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How to Add New Anki Cards to Your Deck Using the “Basic (and optional reversed card)” Option

Learn how to rock one of my favorite Anki card types

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Choose "Basic (and optional reversed)"

Here is a quick guide on how to add new Anki cards to your deck.

First, click on “Add” on the main menu.

Add new Anki card

Next, change the card type at the top left of the ad card screen.

Change Anki Note Type

Choose “Basic (optional reversed card)”

Choose "Basic (and optional reversed)"

In the “Front” box, put your question. Everything in this box will be displayed with the question.

Front Box Anki Add Cards

In the “Back” box, put your answer. Everything in this box will be displayed after you’ve chosen to display the answer.

Anki Front and Back Boxes Add New Cards

So what is the deal with this “optional reversed card”? If you add a “Y” to this box, you will create an additional card, which now puts the contents of the “Back” box as a question, and the contents of the “Front” box as the answer.

Anki Optional Reversed Card

One example of how you can do this is below. Note, however, that the answer to the reversed question will be displayed along with the forward question.

Reversed Question:

Reversed Anki Card (question)

Reversed Card (answer):

Reversed Card (Answer)

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