How to Make 3 X 5 Note Cards With Microsoft Word

Microsoft Office and Avery both offer free templates that can be used to create index cards using Microsoft Word. You can, however, create your own index cards using the table feature in Microsoft Word and a pair of scissors. When printing them out, use card stock (heavier paper) so they are sturdier. Most printers can handle card stock if the paper is fed through its sheet feeder.

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Printing your own index cards ensures they are readable later.

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Adjust the margins on the Word document so they are 0.8 inches on the top and bottom and 3.75 inches on the right and left side.

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Insert a 1 x 3 table (one column with three rows.)

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Highlight the entire table so all three rows are selected.

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Right click on the table and select “Table Properties.”

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Click on the “Row” tab. Click on the box next to “Specify height.” Enter a 3 into the first box. After it says “Row height is:” select “exactly” versus “at least” Uncheck the box next to where it says “Allow row to break across pages.”

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Click on the “Column” tab. Change the preferred width so it reads 5 inches.

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Click “OK" at the bottom.

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Copy and paste the original table if you need more than three cards.

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Type in or design your index cards as desired.

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Print your cards on card stock. If you want to remove the lines before printing, right click on the table and select “Borders and Shading.” Under borders, select “None.” You may want to leave the lines between the rows to guide where to cut.

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Cut the cards so they measure 3 inches by 5 inches.