How to Make Flash Cards on Word

By Filonia LeChat

The ease of use that Microsoft Word 2013 provides can get you composing documents on virtual paper in just a click, but creating different types of documents is almost as quick. Use Word templates, included with the software, to get up and running on reminder cards, which you can use to jog your memory in a presentation, study for school and anything else you need to test yourself. With Word’s note card templates, you’ll be creating flash cards in a flash.

Step 1

Launch Word 2013 and type “flash cards” into the Search box on the splash screen. Scroll through the available templates or use the Category options on the right of the screen. You can also be more specific with your search term, such as “vocabulary flash cards,” but will receive fewer results. Double-click a template close to what you’re looking to work on and it opens in the Word window.

Step 2

Highlight the main instance of text on the first flash card on the page, which may have generic words such as “Your Number Here.” Type the item for the flash card, such as a vocabulary word, numbers in an equation or scientific fact. To remove unwanted text boxes from the card, click once on the text box’s border and press the “Delete” key. This is also how you remove unwanted decoration elements that come on the flash card template.

Step 3

Adjust the size of the text in the text box using the “Font” and “Font size” menus in the Font section of the Home tab’s ribbon. Many flash cards have very large text on one side, making it easy for you to quickly see.

Step 4

Right-click a graphic included on the flash card and choose “Change Picture.” To add an image of your own, such as using flash cards to identify custom objects you’ve taken pictures of, click the “Pictures” button, browse to and double-click the picture. You can also use the included clip art library, called “Online Pictures,” to add image hints to your flash cards. To add an image instead of changing one, click the “Insert” tab and choose either “Pictures” to add your own or “Online Pictures.”

Step 5

Click the “Design” tab for options on customizing the flash card style. Click the “Colors” or “Themes” button to vary from the template’s designs and experiment with the “Fonts,” “Effects” and “Page Color” buttons. Try colors that help rev your interest, keep you awake, or are conceptually linked to the subject matter.

Step 6

Move into the next flash card on the template. Start the process over by typing the next flash card word, definition, hint or other text. Change the picture and make any other design changes as desired. You may also want to type the “answer,” where applicable, to a question you typed for the first flash card. After they’re printed, you can then assemble them front to back.

Step 7

Add additional text, images and design to the rest of the flash cards on the template, which vary depending on the template chosen. Save the Word document to your network, computer or OneDrive.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you want to have multiples of the same flash card, such as when making decks for multiple users, copy everything on the first flash card you make by highlighting the entire card with your mouse. Right-click the highlight and choose “Copy.” Highlight everything on the next generic flash card on the template, right-click and choose “Paste.” Your newly-created flash card will paste over the generic one. Repeat for the rest of the flash cards on the template.
  • These instructions are written for Microsoft Word 2013 users. Earlier or later versions of the software may behave differently, including where to find templates and graphics, as well as the main start splash screen.