How Do I Print 3 X 5 Index Cards?

By R.L. Cultrona

If you do any sort of public speaking, you probably use 3 by 5 cards to keep your notes organized. These cards are made of a thicker stock than normal 8 by 11 printer paper. The thicker stock makes the cards more durable, and the size makes them easier to refer to and carry around. Instead of handwriting your notes on a 3 by 5 card, you may want to consider printing them out on a word processor.

Basic Word Processing

Step 1

Open your word processing program. Click on the page setup area (this option will vary depending on which program you use).

Step 2

Change the margins of the page to 3 inches tall by 5 inches wide. Click on the "OK" button to return to your document.

Step 3

Type your notes for the 3 by 5 card. When complete, click on the "Print" menu for your program.

Step 4

Place an index card in the paper tray of the printer and slide the paper guide so it holds the card in place. Click on the "Print" button. The printer should grab the card and print what you typed. Repeat this process for all cards.

Using MS Word Label Wizard

Step 1

Purchase a package of presized "label" index cards. These usually come on perforated sheets of paper with several cards to a page.

Step 2

Open MS Word. Click on the "Tools" menu at the top of the screen and choose "Letters and Mailings" then "Envelopes and Labels."

Step 3

Click on the pull-down menu under label type. Scroll down to select the brand and stock number of your 3 by 5 cards then click "OK."

Step 4

Type your notes into the document which appears on the screen. This document should be set up like the perforated paper.

Step 5

Place a sheet of 3 by 5 card stock into the printer paper tray. Click on "File" from the top menu and select "Print." Click on the "OK" button to begin printing. Tear out the cards once they have finished printing.

Tips & Warnings

  • Since 3 by 5 cards are smaller than your average piece of paper, they have a greater chance of jamming up your printer. Monitor the print job to ensure it doesn't get stuck.