How to Make Address Labels With Open Office

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Address labels make it easy to add return information to outgoing mail. Address labels can also be used to type up the information of mail recipients in a neat, professional manner. Address labels cut down the time it takes to prepare any type of mail, from bills to letters to invitations and more. Open Office, which is a free office software application that includes a word processing program called Open Office Writer. Using Open Office Writer's label feature, printing up a single address label or creating a page full of the same return label is a snap.

Things You'll Need

  • Open Office Writer Printer Avery 5160 or similar labels

Make a Single Label

  1. Start Open Office. Go to the "File" menu, click on "New" and then select "Labels." The "Labels" dialog will appear.

  2. Click the "Labels" tab. Type the address to be printed on a label inside the "Label Text" box. Press the "Enter" key after each line. Click "Sheet" in the "Format" section.

  3. Select "Avery" in the "Brand" drop-down menu. In the "Type" drop-down, select "5160." If you are using a different brand or size of labels, select the appropriate brand and size from the lists.

  4. Go to the "Options" tab of the dialog box. Select "Single Label" in the "Distribute" section.

  5. Click the "New Document" button. A new document will open with the single label. Print onto the label paper.

Make a Page of Return Address Labels

  1. Start Open Office. Go to the "File" menu, click on "New" and then select "Labels." The "Labels" dialog will appear.

  2. Click the "Labels" tab. Type the address to be printed on the page of labels inside the "Label Text" box. Press the "Enter" key after each line. Click "Sheet" in the "Format" section.

  3. Select "Avery" in the "Brand" drop-down menu. In the "Type" drop-down, select "5160." If you are using a different brand or size of labels, select the appropriate brand and size from the lists.

  4. Go to the "Options" tab. Select the "Entire" radio button and the "Synchronize Contents" check box. Click the "New Document" button. A page of address labels will open as a new document.

  5. Format and make any changes to the first label on the page. When it is properly formatted, click the "Synchronize Labels" button to update the contents of the page. Print onto label paper.

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