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Easily Measure Odd Size Paper and Envelopes

Odd Sized Paper and Envelope Template Measuring ToolThis printable template makes it super easy to measure odd sized paper and envelopes!

My wife loves to send greeting cards—unfortunately, the envelopes come in a variety of sizes. Before I developed my Odd Size Paper and Envelope Template, she would sift through a desk drawer looking for a ruler, and then measure the sides of the envelope. Quite often she would come up with a measurement like 4 -3/8″. When she would enter those measurements into Microsoft Word’s Paper Size dialog, she either had to estimate the measurement to the nearest tenth of an inch (to enter it with the window controls) or divide the 8 into 3 to get .375 (to enter it with the keyboard). She also had to measure each side individually. (I admit that this isn’t a lot of work, but I think if we can make anything easier and more effecient, we should do so.)

With the Odd Size Paper and Envelope Template she simply places the corner of the envelope at the vertex and reads the measurements for height and width. The template is broken down into tenths of an inch instead of sixteenths like most rulers. We printed the template on cardstock and keep it under the printer so it is always handy and she doesn’t have to look for a ruler.

Simply print the Odd Size Paper and Envelope Template PDF file to make your paper measuring easier. (Printer dialogue options vary depending on which program you use to view and print PDF files. Make sure that you turn off any page scaling or shrinking options or else the measurements will not be accurate. You can use a regular ruler to check this after printing if in doubt.) If you have comments for how the template could be improved, or if you find it useful, please let me know.

For those who are interested, I created this file several years ago using an inexpensive CAD program called CadStd. This is a wonderfully inexpensive and easy to use CAD program that I can highly recommend for doing measured drawings.

6 Responses to “Easily Measure Odd Size Paper and Envelopes”

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    lifehack.org » Easily Measure Odd Size Paper and Envelopes Says:

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    Jack Gagnon Says:

    Does your wife’s printer allow her to specify these odd size in the printer dialogue box? If so is she using Windows XP and what printer does she use? I have a Brother printer which used to let me specify sizes such as 110 mm X 145 mm but the Windows XP driver will not allow that feature any longer.

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    rickyspears Says:

    Jack – She has an HP Deskjet 5550. I think that she can choose the paper size in the printer dialgoue box, but she always just does it from within the Page Setup properties inside Word. Good luck!

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    Joni Friedmnan Says:

    I had 8.5 x 11 card stock cut in 3 so I can print note
    cards and now i can’t figure out how to print them. I have Word on both my Mac and PC (XP) and I’m stuck.
    any suggestions would be welcome. Thanks

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    rickyspears Says:

    Joni – I have no idea what you mean by “8.5 x 11 card stock cut in 3″. Without understanding that, I can’t help you.

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    Dan Says:

    I used this for 2 different sized Engagement Party cards. I was confused when using a ruler. I searched and came across your template. It worked great. Thank you!

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