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. Click on
the below link to see the Maze I created:
Word 2007 Instructions:
Start Microsoft Word 2007:
To start your Table of Contents open Microsoft Word (Programs
> All Programs > Microsoft Office > Word 2007).
Click the Office button in the top left corner of the
document window and
select new from the drop down menu. Select new blank document:
Click the Office button again and select Save As from the drop down menu and name your
file Amazing Mazes. See the information below on how you want to save your
Insert a Table:
With the Insert tab selected click Table then select Insert Table:
At the Insert Table dialog box select 14 for the number of columns
and 14 for the number of rows.
Click OK to place the table in your document.
Double Space the Cells:
Select the table by clicking on the arrow at the top left hand
side of your table. Your table should turn blue indicating that it is
With the Home tab selected click on the arrow on the Paragraph
section to open the Paragraph dialog box. Select Double for Line spacing:
Click OK to apply. Your cells should now appear double spaced.
Include Start and End in the Grid:
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
Erase Cell Walls:
Click on the Design tab and on the Draw Borders section select the
Begin clicking on the cell walls you want to erase. You should be
clearing a path to get from your Start to your Finish Point:
Develop a Theme for Your Maze:
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:
First you will need to increase the size of your cell in which to
place your ClipArt picture. If you do not merge cells to enlarge the area the
other cells in your table will become distorted. Click inside one of your
cells that you want to place your clipart and while holding down the left
mouse drag over several of its adjacent cells to select them.
To merge the cells with the Table Tools tab still active, click Layout
the Merge Cells:
The cells should now be merged as shown below:
Now you will insert a clipart image into the open space.
With the Insert tab selected click on the ClipArt button:
This open the ClipArt
Task Pane. Type in a descriptive word for what you want to find in the Search
for text box then click the Go button.
This populates a list of clipart images. Click once on the picture
to place it on your page.
Insert a WordArt Title:
First you need to move your table down to insert your WordArt at
the top of your page. Place your cursor in the first cell of the first row
and hit the Enter key. Your cursor should now appear above the table.
Click the Center Alignment button
on the Home tab to place your cursor centered on your page.
With the Insert tab selected locate the WordArt button and click
on it to view the options you have. Select one then key the words
you want to appear as the text you want to appear centered at the top of your
Click OK to close the dialog box.
Include Your Name Somewhere on the Page. Check your over with your
rubric then submit it for grading.
Word 2003 Instructions:
- Open Microsoft Word
- At the New document
dialog box if prompted, selected blank document.
- Click File on the Menu
Toolbar, select Save As, and navigate to your folder in the Save In text
- 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
- Click the Insert Table
button to bring up the Insert
Table dialog box.
- At the Insert Table
dialog box, assign the number of columns to 14 and rows to 14. You
should now have a table with 14 rows and 14 columns.
- Double-space the cells
following the directions below.
- Highlight the entire
grid while holding down the left mouse button.
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.
- 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
- 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
- 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.
Save this as Period_LastF_Maze