How to Set Up Microsoft Word Documents to Create Tabs & Dividers

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How to Set Up Microsoft Word Documents to Create Tabs & Dividers
Set up tabs and dividers in Microsoft Word. (row of a4 files image by Scrivener from

Dividers are an efficient way to organise files and paperwork. You can label your files with tabs or dividers, so they're easier to find. Instead of writing the labels by hand, try typing them out. This can save you time if you're working on a huge project, and make your files look more professional. You can create the tabs or dividers in Microsoft Word. Once you've set up the document, you can format your text exactly the way you want.

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Things you need

  • Tab divider labels

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  1. 1

    Check your divider for the correct measurements. Then select "Tools," "Letters and Mailings" and "Envelopes and Labels" from the toolbar in Microsoft Word.

  2. 2

    Pick the "Labels" tab and select the "Options" button in the "Envelopes and Labels" dialogue box.

  3. 3

    Scroll through the product numbers for dividers in the list, checking the "Label information" section in the "Label Options" dialogue box, until you find the correct or closest match. To update the measurements, click on the "Details..." button, then update the dimensions to match your tabs. You'll see a preview of the label in the dialogue box. Press "OK" to return to the "Label Options" dialogue box.

  4. 4

    Press "OK" to return to the "Envelopes and Labels" dialogue box.

  5. 5

    Click on "Full sheet of the same label" and select "New Document." A blank template of the dividers will be added to your page.

  6. 6

    Type in your contents, styling the text the way you want. Then save and/or print the tabs.

Tips and warnings

  • You may have to adjust your settings to make the contents fit on your dividers properly.

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