I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this for a while and now that I finally figured it I thought I’d document it 🙂 Hope someone finds this useful! Also a great way to print out cards for board games on both sides This may seem like a very tedious process but it’s nice when you are printing 100-200 cards. Also P.S. my printer messed up a couple of times and I had to re-print some of the words by deleting the messed up prints. Sorting/aligning words and definitions and printing again.
I got a bit of help from the links below
Changing layout of word document: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NI0MG05OojQ
Using Mailing merge document: https://smallbusiness.chron.com/merge-excel-data-word-documents-54185.html
Center text vertically: https://www.howtogeek.com/240521/how-to-center-text-vertically-on-the-page-in-microsoft-word/
1) Preparing the excel spreadsheet
- Open a new spreadsheet and on sheet 1 place two columns with headers “front” and “back”
- Now fill in the corresponding information for front on column 1 and back on column 1
2) Preparing the word document
- File> New blank document
- Layout>Page Setup>bottom right corner
- Margins Tab
- Change margins to 0.5″
- change to landscape
- Paper Tab
- width: 8″
- height 5″
- Layout Tab
- Change Page Vertical alignment to Center
- Click OK
3) Import/Auto-fill with Excel words
Mailings Tab> star mail merge >Start Mail Merge> Step by step mail merge wizard
step 1 Select Document –> Letters
step 2 Select Starting document –> use current document
step 3 Select recipients –> use and existing list and browse for excel sheet (with header in sheet one with one column)
step 4 Write your letter –> click on…more items and select column header and press insert
step 4b –> Now format the text size( ~100) and set align horizontally
step 5 Preview your letters –> Nothing really to change, click next
step 6 complete merge –> Click on “Edit Individual Letters” Merge records, select ALL
* Now fix any of the cards where the text is overflowing into the next card. Highlight and change text size to something smaller.
4) Print front of cards
- Now you should be able to print these cards in the order they appear in the excel column
- Note: Also there seems to be a error in the last card with it not being centered. Print a blank card at the end of the list.
5) Back Side
- Repeat with Column 2 inserting “back” instead of “Front”
- Generate another set of pages with the back text on all the cards. Font size should be about 30 depending on the index card size and amount of text.
- Make a note of how your printer is printing relative to how you load the index cards into the paper feed
- Load the cards in order of how you previously printed the words or the definitions won’t match up
- Repeat this guide to create a set of cards with the definitions based on the excel sheet.