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Cover Page Templates

Editable Cover Pages for Business Documents, Academic Assignments, and Books

In the professional and academic arenas, many projects require you to create a cover page. Since this is the first thing the reader sees, the cover design should be professional and convey clearly what the content inside is about. The information and elements you include will depend on the type of document you are creating and other specifics of the project. We have numerous cover page templates available in various formats, all of which can be customized to fit your needs.
Cover pages, also commonly referred to as “title pages“, are used in a wide range of projects, including but not limited to:
  • Business Plans/Proposals
  • Professional Reports
  • Academic Essays
  • White Papers
  • Magazines
  • E-books
  • Albums
Cover pages should not be confused with cover letters and cover sheets. A cover letter is typically submitted alongside a resume by job seekers applying for a new position, while a cover sheet is a document you send along with a fax to provide additional information to the recipient. We have hundreds of free resume cover letter templates available here, and several fax cover sheet templates available here.

Essentials of a Strong Cover Page

Your cover page design should draw the reader in and give them a compelling reason to go deeper into the document. It may include some or all of the following elements:
  • Document Title/Subtitle
  • Author’s Name
  • Author’s Title
  • Cover Photo/Cover Image
  • Completion/Submission Date
  • Document Description
The style, layout and color spread should be seamlessly blended together in a way that accurately reflects the content inside, and is in keeping with any other specific requirements.

Academic Cover Pages

In the world of academia, following the rules is most often just as important as the content inside the paper. This means you must have proper in-text citations, quotations, references, etc. Most importantly, the document must be presented in the proper format. The three most common formatting styles for academic papers are:
  • American Psychological Association (APA): Currently in its Sixth Edition, the APA format is typically used in the social sciences field. The APA cover should include a running header, title, author’s name, institution name, and any author notes you want to include. Times New Roman in font size 12 is also recommended.
  • Modern Language Association (MLA): Currently in its Eighth Edition, the MLA format is typically used in the arts and humanities fields. While this format does not require you to create a cover page, some instructors may still want it. If you are asked for a title page, be sure to follow the specific guidelines you are given.
  • Chicago Manual of Style (CMS): Currently in its 16th Edition, the CMS format is also often used in the arts and humanities. In this format, you may be required to create a standalone title page, or you may be asked to include the title on the first page of your text. As always, consult with your instructor for additional formatting guidelines.
For more in-depth APA, MLA, and CMS formatting instructions and other free academic writing resources, check out the Purdue OWL (Online Writing Lab).

Business Cover Pages

In the corporate world, the cover page design is largely dependent on the nature of the organization and the type of document you are producing. Certain cover pages should be formal and professional, while others may call for more creativity and flare. For example, technical reports that mostly show facts and figures typically have more conservative covers, while business and marketing plans might be more colorful and use attractive imagery that makes the reader feel good about the company. Your title page should identify with the brand, be consistent with the organization’s mission, and follow all pre-set guidelines. Above all, be sure to create a design that will be pleasing to your target audience.

Book Cover Designs

Whether you are creating a magazine, ebook or paperback book cover, a compelling design is essential for the success of the project. The cover is what sells the book, and if it doesn’t immediately grab the attention of potential readers, many will not take the time to read the description and learn what the book is about. Keep in mind that many consumers today shop for books and magazines using electronic formats such as tablets and smartphones, rather than on bookshelves. For this reason, the title should be large and easy to read and the graphics should be professionally designed in a way that allows the reader to connect emotionally with the subject matter. Also make sure any graphic images are easily viewable in thumbnail size, so they can be seen by readers on all devices.

Free Title and Cover Page Templates

We have an extensive cover page gallery with numerous free template designs you can use. Our cover and title page templates are M.S. Word-based, and can be edited using Microsoft Word, Open Office, or Mac Pages. Find the template that best suits your needs, download it, and quickly get started on your cover page project.

APA Title Pages

These cover page templates have everything you need to easily put together the title page for your APA-formatted academic report. Each title page contains a running head, Times New Roman size 12 font, and the correct spacing requirements for the information you need to insert. From standard and typical APA formats to formats with multiple authors and multiple affiliations, we provide a wide range of options to fit your requirements.
  • Typical APA style term paper
  • Standard format with title in the middle
  • Two authors, same affiliations
  • Two authors, two affiliations
  • Three authors, two affiliations
  • Three authors, three affiliations
  • Three authors, same affiliations for the first and third authors
  • One author, one affiliation
  • … and more!
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Report Cover Pages

Whether you need a cover page for an annual financial report, marketing report, business proposal or any other type of corporate project, our report cover page templates can help put the best face on your project. Each template is formal, professional and designed to impress your audience.
  • Annual Report cover sample
  • Purple pattern formal cover
  • Blue Annual Report title page sample
  • Formal Design with blue sidebar
  • Header Weaves research report
  • Purple Circles cover design
  • Formal title page design
  • … and more!
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Cover Page Designs

Looking for a cover that allows you to showcase your creativity? Our cover page design templates provide several options that can be used as they are or as a starting point to create a more unique design. These designs feature stylish images and fashionable color schemes blended seamlessly to help tell your story. They can be used for more creative projects such as magazine and book covers, brochures, and family scrapbooks.
  • Technology design cover
  • Intelligent solutions cover page
  • Red background abstract cover page
  • Yellow lines professional theme
  • Stylish book cover page
  • Black grunge explosion design
  • Professional elegant lines cover page
  • Romantic cover page
  • … and more!
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Course Transcript

As students, it's very important to make sure we have a properly formatted paper. One way we could always make sure that our papers are properly formatted is to take some time and do it correct once, and then create what's called a custom template. When you first open up Microsoft Word, you have a template browser. On the left-hand side, there's a spot for My Templates. Currently this section's empty. In this video we're going to talk talk about how we can format a research paper to have all the proper elements. And then save it as a template. That way in all future classes, I can simply open up My Template, and already have a pre-formatted paper to start with. To get started, let's go ahead and open a regular Word document. The first thing I notice is that my margins need to be adjusted. Most professors and instructors are going to want you to have a one inch by one inch margin. Microsoft Office by default creates a document with a one and a quarter inch margins on the left and the right. Now this may seem like a nice thing, because it's going to make your paper look longer. Some professors and instructors are very strict about the actual margins on a paper. To make sure you don't get graded down, let's go ahead and move those margins back to one inch all around. We can do this by coming up to the blue section in the margins and double clicking. This will go ahead and open up our Margin Dialog Box, and we can go ahead and use the down arrow next to Left and Right to reduce these margins to one inch. I'll go ahead and click the OK button. Now that our margins are set, let's go ahead and add a really basic paper header. I'm going to use my name. The date, I'm just going to put the word date to remind me to replace it. And now I can go ahead and add the class information. Now if you want, you can create a custom template for each of your classes and refresh them every quarter or semester. So for example, if I was taking Journalism 101, and that was being taught by Dr. Miller I might go ahead and format this to say Journalism 101 with Dr. Miller. Now every single time I open this, I need to make sure to go and change that date. So, one thing I'm going to do to remind myself is I'm going to go ahead and highlight the word date. I'm going to make it red in color. Now that I've got a heading done, I am also going to add a couple spaces, and go ahead and write title. This is a very simple way that you can start any paper, with your name, the date, and the class. A little bit of space. You can go ahead and put your paper title in. And then you're going to have some space again, and you'll actually start the paper. Now, I'm just putting text here as a place holder. I also want to remind myself to indent the start of the paper. So, I'm going to go ahead and put that indent in. I have a title section and I have the start of the paper indented. What I'd like to do is go ahead and format the header and footer sections. To access the header sections, I'm going to put my cursor up in the header until I see the Small Header icon appear, and I'll go ahead and double click. When I'm in my header section, a great practice is to put your last name followed by the page number in the upper right hand corner. This way, as a professor's going through and grading your papers, he'll always know that it's your paper, as well as the correct page order. To do this I'm going to go ahead and click the Right Justification icon in the ribbon. I'm going to type out my last name, put a dash, and then in the Header and Footer Menu, which is currently being highlighted purple since I'm in the header and footer, I'm going to go ahead and add the page number. Now it just puts a number one in there because I'm on the first page. However, because this is a page number placeholder, as I continue to add to this document, more and more pages will become available. I'm going to go and click the Close button. So there we have the start of a very basic paper layout. At this point, what I'd like to do is go ahead and save this as a template. To do that, I'm going to click on File in the upper left hand corner, and instead of choosing Save, I'm going to choose Save As. Here, I have the opportunity to choose where as well as the format. The first thing I want to change is the format. I'd like to come down and save this not as a Word document, but as a Word template. You'll notice there's a different in extension. Regular Word documents are dot DOC or DOCX. And Word templates are dot DOT or DOTX. I'm going to go ahead and choose the Word Template Format. And you'll notice that it automatically updated the Where to be My Templates. If I don't save this in the My Templates section then I won't have access to it. I'm going to title this Research Paper, and then go ahead and click the Save button. So at this point, we've created a research paper template. Now to access this template, I'm going to go ahead and close the document we created. I'm going to go to File, and I'm going to choose New From Template, and now when I click on the My Templates section on the left hand side, I can see that my Research Paper Template's ready to go. So every single time I want to start a research paper, I can simply double-click on this template. It'll automatically open up to this spot. I can start adding information, and I'll always be sure that my paper's formatted correctly.

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