Creating a Themed Maze in Microsoft Word Using The Tables and Borders Toolbar
Lesson Created by Patricia Janann Nicholson
Your job in this activity is to design a maze in Microsoft Word using the Tables
and Borders toolbar. Choose a theme for your maze. I have selected "Under
the Sea" as my theme for this example.
Open Microsoft Word (Start>Programs>Microsoft Word)
At the New document dialog box if prompted, selected blank
Click File on the Menu Toolbar, select Save As, and navigate
to your folder in the Save In text box.
Click in the File Name text box, and name your document
XXMaze (where XX are your initials.
Click on the Table and Borders button on the standard toolbar
to bring up the Tables and Borders toolbar.
Double-space the cells following the directions below.
Highlight the entire grid while holding down the left mouse
Click Format>Paragraph to open the Paragraph dialog box.
At the Paragraph dialog box, select double spacing at the
Line Spacing drop down option.
Type the words Start and End in the Grid. An example would
be to type Start in the upper left hand corner and the word End in the bottom
right hand corner. You can put your starting and ending position anywhere
you want in the grid.
Create a path between Start and End by using the Border
icon to remove cell walls.
Example of Maze
- You may use diagonal lines and line thickness to enhance the looks of your
table. These features are located on the Drawing Toolbar.
- Develop a theme for your maze (sports, butterflies, etc). I chose a crab
them for this lesson. Find a clipart that fits the theme of your maze. Insert
the clipart in your maze following the directions below:
- Highlight the area in which you want your clipart to appear by holding
down the left mouse button while dragging across the grid area.
- Merge these cells by clicking the merge cells button
located on the Tables and Borders toolbar.
- With your cursor in the merged space, click Insert>Picture>ClipArt
(or Picture from File).
- Use the Picture toolbar to format the picture and align it so that it
fits well in your maze. Adjusting the picture size will return the rows
and columns to their original width and height. Continue to carefully
add paths and pictures, adjusting the details as you go to create a challenging
maze for your friends.
- Add other pieces of clip art that fit your theme, and add additional
paths to form dead ends to add a greater level of difficulty.
- Once you have your paths and clip art images in place, add a title for
your maze using WordArt. The title should appear above the maze on your
page. To open the WordArt dialog box, click the WordArt button
on the Drawing Toolbar:
- Add your name and then print out your puzzle and have a friend try it
out. See how much of a challenge it was for them. If it was too easy,
you may want to return to your maze and add more dead ends in order to
provide a better challenge for them.