How to Make Free Graph Paper

Occasionally, I find myself in a fix where I need to present information on graph paper but there isn’t any handy in the office and/or at home. Rather than go through the hassle of running to the store to purchase a pad, a solution to this problem can be as easy as opening your browser and clicking a link.

Below are two sites that offer free printable graph paper templates that you can print and enjoy.

This site serves a personal blog for musical composer and programmer Kevin Macleod (@kmacleod) and his various small programming projects. He created a service on his site that creates a clean PDF file that contains graph configurations to your specifications. This means you can create graph paper that is a specific size and shape to meet your specific needs.

Though the page isn’t much to look at visually, the functionality is certainly there.

A few notes about this service:

  • If you’re running Windows Internet Explorer, you may need to right-click a link and choose “Save link to disk” when heading to your output PDF file.
  • Some people may need to turn off the option in Adobe’s Acrobat reader “shrink to fit” which may resize the grid slightly to fit your printer’s printable area.
  • If you want the hexes aligned with the other edge of the paper, just make your paper size “11 x 8.5” and print the result in landscape mode!

Link: Incompetech
This site is about as simple as it gets, and it’s been around for ages. Essentially, you lay out specifications and hit print and a PDF is generated for you much like it does on Incompetech. The interface is basic and easy to use with options laid out exactly where you can see them at a glance.

One downside is there appears to be few page size options so if you’re wanting to print from an uncommon page type or size, this may not be the best option for you.

For beginners to the world of graphing, each graph style comes with a brief summary of what they look like and how they are typically used. This let’s you know that you’re picking exactly the right grid for the job.


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