How to Create an Index Tab in Word


Microsoft Word gives users the ability to print on a wide range of paper medium. This flexibility allows users to create custom designs for use in projects such as stationary, envelopes and even divider index tabs. Index tabs make organizing information in file folders extremely easy and efficient. Creating the design with Word is a simple task and gives files a personalized and professional feel.

Things You'll Need

  • Blank index tab dividers
  • Ruler
  • Measure the index tab dividers and take note of the dimensions.

  • Open Microsoft Word and create a new document.

  • Select "Tools," then "Letters and Mailings" followed by "Envelopes and Labels" from the menu options.

  • Select "Labels" and click the "Options" button in the dialogue box.

  • Choose a label that matches the dimensions of your index tab dividers. Create a custom label if the available options do not match the correct dimensions by pressing the "Cancel" button and returning to the "Label Options" dialogue box. Select the printer type and click "New Label." Assign a label name, the proper dimensions and any additional options desired then click "OK."

  • Press "OK" in the "Label Options" dialogue box and select "Full sheet of the same label," then "New Document" to add a blank template of index tab dividers to the work area.

  • Enter the text to be used for the index tabs and apply any desired formatting options.

  • Save the index tab file for later use, or print the tabs after placing a blank sheet of tabs in the printer.

Tips & Warnings

  • Print one test sheet and make adjustments to the margins and other options as necessary.

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