How to Format Microsoft Word to Print on Multiple Index Cards

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How to Format Microsoft Word to Print on Multiple Index Cards
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Index cards have been used for a long time to keep track of information and as study tools. By using computers to design and print index cards, it is easier than ever to quickly produce notes and study guides. Microsoft Word allows you to print on multiple index cards at once to save time and increase convenience. Templates are available to aid in printing index card sheets from popular manufacturers.

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Things you need

  • Blank index card sheets

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  1. 1

    Click the "Microsoft Office" button in the top-right of the screen.

  2. 2

    Click "New." Scroll down to the bottom of the list in the left pane and select "More Templates." In the middle pane, scroll down and select "Flash Cards." This will bring up all the templates in the Office Online template gallery.

  3. 3

    Scroll through the selections until you locate a template that will work with the type of index card sheets you want to use. The compatible types are listed under the thumbnail image. Select the template.

  4. 4

    Read the license agreement in the right pane and click "I Accept." Click "Download" in the bottom-right of the "New Document" window. The template will open for immediate use. The template will also download to your templates folder and be stored for future use.

  5. 5

    Create your index cards.

  6. 6

    Place the index card sheets in the printer paper tray.

  7. 7

    Click the "Microsoft Office" button and select "Print." Choose the printer, page range and number of copies. Click "OK."

Tips and warnings

  • Print a test sheet to check that the margins are correct on the sheet. If the margins are off, adjust them by dragging the margins to the proper location on the template. This might take a few tries depending on your printer, but once correct, the process will not need to be repeated as long as you use the same printer.
  • If you can't locate the proper template on the Office website, check the index card sheet vendor's website for a compatible template.

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