How To Make Labels In Word

Am informative guide to help you create interesting labels within a Word document

How To Make Labels In Word

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Personalized labels can be created using Microsoft Word, but they require some initial steps. First, you need to create an image file that contains your text and graphics. Then, you need to insert this image into a document.

Finally, you can change the font size and other formatting options as needed. But let’s look at this in a bit more detail.



Word offers a template for printing labels. You can create a label template by inputting values.

You can change the size of the page, the orientation (portrait or landscape), the number of rows and columns, the labels’ position across and down, the labels’ width and height, and the vertical and horizontal pitch.

The top margin and side margin should be 0mm. You need to give a template a name and save it as an .RTF file.

Then, you need to open the envelope and label templates window and create a new document by clicking on new document. Now, you can use the template.



Format Your Labels

Once you’ve drawn your shape to your preferred size, you’ll want to make it look nice. You can add some thickness outlines so that they’re more visible once printed.

Go to the Format tab, under shape outline and then color and picture for the background. There are various other options you can use to make it visually appealing.



Make It More Interesting

Adding another layer is an easy way to make labels more interesting. You can use shapes to create a border around your text or use a different color to make your text pop out.

If you want to add text to your label it’s easy to do. Just open the insert text box option and it will give you exactly that! Draw your text box over the existing shape to make it clear.



Group Them Together

The last thing you want to do before you print your labels is to group them together.

When you select your entire label, you can then move it around the page by clicking on each individual item inside the label.

Grouping is an awesome feature as it easily allows you to group labels together!

A creative thing to do is to use the outline style. Start out with a white circle, but add some color by adding an outline.

To create a dotted line, you’ll need to select Dashes. Choose dots if you want to draw a solid line. Then, change the color of the line.


Mail Merge In Excel

Another way of creating labels is using mail merge.



Choose the label template

Once you’ve created an Excel document with headers and data, go to the mail merge option and choose the correct template. Choose the label option and input the label size and click ok.



Get List

Next, look under option 2 in the mail merge window and select the button labeled get list.

Next, choose the open data source option. You can then find and click on the one you created.



Organize Names

You should now see a pop-up that when selected allows you to organize the names of your columns in the way you would like them printed on your label.

All you need to do is select the names from the merge menu. Choose which one you want on the top and then put the rest in order.

Once you’ve done this click the ok and you will return to the mail merge window.

The fourth option in the mail merge window allows you to filter the recipient list. This comes in handy when your Excel document has addresses from multiple states. To filter out only specific addresses, set the comparison to equal to and type it into the compare to box, and press ok. Job done!

In Summary

So there we have it, a short guide for successfully creating labels in Word, and also in Excel. Happy labeling.

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