How to Print on Index Cards

Index cards can be used for a variety of things from recipes to flashcards. Learn how you can print on these handy-sized cards in this article.

Instructions

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Before purchasing index cards, check your printer to see the smallest size you can configure it to. Some printers won't print on the smaller 3"x5" cards. If this is the case, you can still print on the larger 4"x6" cards.

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Place a stack of index cards in your printer tray and move the printer guide up against them to let your printer know it's loaded with index cards.

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Open your word processing software--you may have MS Word, OpenOffice or MS Works on your computer.

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For MS Word, click on the "Page Layout" tab.

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Click on "Size" in MS Word. Set the size to either 3"x5" or 4"x6" depending on the size card you purchased. There is an index card setting.

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Change the margins in MS Word to be no more than 1/2" all the way around.

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Change the page orientation to "Landscape."

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If you are using OpenOffice, click on the "Format" tab on the top of the page. On the drop down list, select "Page." Here you will be able to change the page size and define the margins. Set the page orientation to "Landscape."

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If you are using MS Works, click on "File" and then select "Page Setup" from the drop down menu. Click on the "Size, Source & Orientation" tab to select the size and landscape orientation. Then, set your margins.

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Create your index card text.

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Click on the "Print" tab.