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Index Guides

Accurate filing requires clear labels, and file guides keep folders organized in cabinets, catalogs, and drawers. They come in sizes that match most documents and have easy-to-read tabs in styles that handle a variety of archival needs. Browse the file folders and office supplies available at Staples® and find index guides that keep your business or personal records neatly labeled and cataloged.

Divide and Conquer Organizational Tasks With File Guides
The primary purpose of file dividers is to provide visual reference points to users. Their tab-style labels indicate where to find specific information and where to return documents when they're no longer needed. Tabs extend about 0.5 inches above the edge of archived pages. They're easy to read and still fit inside standard vertical or horizontal file cabinet drawers. Guides with staggered tab layouts provide an unobstructed view of each label. Center-tab dividers may be easier to scan. They're excellent options for card catalogs or contact lists.

File Guides Offer Versatile Labeling
A variety of preprinted label options makes it simple to set up an organizational system that matches any content. Choose lettered labels for personal or medical files and find a particular employee or patient record quickly, or use them to organize documents by author or title. Numbered tabs are ideal for tracking material associated with account or transaction numbers. Guides with month and day-of-month labels keep chronological records organized. Blank tags allow users to create custom file tags, and colored tabs enhance visual differentiation throughout the filing system.

What Are Out File Guides?
These products indicate the position of missing or checked-out files with a clear label. They're often brightly colored so users can quickly refile documents. Many have built-in folders that can hold material that belongs in the missing file, and some have embossed tracking sheets that indicate who is responsible for the checked-out records.

What Size File Guides Are Available?
These products include letter and legal-sized dividers that meet most home or business filing needs. Small 3 x 5 to 5 x 8-inch index guides organize materials such as contact cards, recipes, or cross-referencing indexes.

How Big Are Tabs on File Guides?
Most folders and dividers have labels that take up either a third or a fifth of the edge of the page. One-third cut tabs provide plenty of space for custom labels, while one-fifth cut tags may offer more visual clarity in archival systems that use an alphabetic or numeric labeling system.

Are File Guides Durable?
Dividers feature materials that withstand frequent handling such as pressboard and manila paper. Pressboard is thicker and stronger, making it a good choice for cataloging active files. Manila paper is a cost-effective divider material that can keep stored documents or personal files that only see occasional use organized. Some products have poly-coated or metal tabs that protect exposed labels from wear and tear.

Are File Guides Eco-friendly?
Many of these products contain recycled paper and post-consumer waste, which reduces the new resources used in production and keeps paper trash out of landfills. Most recycling programs accept manila paper and pressboard, reducing office waste.
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Smead Out Guide Printed Forma Style, 1/5-Cut Tab Center Position, Guide Height, Letter Size, Manila, 100/Box (51910)
Item : 510503 / Model : 51910
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  • Put an end to lost files
  • Tab is printed with OUT and 75 entry lines on each side
  • Red tab stands out from surrounding files
42.39 $42.39
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Smead® Pressboard Guides, Plain 1/3-Cut Tab (Blank), Legal Size, Gray/Green, 50/Box (52334)
Item : 508201 / Model : 52334
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  • Durable and versatile guides with blank top tabs
  • Ideal for numeric filing systems
  • Legal size 1/3-cut tab
47.99 $47.99
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Smead Pressboard Guides, Flat Metal 1/3-Cut Tab with Insert (Blank), Letter Size, Gray/Green, 50 per Box (50534)
Item : 79736 / Model : 50534
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  • Durable and versatile guides with blank metal top tabs
  • Ideal for numeric filing systems
  • Tab position: 3
62.59 $62.59
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Smead Vertical End Tab Guides, Blank, Letter, Green, 12 1/4"W x 9 1/2"H, 50/Bx
Item : 409589 / Model : 61635
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  • Durable metal tabs
  • Made from heavyweight 25 pt. pressboard stock for superior durability
  • 100% recycled content, 100% post-consumer waste
100.69 $100.69
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As low as 18.09 $18.09
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As low as 54.59 $54.59
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Smead® Top-Tab File Guides with Blank Tabs
Item : SS944076
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  • Available in 25 point green pressboard or 18 point manila stock
  • Available in 3 tab (or 1/3 cut) or 5 tab (or 1/5 cut)
As low as 33.39 $33.39
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Smead® End Tab Poly Out Guide, Two-Pocket Style, Center Position Tab, Extra Wide, Red
Item : SS940739
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  • "OUT" is embossed on the bottom end tab
  • Durable, rigid vinyl out guide in bright red for quick reference
  • Two pocket style with diagonal cut
As low as 85.29 $85.29
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As low as 31.29 $31.29
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