How to Print Tab Dividers

By Heather Wilkins

Organization is vital to making a powerful presentation and working efficiently. Individual dividers are an expedient way to quickly label all of your file folders or create multiple copies of a file set. Full-page dividers are eye-catching and impressive for student reports, business presentations or user manuals. Use Word 2013 to print individual dividers or full-page dividers.

Things You'll Need

  • Sheet of individual tab dividers
  • Card stock

Print Individual Dividers

Step 1

Download a template for your tab dividers. For instance, if you are using an Avery product, go to its website, search for "dividers" and select a template.

Step 2

Open the template in Word 2013. If the template opens in Protected View, click the "Enable Editing" button.

Step 3

Type in the text you want on each divider. You can format the text as you would in a normal Word document.

Step 4

Insert pictures or colored boxes from the Insert tab. Add gradients and textures to the boxes from the Format tab. Although you want to make the tabs more appealing visually, be sure the text is still legible.

Step 5

Load your printer with a blank piece of paper. Click "File" and then "Print." The Print screen opens with a print preview. Review the document and click the "Print" button.

Step 6

Overlay the piece of paper on a sheet of your tabs. Make sure that everything aligns correctly. If necessary, make adjustments to the top or left margins in Word.

Step 7

Print the tabs using your sheet of tabs.

Print Full-Page Dividers

Step 1

Download Direct Print dividers from the MS Office template page (see References). Open the template in Word 2013. If the template opens in Protected View, click the "Enable Editing" button.

Step 2

Click on wording, such as "Company Name" or "Tab Title Here," to customize it. Highlight and replace the text. Do this for every page divider.

Step 3

Click on a picture to select it. Click the "Format" tab. You can recolor the picture, change its position on the page, or add shadows to it. To delete the picture, select it and press "Delete." To insert a different picture, click the "Insert" tab and click the "Pictures" button. Browse to and select a picture.

Step 4

Click on a colored box to change the color scheme of the divider. Click the "Format" tab. Click the "Shape Fill" button and select a different color. From this menu, you can also change the gradient or texture of the box. From the Format tab, you can change the box's shape, add shadows or apply 3D effects.

Step 5

Apply the same changes to each tab to keep the whole look consistent. You may want to apply a different color to each divider, however, to make each section stand out.

Step 6

Click "File," then "Print" to open the Print screen and see the print preview. Check the print preview to make sure you are satisfied with the dividers. Load your printer with card stock or a heavier weight paper. Click the "Print" button to print the dividers.