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Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions that are not answered below,
please call us at 1.888.822.7669 (888-TABS-NOW)
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Q. SAVINGS: How can I save money on my order today?

A. We have two ways to SAVE you money:

  1. You give us 5 working days and we will give you a 5% discount on your order;
  2. You give us 10 working days and we will give you a 15% discount on your order.

Working days are Monday thru Friday, not including Holidays. See Rules.

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Q. Choose number of tabs per set:

A. If you have 5 tabs, select the 5 tabs per set and you will be directed to the detail and pricing you need.  As another example suppose your set has 14 tabs, you would select the 14 tab option

If you need a set of tabs with more than 20 tabs per set, of course, please call Index Products at 800-322-4747 or 562-944-6300.


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Q.   What is a Set of Tabs?

A. A set of tabs is the complete collection of all the tabs used in your project. For example: A set of 5 tabs consists of a separate tab for each title: [1] CHAPTER 1, [2] CHAPTER 2, [3] CHAPTER 3, [4] CHAPTER 4, [5] CHAPTER 5 — A set can have as few or many tabs as you need to organize your project.
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Q. How do I Choose Number of Sets?

A. Click on the box and the quantity options will appear. Based on your intended use, please select the appropriate number of sets to match the number of books needing index tab sets. So if you have 1,000 books, order 1,000 sets. Your unit price is shown next to each quantity. Once the number of sets is selected the Total Price will be updated to reflect your needs.


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Q. What Size are the Tabs?

A. The tabs are designed for use with 8.5 x11 standard letter size paper.
The standard side tabs have an 8.5x11 body size and a 9x11 overall size;
The standard bottom tabs have 8.5x11 body size and a 8.5x11.5 overall size.

Standard Tab Dimensions

If you need tabs for a ½ size book, no problem, just add a CUSTOMER COMMENT letting us know you have a special request and that you need the body size to be 5.5’’x8.5’’ and 6”x8.5” including the tab extension; the PDF proof will indicate the size, so carefully check this when you review your proof.

Half Size Tab Dimensions

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Q. How do I choose the Cut?

A. Choose the CUT based on the number of titles and the amount of space needed for each title.  The cut represents the number of tab positions in a full bank (row of tabs).   For example 5th cut tabs would have 5 positions in the bank; whereas 10th cut tabs would have 10 positions in the bank.  As you click on the cut, you will see an image of the bank of tabs represented by the cut you select / click.

Cut Sample

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Q. What is Edge Reinforcing?

A. This a 9/16" strip of mylar laminated to the back side of the binding edge of the sheet. It is used to strengthen the sheet. Applying edge reinforcing to the tab sheet will minimize the probability a tab will be torn off the rings. This is a wise investment if the tabs are going to be used frequently.

Edge Reinforcement

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Q. What is Collation?

A. Collation is the gathering of different tabs into sets.  You can gather the tabs either starting with the first or last tab.


The sequence, 1,2,3,4,5…1,2,3,4,5…1,2,3,4,5 represents a STRAIGHT SEQUENCE COLLATION.

Collated Straight


The reverse sequence, 5,4,3,2,1…5,4,3,2,1…5,4,3,2,1 represents a REVERSE SEQUENCE COLLATION.

Collated Reverse


Uncollated tabs would be stacks of the same tab.


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Q. What is Standard 2 or 3 Hole & Hole Location?

A. "Standard 3-hole Side” has 3 holes on the 11” SIDE edge,  5/16” diameter holes, spaced 4.25” center to center

Standard 3-hole Side

“Standard 2-hole Side” has 2 holes on the 11” SIDE edge,  5/16” diameter holes, spaced 2.75” center to center

Standard 2 Hole Side

“Standard 2-hole Top” has 2 holes on the 8.5” TOP edge,  5/16” diameter holes, spaced 2.75” center to center

Standar 2 Hole Top

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Q. What is the differences in paper?

A. We offer two shades of paper: 100# manila or 100# white; the paper is Forestry Council Certified and contains recycled content.

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Q. What do I place in the Tab 1 Title Field?

A. This is where the image meets the paper.  You enter your tab titles exactly as you want to read them, we will typeset these and provide you a PDF proof for your review containing the artwork, specifications.  You then have the opportunity to review the tabs and decide whether the artwork is perfect or perhaps may need changes.
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Q. What are the Mylar Colors?

Warm Red
Lt Gray
Dark Yellow
Lt Yellow
Dark Blue
Med Blue
Lt Blue
Dark Green
Med Green
Lt Green
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