How to print tab dividers

Updated February 21, 2017

Printing words on divider tabs that mark the sections in a loose-leaf binder might seem daunting the first time you do it. But user-friendly word-processing programs, such as Microsoft Word, have simplified the task. Printing Avery tab dividers in Microsoft Word can be accomplished in a few steps.

Look on the Avery box that the dividers came in to determine their size. You want the actual dimensions and the number on the box.

Open Microsoft Word and go to the "Tools" menu and click on "Envelopes and Labels."

Click on the "Labels" tab and then the "Options" button on the right-hand side.

Select "Avery Standard" on the drop-down menu next to "Label Products."

Go to the window labelled "Product Number" and scroll through the list of product numbers and titles until you find the one that matches the box. For example, some Avery dividers are labelled "Divider Tab Inserts 5-Tab" rather than being labelled with the product number.

Click on the appropriate product number or title and then click on the "New Document" button on the right-hand side. This will open a Word document that has the tabs on it.

Type the labels on the tabs in your template, then put the sheet of labels for the tabs into your printer and print your document. Add the labels to the tabs.


Read the instructions that come in the box for how to put the sheet of labels in your printer so it prints the labels correctly.

Things You'll Need

  • Avery tab divider sheet
  • Computer with Microsoft Word software
  • Printer
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