Wide Ruled Paper Template

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As the name implies, wide ruled lined paper has wider spacing between lines than other types of lined paper, such as college ruled or narrow ruled paper. Wide ruled paper is most commonly used by grade school children in the United States. But wide ruled lined paper isn’t just for kids - it is also the most practical writing paper choice of lined paper for anyone with larger handwriting. Our lined paper templates are available in different line colors and paper sizes.

Template Contents

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

US Letter

US Letter size paper (8.5” x 11.0”) with blue horizontal lines evenly spaced at .34 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 .34 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 .34 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 .34 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 .34 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 .34 inches, a black vertical margin line, and white background.

Wide Paper History

Paper has been traced back as far as Asia, circa 105 CE. Back then, papermaking was a long and manual process. But, through the years, almost all papermaking steps became automated. By the 14th century, paper was in high demand and paper mills were popping up all across Europe. With the invention of Gutenburg’s printing press (around 1450 CE), the paper industry really took off!

Likely, lined paper was first used two write musical scores. Fairly quickly though, wide ruled paper became popular to the world at large. Sources say that an English man named John Tetlow first patented a paper ruling machine, for music and other purposes, in 1770. By the early 1800s, lined paper had probably become mainstream.

Using Wide Ruled Paper

Choose a Paper Size

If you are a student in the United States, you might choose the “US Letter” or “Legal” size. US Letter size is the standard paper size used in schools throughout the United States and many other US territories. Legal size is the “other” common paper size, used mainly by US businesses and professionals. If you are outside of the US and its territories, you may opt for A4 paper size, which is the standard paper size accepted nearly everywhere else. After you’ve made your paper size selection, print the notebook paper and put the pages in a binder or clipboard to create a wide ruled notebook.

General Use

No matter which paper size you choose, all templates are evenly spaced at .34 inches, which makes it “wide ruled” lined paper. Wide ruled lined paper allows you to write larger because the lines are spaced further apart. Wide ruled paper is ideal for young children learning to write by hand because they have more space between lines to experiment with their new skills. You need not worry if you fill out the page quicky - print as many blank pages as you’d like.

Wide Ruled Paper Origami

There are so many other ways to use wide ruled paper. Ideas include -

  • Use the lines on the paper as guides for creating origami. Instructables.com provides step by step instructions.
  • Play tic tac toe, connect the dots, and other fun pen and paper games.
  • Doodle.
  • Write a note to your secret crush (in big bold letters).
  • Illustrate concepts and ideas.
  • Print out blank filler paper sheets and design your own composition book.
  • Draft charts and graphs.
  • Type a letter or take notes in Excel and use the lined paper worksheets as a retro notebook theme background.

Why the Line?

The 1 inch margin line on the left hand side of the page serves as an old-fashioned indent for your text. Also, if you plan on punching holes in your notebook paper, you would do so behind the margin line, where writing does not usually take place. The vertical margin line makes it easy to align your text. You may also decide to make additional side notes, to the left of the margin line.

Wide Ruled Paper Margin Line

Customize

Change Paper Size

If you require a different paper size than what is offered in this template, you can easily change paper size, using options from the “Page Setup” menu.

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

Decorate your paper with your favorite background colors and line colors!

Listed below are some Excel tutorials for changing background color, line style, and line color

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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