatting toolbar. To
deselect the text, click after the word soup. Press the enter key to
move onto the next line.

A QUICK GLANCE AT the formatting toolbar ill show that the
Selection of the 20-point Ariel font and the bold style have been
Carried down onto the new line. Change the 20-point text size
Back to 12, and then type ‘(serves2)’ and press enter. Press Enter
Again to insert a back line. We’ll insert a picture at this point. To do
So, click on the insert menu, click on picture, then click on From File.
Click on the file name to select it, hen click on the Insert button to
Place the picture.

PRESS THE ENTER KEY a couple of times to move the entry cursor
Down by two lines, and then type the descrition of the recipe, as
shown here. When inserting a large picture, Word automatically scales
it to fit the page width. On the other hand, if the picture is too small it
can be stretched to fit by clicking on the picture to select it, and then
moving the mouse pointer over the bottom right hand- corner until it
becomes a double-headed arrow. Press and hold down the left
mouse btton, then drag he corner to the right hand margin and
release the mouse button.

CLICK IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE word ‘starter’, and then press
Enter twice to move down and insert a blank line. Type ‘Nutritional
information’ but don’t press Enter just yet, because
you’re about to create a dividing line that will appear above the
current paragraph. To create this decorative line, click on the Format
menu and select Borders and Shading. The Borders and Shading
dialogue box will open. If it is not already selected, click on the Borders
tab at the top of the dialogue box.

IN THE STYLE SECTION select the solid line (if it is not already selected ),and in the width section sekect’1 1/2points;The four buttons in the Preview section determine whether bordering lines should appear above. Below or at either side of the current paragraph.Make sure that only the top button is selected , and then click on OK to create a top border line . When the dialoque box closes , press Enter once to move on to the next line.
CLICK ON THE I icon on the formatting toolbar to turn on italics, and
B to turn off bold text, and then type the nutritional details shown
here, or those of your own recipe. Press Enter twice, then turn off
italics and turn on bold prior to typing the word Timings. Prss enter
to move onto a new line, then turn off bold and turn on italics before
typing the appropriate preparation and cooking timings. Side one of
the recipe card is complete. To create side two, hold down the
Ctrl key and tap Enter.

IF YOU SEE AN unwanted borderline at the top o the page ,reopen the borders and Shading dialogue box and in the preview section click on the top button to remove the line .Click on OK to choose the dialogue box .Turn off italics and turn on bold ,then type the word ingredients and press enter twice .Before typing in the list of ingredients turn off bold and turn on bulleting ,using the bullets icon on the formatting toolbar.Press enter after typing each line of ingredients .


After typing the last line of ingredients turn off bulleting by clicking on the bullets icon .Press Enter to move down the line then turn on bold text and type Method . Turn off bold . Tap enter a couple times and then use the Numbering icon on the formatting toolbar (immediately to the left of the bullets icon )to turn on automatic numbering . Press Enter after typing each numbered instruction . When finished click on the numbering icon to off numbering.

THE LAST SECTION ON side two of the recipe is serving suggestions .These are created as a bulleted list with a bold heading ,in much the same way as the list of ingredients was created .Both sides of the recipe are now complete but before printing ,save the recipe by clicking on the file menu and electing Save .Call the file ‘Recipe example’ and click on the Save button .


TO SEE WHAT THE two sides of a recipe look like together click on the zoom control on the top toolbar and select two pages .To print the recipe ,open the file menu and select Print ,hen click on OK.To make new recipe cards don’t create them from scratch just load the ‘Recipe Example ‘ saved in step 13 and immediately save it with another name .Now make whatever changes are necessary .To change the picture to suit different recipies,first click on the existuing picture and then use the insert picture technique described in step 6 to replace it ,perhaps with a digital snap shot of an actual dish.