Buyer's Guide: Glossary for Index Tabs

Buyer's Guide: Glossary for Index Tabs
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A complete, single row of tabs. The number of tabs that fit along one bank is determined by the cut of the tab.

Binding Edge

The edge of the sheet to be bound.

Body Copy

Printing on the sheet, not including the tab extension.


Arranging of the tabs in sequential order.

Copier Tabs

Index tabs designed to run through a high-speed copier for customization.


The number of tabs that can fit along the bank. The cut is described as fractions. For example, if five tabs fit along the bank, the size of the tabs is described as one-fifth (1/5) cut.


The part of the tab that sticks out from the body or sheet.


A synthetic or semisynthetic material used as a coating on the tab extension. The mylar coating provides a reinforcement for the tab extension, creating a more durable product. Mylar is offered in a variety of colors.

Paper Weight

The standard weight that the paper index tabs is 90 lb. However, 110 lb. is readily available and becoming more popular.


The position of a tab within a complete bank of tabs. For example, the first tab in a bank of tabs is considered in the first position.


All tabs that go together into one individual book or binder. A set can be one bank of tabs, or it can even consist of many banks of tabs of different sizes.

Side Tabs / Bottom Tabs

Side tabs are located on the opposite side of the binding edge. Bottom tabs are located at the bottom of the sheet.

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