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How to Make Flash Cards Using Microsoft Word

by Filonia LeChat

The next time you’re preparing for an exam, learning lines for a play or studying up on office procedures, give yourself a portable way to review on the go by making flash cards. Flash cards are stacks of small cards with a question or quiz prompt on one side and an answer on the other. Use them yourself or with friends to prepare. Take advantage of your computer’s Microsoft Word software to make quick review cards in a flash.

Step 1

Open Microsoft Word, which defaults an 8.5-inch by 11-inch page on the screen. Click the “Page Layout” tab at the top of the screen and click the “Size” button.

Step 2

Choose one of the smaller size options, such as 4 inches by 6 inches or 5 inches by 7 inches; Word automatically adjusts the page size to your selection.

Step 3

Type your flash card question or prompt on the card, such as “Which breed of cats were originally used as mousers on sailing ships?”

Step 4

Highlight the words. Click the “Home” tab at the top of the screen. Enlarge the text size, in the “Font” category on the toolbar, so that the words take up most of the card. Change the font and text color as preferred.

Step 5

Position your cursor at the end of the prompt sentence. Press the “Ctrl” and “Enter” keys together, creating a new card.

Step 6

Type the flash card answer, such as “The Maine Coon breed,” on the card. Highlight the words and increase their font size to make the answer easy to read.

Click the “File” tab, select “Save As,” give the flash cards a name and save the file to your computer. To make more cards, keep pressing “Ctrl” and “Enter” to add additional cards.

Tip

  • Many basic, inexpensive home printers can’t handle double-sided printing. To print your cards, you’ll need to print one side, flip the paper over and print the other, then trim them to fit. Another option is to print the individual pages and glue them to a same-sized index card on either side.

Items you will need

  • Microsoft Office Word 2007

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About the Author

Fionia LeChat is a technical writer whose major skill sets include the MS Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher), Photoshop, Paint, desktop publishing, design and graphics. LeChat has a Master of Science in technical writing, a Master of Arts in public relations and communications and a Bachelor of Arts in writing/English.

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