How to Make Flashcards on Word

Use a template to make printable flash cards

Flashcards are a wonderful learning tool both for children and adults. But writing each one out by hand can be time consuming, so why not use Microsoft Word to make your own flashcards? It’s easy to make flashcards on Word and then just print them out ready to use.

The instructions in this article apply to Microsoft Word 2019, Microsoft 365, and Word 2016.

Make Your Own Flashcards 

While older versions of Microsoft Word had simple flashcard or index card templates, it seems those templates were no longer available as of Word 2016. No need to fret because making flashcards on Word is still really easy to do, and you can save your flashcards as a template as well. 

flashcards on a silver ring

This is also a great tool for teachers to create flashcards for their students without having to spend their already limited amount of time and resources making them.

  1. Open Microsoft Word and select a new blank document.

    home screen of Microsoft Word
  2. Click Layout Tab, this is going to allow you to resize the page into a more proper flashcard size.

    layout tab in Microsoft word
  3. Under Layout > Orientation, select Landscape.

    Selecting Landscape orientation.
  4. In Layout > Size, select 4”x 6” size. This will give you the perfect size for printable flashcards. 

    size drop down menu in Microsoft Word
  5. Type out what you want the card to say and press Ctrl + Enter to create a new card. This is where you write the response for the first card if necessary or create a new card. 

  6. Also, remember you can go to the Design tab and add a theme, colors, and effects to the flashcards if you need them to stand out a bit, or make them colorful.

How to Make Index Cards from the Envelopes & Labels Printing Settings

Another easy way to make index cards is by using the envelopes and labels printing settings in Microsoft Word 2016. Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Start with a blank document in Word and go to the Mailings tab.

    Selecting the Mailings tab in MS Word.
  2.  Select the Labels option in the top left of the Mailings tab.

    Selecting Labels in MS Word.
  3. A window will open up, click the Labels tab, and select the Options button.

    labels options in MS Word.
  4. Now select Index Cards from the menu. To the right of the selection, you will see the measurements for the index card. 

    Index card settings in MS Word.

Printer Settings for Flashcards on Word 

Now that you are done creating the cards, it’s time to have them all printed out. If you have the style of flashcards where you need one side with a question or statement and the opposite side to have the answer, then you will want to turn on double-sided printing. If you just need to have the information or image printed on one side of the card, then make sure you have double-sided printing turned off. 

Go to File > Print. Now just choose the size you selected for the cards: 3.5 x 5 or 4x6. You might want to select Narrow Margins for the flash cards.

Save the Flashcards as a Microsoft Word Template

Even though the steps to create flashcards are simple to follow, it will make life easier if you just save this file as a template. This way, you can always jump right into the formatted document and just insert the new information you need for the new index cards.

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