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Use index cards for a range of office, personal, or school work. Use them as reference cards for making speeches. Jot down subjects and page numbers for book indexes, or materials and bin locations for inventories. Use different color note cards to code project tasks and milestones, or to pin notices prominently on walls. Cards come in several different sizes for any stationery need. Read More

The versatility of index cards

Many cards contain ruled lines, with a red margin line at the top and blue ledger lines running horizontally in the field. Ruled note cards are ideal for annotating handwritten entries for indexes, catalogs, or file folders. Blank index cards without ruled lines are ideal for writing eye-catching notices or instructions with bold markers and highlighters. Although most note cards go hand in hand with pens and pencils, some are available specifically for output with inkjet and laser printers. Both ruled and non-ruled cards come in a rainbow of neon and pastel colors, so they’re ideal for color-coding file contents and inventories or for personalizing whatever stationery supplies fit individual tastes.

Note cards in specific sizes

Cards are available in four basic sizes

  • 4 x 6 inches
  • 3 x 5 inches
  • 5 x 3 inches
  • 5 x 8 inches

These sizes simply give you a range of options for using the index cards. You may want to use smaller cards for referring to notes inconspicuously during speeches. You may want larger cards for signs or announcements. Vertically oriented cards may provide the space you need for long lists or number-crunching along with calculators. Horizontally oriented cards may be better for lengthy annotations.

Cost-saving multi-card packages

Ruled and blank index cards are essential office and school supplies. That’s why leading papers and stationery manufacturers like Avery and Oxford make them available in multi-card packs containing anywhere from 50 to 1,000 note cards at a time. Make sure you have plenty on hand, particularly for classroom projects.

Note card accessories

Several office supplies are repository items for notecards. They include single and two-drawer metal card file containers from trusted names like Steelmaster, as well as plastic flip top boxes from manufacturers like Oxford. Other accompaniments for ruled and blank index cards include spiral-bound notebooks with inner sleeves for holding sets of cards, with plenty of binder paper for preparing draft contents using the cards. Index cards with title tabs are also available for organizing the contents of metal drawer files.

Some features of card paper

Note cards normally come in heavier-gauge paper to resist the bending and curling that may come from being handled so frequently. Some card stock is available in acid-free paper, so it’s archival-safe when stored with valuable ephemera like photographs. Other paper stock is bleed-proof so ink won’t smudge against other contents.