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  • Writer's picturePrem Sundaram

How to Create and Print Index Cards on Windows using NoteDex, not with Microsoft Word or Google Docs

Do you have a love-hate relationship with creating index cards on Windows? They're great for organizing thoughts, but handwriting them can be tedious, and using Microsoft Word or Google Docs to make them can cause formatting headaches. Luckily, there's a better way! NoteDex is available as a Windows program and makes it easy to create and print index cards, without the fuss of other programs. In this blog post, we'll walk you through how to use NoteDex to create and print your own index cards on Windows, all without pulling out your hair in frustration!

Introduction to NoteDex and Index Cards

NoteDex is a dedicated app that allows users to create, organize, share, and print index cards on all their devices. It provides an efficient and user-friendly alternative to using Microsoft Word or Google Docs for printing index cards. NoteDex offers a simple interface that actually looks like an Index Card, and makes it easy to work with for creating and printing index cards, which puts its users into a state of index card happiness. You can even add text to the back of a card, just like the real thing!

Printing note cards can be great for brainstorming or studying, and NoteDex enables users to print index cards quickly and easily. It also allows users to view and access their index cards on any device, making it a convenient and accessible tool for anyone who needs to create index cards. Whether you want to type down notes or use handwriting, NoteDex offers a variety of editing tools and features to make your index cards stand out. Unlike traditional index cards, digital ones can be easily searched, tagged, and filtered, making it easier for you to find the information you need. Overall, NoteDex is a versatile and convenient tool that can help you stay organized and efficient.

Formatting Text on Index Cards with NoteDex

Formatting text on index cards with NoteDex is a breeze. With its user-friendly interface, users can easily customize their text style, font size, and alignment. Text formatting options are conveniently located on the top toolbar, which makes it easy to customize text while creating cards.

Users can also add images into their cards, and the text will not be affected by the image - giving you true flexibility unlike using Word. This feature is especially useful for creating flashcards or noting down vital information while studying. Additionally, NoteDex allows users to adjust the sizing and placement of images to best suit their needs.

Text can be added and resized using convenient up and down font size, and you can set the following text options on a NoteDex digital index card:

  • Bold, Italic, Underline and Strikethrough

  • Font Style (a variety of cross-platform fonts are available)

  • Font Size

  • Font Color

  • Text Highlight Color

  • Left, Center, Right and Full text justification

  • Numeric and Bullet Point List

  • Tables

  • Hyperlinks

  • Subscript and Superscript

  • Symbols

NoteDex Index Card Text Formatting Options

You can also change the card color, add images, change the background image for a card (you can use some of the in-built card templates that give lines or grids to a card, or you can use your own image for a card background). You can also toggle the red line of a card and set a card as a favorite.

Another key feature of NoteDex is the ability to adjust the font size to fit more text on a single card, making it an excellent tool for taking lecture notes as well.

Adding Images to Index Cards in NoteDex

Adding to index cards in NoteDex is a great way to make more visual notes Inserting images can help users recall important details at a moment’s notice, such as faces, places, or product labeling. To add an image to an index card, first, create a new or open an existing card in NoteDex. Select the "Insert Image" option in the card editing toolbar, and then choose the image from your computer’s file directory. You can also drag and drop the image directly onto the card. To resize the image, select it and drag the corner of the image until it reaches your desired size. Use the shift-key to keep proportions while you drag and resize. Images can be easily deleted or replaced with another image by selecting it and choosing the appropriate option in NoteDex’s editing toolbar.

Using Digital Pen with NoteDex Index Cards

One of the best and unique things about NoteDex Index Cards is that users can create cards with digital ink, and that these cards can be edited and viewed on any other computer. Even though you may be creating a handwritten index card using NoteDex on Windows, you can view and edit that card on a Mac, iPad, Android or on web. The NoteDex team use a very advanced inking engine that is cross-platform. Unlike if you use other apps on say an iPad that use the Apple Pen system which is only compatible with other iOS devices. NoteDex is the only app with true cross-platform inking capability, enabling users to access it on Windows, Mac, iPad, smartphones, tablets, or any web browser.

You can bring up NoteDex Index Cards app on one side of the screen the other, and keep say a web browser open on the other side, and then use your digital pen to create or edit cards based on the content you are viewing.

Create Handwritten Index Cards with NoteDex

Exporting and Printing Index Cards as PDF

To export and print index cards as a PDF using NoteDex, the user can follow a few simple steps. The first step is to select the index cards they want to export from NoteDex. Once the selection is made, the user can export the cards as a PDF file. NoteDex allows the user to customize the size and layout of the cards before exporting.

After the PDF file is generated, the user can choose to print the index cards using a PDF viewer or printer software. NoteDex allows the user to select the print format, such as one card per page or multiple cards per page. The user can also choose the paper size and type that they want to print on.

It is important to ensure that the printer is compatible with the selected paper size and type. NoteDex provides a checklist to ensure that the user has all the necessary information before printing. This includes checking if the printer is capable of double-sided printing and if it can handle the chosen paper size.

By following these steps, the user can export and print index cards easily and efficiently using NoteDex. Whether for personal or professional use, NoteDex makes it simple to create and print customized index cards.

Compatibility with Windows Devices and Microsoft Surface Pro

NoteDex is a fantastic digital tool for creating and printing index cards on Windows devices, including the Microsoft Surface Pro. This cross-platform app allows users to organize, share, and print index cards and flashcards on any device. With NoteDex, students can create and customize their own flashcards, ensuring that they cover all the information needed for their studies. One great feature of NoteDex is its compatibility with the Microsoft Surface Pro's digital pen. By using the pen, students can create index cards in their own handwriting, helping to reinforce the information in their minds. Plus, with true cross-platform inking capability, users can access NoteDex on any device and always have their study materials at their fingertips.

Microsoft Surface Pro with Pen Stylus

Why NoteDex is better than using Microsoft Word or Google Docs for Making Index Cards

NoteDex is a dedicated app for index cards that comes with many features that make it better than using Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Firstly, creating index cards using Word or Google Docs can be tedious, while NoteDex makes it easier with its dedicated interface for creating note cards. Secondly, NoteDex has a cross-platform inking capability that is unmatched by Word or Google Docs, making note-taking more interactive and reinforcing.

Thirdly, NoteDex allows users to organize their cards into groups and stacks, something that Word or Google Docs doesn't offer. This feature is particularly helpful for users who want to categorize their index cards according to specific topics. Fourthly, NoteDex has unlimited index card capacity, unlike Word or Google Docs, which may have limitations on the number of index cards that can be created.

Finally, NoteDex enables users to print their cards to PDF format with ease. This is one area where Word or Google Docs can be particularly challenging, with users often having to adjust printer settings and paper sizes to get the desired print outcome.


In conclusion, printing index cards can be a complicated process when using Microsoft Word or Google Docs on Windows. However, with NoteDex, the process is much simpler and stress-free. Although there are still some things to consider when selecting the size and type of paper you want to use, NoteDex simplifies these steps seamlessly. It also allows you to save your index cards to a PDF format and select your desired printing format. This way, you can print your cards without any hassles. Overall, NoteDex is an excellent alternative to Microsoft Word or Google Docs when it comes to creating and printing index cards on Windows.


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