Step by step instructions on how to make your own copywork material

What do you need:

1. Microsoft Word or any programme that will be equivalent.

2.  Fonts:

Penmanship Print

AboSalman fonts (package of 4). I personally use number 3 and 4 so far.  I have seen that Sister UmmIbrahim is using other ones in her works mashaAllah tabarakAllah.

Those fonts have to be properly installed on your PC and working. Instructions

Also make sure that you can see and work with Arabic fonts on your PC.

Now to the instructions:

Method 1

1.  Open Microsoft Word Document.

112.  I do not like to work on the document that is in “Portrait” layout.  I like when it is Landscape – it is wider so that makes lines longer.  Better for practice and not all info can fit. So I change layout.  I go to Layout – and choose Landscape.2

3.  To start making “lines” go to – Insert – Symbols – More symbols32

4.  Then I choose Penmanship Print as my font, choose the symbol as lines and then click on insert.  And then click on close the window.45.  As a result I will have this56.  Then I increase my font to “36” and with the help of “copy” and “paste” I continue the whole line till the end.67.  Now with Arabic.  I do not have Arabic keyboard but I do have Arabic fonts.  To type in Arabic I do need a keyboard.  For this I go to – All Programmes – Accessories – Accessibility – On screen keyboard7

8.  When I change my font to Arabic my keyboard also changes to Arabic one Alhamdulilyah.89.  Also another tip – to have your vocalisation marks in place you need to press shift on your on screen keyboard and vocolasaiton marks will appear inshaAllah.910.  Now we are typing in Arabic.  For that you need to put your cursor at the end of the line and to start typing on your screen keyboard.1011.  Now we need that this word will be on the same line as our above line so we delete some of our line to fit our word.11112.  Now we will change our font to AboSalman number 3. 1213.  And increase the font size to 48.  As I find it other wise to small for our penmanship print line.1314.  Now again we are making sure that our word will be on the top line.  We delete some parts of our top line.1415.  The next step is very very simple.  Simply copy small part of our top line and then “copy” and “paste” until you make the whole line.15316.  Next line is even more simple than the previous.  We will simply use our penmanship print to type our English translation of the Arabic word.1617.  Now start typing.17118.  Now “copy” and “paste” our line until you will have two lines.18

Method 2

Special thanks to sisters UmmIbrahim and  Sumayyah for their input.  BarakAllah fikum sisters.

1.  Repeat steps 1 to 2 as in Method 1192.  Now change font to Penmanship Print, change size of the font to 36 and press button”`” and you will have this as a result213.  Keep pressing the same button untill you will have full whole line334.  Now press on Insert and find button “Text Box” – Draw Text Box415.  As a result you will have a little text box to type in516.  In the Text Box choose – Shape Outline – No outline617.  Now in the text box start typing your arabic text using any font you like – in this case I have choosen AbuSlaman number 4 – font size 48718.  Now start moving your box819.  And place it exactly on the line91

10. Now go to the Text Box tools – Text Wrapping – Behind text14111.  You will have this as a result15412.  Or if you rather prefer another font like for example Ariel then you will get this10113.  Next step you just draw a line using the same method as in step 211214.  And then you type in English121

15.And then again draw lines as in step 2161

These are basics, that I hope inshaAllah will get you started with your work.  I am sure that there are other ways of how to create your own copywork.  So please share it with us.  BarakAllah fikum


7 responses to “Step by step instructions on how to make your own copywork material

  1. UmAya

    March 10, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you very much for explaining how to do copywork. This was so easy to install and work with. Now I can create my own. Jazakhullahu Khairan.

  2. lolliesplace

    March 11, 2009 at 3:28 am


    Masya Allah. Such great work. I do have an arabic keyboard but I don’t have arabic fonts. CAn you suggest how do I install it? My windows do not support it. 😦

  3. ummobaidah

    March 11, 2009 at 6:05 am

    Wa Aleykum asSalyam wa RahmatuLlahi wa Barakatuh,

    I am delighted that someone found this work useful. Ohti Lolliesplace I am not so sure what you mean. If you cannot see arabic fonts on your computer:

    Adding Arabic support in Windows XP

    This procedure will enable the Arabic language in any language version of Microsoft Windows XP (if you don’t run the Arabic version of Windows XP).

    a) On the Windows Start menu, point to Control Panel, and then click Date, Time, Language, and Regional Options.

    b) Click the Regional and Language Options icon, and then click the Languages tab.

    c) In the Supplemental languages support box, select the check box “Install files for complex script and Right-To-Left languages”, and then press “Apply”.

    d) In the Advanced tab and Regional Options Tab, Select Arabic (your Country).

    For more information please refer to Microsoft Knowledge base Article:

    For arabic fonts I put links above (and their installation).

    If you do have more questions please ask. InshaAllah I will try to help more.

  4. ummaslam

    March 12, 2009 at 1:37 am

    As Salaamu Alaikum
    Alhumdulilah,thank you so much for breaking it down like that masha Allah very helpfull for sure JazzakaAllah Kharin

  5. talibiddeenjr

    March 12, 2009 at 11:41 am

    A quick tip:

    In the Penmanship Print font, you can quickly make the guide lines by using the ~ key repeatedly

  6. muslimah trying to home edu

    April 9, 2009 at 5:13 pm

    MashAllah ukhti such a lovely step by step!! Jazakillah for shring!!! I will definatly trying this out and make my own worksheets.

  7. islamvoorkinderen2012

    May 31, 2012 at 8:44 pm

    salâm alaykoem, barakAllahoefiek! so we explained masjaAllah!
    may Allah swt reward you with djannat al Firdaws! salâm alaykoem xxx


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