Below is a step by step guide on how to create printed file folder labels for a polished and professional look.
AKorganizing recommends Avery 8066, 1/3 cut labels for this project. They come in sheets of 30 and cost about $30 for a pack of 750 labels. We also recommend Staples® Manila File Folders, 3 Tab cut with rounded corners (so they don’t snag). There are 100 to a box and are made with 30% post-consumer content and cost about $15.
•Open a New Document in MS Word
•Go to Mailings, click Labels, then Options
•In Options, choose the Product Number you are using (for example, Avery 8066)
•Where it says Print, choose full page of the same label, then New Document
•You’ll then have a full page of blank labels
•Type in the names of the labels you would like to create
•You can format the labels in the font, size and color that you like
•You will need to manually feed the sheet of labels in order to print (check the symbol on the tray to see whether to place the labels face up or face down)
•If your printer does not have a manual feed, you can put the sheet of labels in the paper tray
•Voila! You now have professional file folder labels
Tip: If you don’t know whether to place the labels face up or face down in the tray, take a blank sheet of paper and write something on it. Place it face up in the tray and print a test page of your labels. If the labels print on the side with the writing, you know to place your labels face up and visa versa.
Tip #2: If you are creating a new filing system, start with a fresh box of file folders, we recommend
Tip #3. If you already have a filing system and simply want to refresh your files, you can place your new printed file folder labels over the hand writing on the tab. If the writing is too large or bold to be covered by the label, you can turn the file folder inside out. You might want to change the folder if it has a lot of wear and tear.