Notebook Paper Template

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As laptops get smaller and lighter, you might be wondering if anyone still uses notebooks to take notes. Laptops might seem like a no brainer, but studies show that students who take notes by hand often learn more and perform better on exams than students who take notes using a laptop. Writing notes by hand also helps you memorize concepts better and maintain focus by decreasing distractions that are inherent in electronic note taking. To help maximize your learning the old-fashioned way, we offer notebook paper printable in various line color and paper sizes.

Template Contents

Below is a list of worksheets included in this printable notebook paper template.

US Letter

US Letter size paper (8.5” x 11.0”) with blue horizontal lines evenly spaced at .25 inches, a red vertical margin line, and white background.

US Letter BW

US Letter size paper (8.5” x 11.0”) with gray horizontal lines evenly spaced at .25 inches, a black vertical margin line, and white background.

Legal

Legal size paper (8.5” x 14.0”) with blue horizontal lines evenly spaced at .25 inches, a red vertical margin line, and white background.

Legal BW

Legal size paper (8.5” x 14.0”) with gray horizontal lines evenly spaced at .25 inches, a black vertical margin line, and white background.

A4

A4 size paper (8.3” x 11.7”) with blue horizontal lines evenly spaced at .25 inches, a red vertical margin line, and white background.

A4 BW

A4 size paper (8.3” x 11.7”) with gray horizontal lines evenly spaced at .25 inches, a black vertical margin line, and white background.

A Short History of Loose Leaf

Loose leaf paper is paper that is not bound in place by an adhesive. It is usually organized in a 3-ring binder or spiral notebook. You may consider printing the lined notebook paper provided in this template and punching holes in it. If so, you would be carrying on the tradition of loose leaf paper.

Legend has it that loose leaf paper was invented in 1913 by a man named Richard Prentice Ettinger. Richard worked as a law clerk when he decided to cut old law pages out of a bound book, as tax laws became outdated. He later replaced the pages with updated laws and drilled holes through the paper to organize the pages in a binder. That binder would be used over and over as new laws were passed. The loose leaf notebook was born!

Using Notebook Paper

Choose a Paper Size

Our free printable includes the two paper sizes most commonly used in the United States and many US territories - “US Letter” and “Legal.” US Letter size is the standard size found in schools throughout the country. Legal, the second most common size in the US, is most often found in professional offices and other businesses. A4 paper size is the standard paper size accepted world-wide (except most US territories). After you’ve made your paper size selection, print the notebook paper and put the blank pages in a binder or clipboard.

General Use

No matter which paper size you choose, all lined paper is evenly spaced at .25 inches, which makes it a “narrow ruled” notebook paper. A narrow ruled notebook will allow you to write more words per page by forcing you to write smaller letters inside the narrow spaces between lines. You can type words in the worksheets in Excel, but unless you are looking for a “retro” notebook paper to type on, these printable worksheets are best used as blank notebook paper to write on by hand.

Notebook paper can be used in a myriad of different ways. You can keep a record of important dates and track your to-do list. Brainstorm new ideas, sketch concepts, and draw graphs. Create a book, a bullet journal, a meal planner, a journal, a notepad... If you run out of ideas, here are 15 different ways to use a blank notebook.

Why the Line?

You may wonder why there is a vertical margin line 1 inch from the left side of the page. Think of this as an old-school way of indenting your writing, the same way you would set a left hand document margin in an electronic word processor like Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Further, if you intend to punch holes in your notebook paper, you would do so behind the margin line where there is usually nothing written. Lastly, the vertical margin line makes it easy to align your text.

Notebook Paper Margin Line

Customize

Change Paper Size

If you require a paper size that is not included in the notebook paper template, you can easily change the paper size by visiting the “Page Setup” menu and selecting a new paper size.

Page Setup Paper Size

Tip: See this tutorial on how to change paper size:

https://support.office.com/en-ie/article/change-page-size-paper-size-or-page-orientation-in-publisher-f5061db1-5431-4836-8c77-0f47f47d37df

Note: If you change the paper size, some additional formatting, such as redefining print area, may be necessary.

Change Color Scheme

The white background and standard line color can be modified to fit your style. You can even add a holiday theme to your notebook paper, as shown below. Happy Halloween!

Notebook Paper Orange Background

Tip: Insert icons using the “Insert” menu. See this recording on how to insert icons.
Notebook Paper Insert Icons

Listed here are some quick tutorials on how to make changes to color and style.

Change Background Color

https://support.office.com/en-ie/article/add-or-change-the-background-color-of-cells-ac10f131-b847-428f-b656-d65375fb815e

Change Line Style and Color

https://support.office.com/en-ie/article/change-the-color-style-or-weight-of-a-line-f96364db-4e03-4d0d-9243-e19084e49253

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