Label/Envelope Maker

Jake Forster Updated by Jake Forster

Label/Envelope Maker

This module prints four-line mailing addresses on labels, envelopes, or slipsheets. A list of label descriptions is displayed from one of four user chosen categories. The contents of the selected label is displayed in text boxes that the user may edit. The user may specify printing quantities for each label. A detailed description of the module follows.

Three or four label categories are available depending on the program. A Custom category is for the users own custom addresses. Labels entered by the user in "Custom" are carried forward each year. Client addresses from the client database may also be printed. All categories of labels may be edited or deleted. Client data must be edited or added from the Client List. To edit the content of client labels, see below under Labels.

To edit a label, select the label in the list and the edit the contents in the text boxes.

Click SAVE to save the label.

To add a new label, choose the category (You may not add to the Client Mailing Addresses.) and click ADD. Enter a description for the label and the four line address. Click SAVE when finished. The label lines will be sized to fit the longest line on the label.

To delete a label, select the label in the list and click DELETE.

Printing

To print labels first choose the category. Then click on the list box and type in the quantity of labels to print for the selected label. You may enter a different quantity for each label.

To enter a quantity of one for each label press CTRL+1.

To clear the quantities for all labels press CTRL+0 (CAUTION: selecting a different category will also clear all quantities).

If multiple clients are selected prior to starting the module, then those clients will be automatically marked to print one label or envelope each.

After selecting the quantities to print, select either Labels or Envelopes by clicking the appropriate option button.

Labels

If you are printing labels then choose the label size from the drop-down list.

The label size and content (client labels only) may be customized, if desired, by clicking the Edit Label button.

It may be best to test print a small batch before printing a large quantity of labels. If the labels do not align properly on the printer the user may specify offset values to use. Positive horizontal offset values shift the text to the right and negative values shift it to the left. Positive vertical offset values shift the text down and negative values shift it up. A value of 144 would shift the text on each label 0.1 inches.

You may start printing the labels in the middle of a page by entering the Starting Label. The label in the upper left corner is number 1 and the labels are counted across the page and then down.

Envelopes or Slipsheets

Envelope Options

If you are printing envelopes or slipsheets then choose the envelope size or slipsheet from the drop-down list that is the best match.

Slipsheets are 8.5 x 11 inch inserts printed with the addresses to display through a windowed envelope or folder. You may select the source for the return address from another drop-down list. The return address may be either, no address, your firm's address, or the address of a client. If only one client is selected on the main Client List when the module is started, then only that client's address can be used for the return address.

If multiple clients are selected prior to starting the module, then the user may select "Multiple Client Addresses" for the return address. The envelope or slipsheet will print for each destination address chosen using the return address for each client originally selected on the client list. The total number of items to print will be the number of destination addresses chosen times the number of clients originally selected.

Click the Edit Envelope button.

Printer Alignment

Select the printer pickup alignment for your printer: left, center, or right. The alignment corresponds to the placement of the envelopes in the printer's pickup tray. Note that envelopes must be loaded into the default paper pickup tray. In general this means that they should be loaded in the fold down manual feed tray if your printer has one. Special envelope trays are not supported at this time. Slipsheets are printed on 8.5 x 11 inch letter sized paper and require no special loading.

Orientation

Select the orientation from the drop-down list. Envelopes should be fed and printed landscape. Slipsheets may be printed portrait or landscape as needed to fit the windowed envelope.

For landscape envelopes, it is necessary to specify which edge of the envelope exits the printer first; right edge (typical of laser printers) or left edge (typical of inkjet printers).

Address Position

The destination and return address position may be specified by entering the desired offsets, in inches, for the left and top edges of each address block. Default offsets are provided. If the printing does not align properly on the envelope or slipsheet the user may modify the default offset values. All offset calculations are based on an 8.5x11 inch piece of paper.

Click the Defaults button to reset the program provided default settings for the selected envelope or slipsheet. Click OK to exit the screen. Changed settings are automatically saved for each envelope or slipsheet in the list. Each user in a network environment may specify his or her own desired offsets.

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