1/14/15 Update – The original post where I found this idea is no longer available.  Also, I personally no longer use Mircrosoft Word, but LibreOffice.  This document is very close to lining up in LibreOffice, but it isn’t perfect.  I will attempt to tweak it and update a new template.  The main issue is that LibreOffice does not allow the multiple line spacing to be entered manually.  If you have been using this template, please let me know in the comments or by email (info@ourcatholichomeschool.com) how it is going.  I am curious to see if using different printers causes any problems.


As I was falling down some rabbit holes on the internet one day, I stumbled across a post detailing how to set up a Microsoft Word document that can print directly onto the lines of Handwriting Without Tears wide-rule two-line paper (my affiliate link.)  I took the instructions from that post, tweaked them a bit to make it work for Century Gothic font (the closest to HWT font), and can now print copywork straight from the computer!

Handwriting Without Tears copywork

This allows Alex to copy directly under his example.  Below are instructions for building your own Word document (or you can try using my template):

  1. Set up a word document as with a top margin of 0.7″, a bottom margin of 0.2″, and side margins of 0.25″.
  2. Change the font to Century Gothic size 43.
  3. Type your first line.  At the end, right click, go to paragraph, and set the line spacing to multiple 3.2.
  4. Hit enter and type your next line.  At the end, go back to the paragraph menu and set the line spacing to multiple 3.15. (I think this change in spacing is key to getting Century Gothic to line up.)
  5. Hit enter and type your third line of text.  I usually double check my line spacing and then print. HINT: Do not try to go onto a second page.  You will have to erase your lines and begin again for any subsequent pages.

Your document should look like this when you are ready to print.

HWT lined paper print tutorial

I hope this works for everyone else.  I know it has saved me a ton of time.


Other posts you may find useful:

Handwriting Without Tears | Gray Block Printable

Curriculum Review: Handwriting Without Tears Letters and Number for Me

Kindergarten Authors: Day 11 of 31 Days of Classical Education Lite


This post is linked up at Trivium Tuesdays.



Using Microsoft Word to Print on Handwriting Without Tears Wide Rule Two-Lined Paper — 3 Comments

  1. This is great, thanks! I’ll definitely be trying this out, we’ve enjoyed HWT and I’d really been wanting to add copywork this coming year so this is very timely for me to find.

    Love the blog by the way, i always get excited to find other Catholic Classical Homeschoolers :)

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