3 Replies Latest reply: Sep 16, 2010 9:18 AM by Bruce De Benedictis
Navarro Parker - Level 2 Level 2 (475 points)
Trying to tell my printer that I'm printing Avery self-adhesive labels. But I don't see any settings for label paper under paper type.

What should I pick, "Specialty Paper"? "Other inkjet paper"?

8-Core 2.93GHz Nehalem Mac Pro, 24GB RAM, Dual Velociraptor RAID, ATI 4870, Mac OS X (10.6.4)
  • varjak paw Level 10 Level 10 (169,810 points)
    I would suggest you consult your printer's documentation or the printer manufacturer's technical support for that information. Different printers may suggest, or require, different settings for labels, so there's no way anyone here can tell you with certainty what to use. But if the labels are specifically for inkjet printers, using a setting normal for inkjet paper would probably work; such controls are mostly for the amount of ink the printer will apply.

  • Allan Jones Level 7 Level 7 (32,850 points)
    You choose a standard page size. Most labels are on an 8.5x11 sheet and in portrait orientation. So select that size if it's not already the default for the printer.

    I've done labels on many Macs and number of printers. Most of the time, a template for the various Avery labels and their clones is available within the program that generated labels. I've not seen a printer setting for labels on any of the 5+ printers I've used to make labels, going back to Mac OS 6.

    Example: In MS Word 2008, the is a menu choice in Tools > Labels... that helps you set up labels. The screen will show an image of the layout you selected from the "Labels.." option. Word inserts section breaks and columns that exactly fit the Avery number you chose.

    At that point you can fill in each label manually or, even better yet, use The Mail Merge function in Office to populate the labels with info from a spreadsheet or a Word table. It goes so fast that it's probably taken me more time for my challeged typing skills to hammer out this repsonse that to make a bunch of labels!

    PageMaker and, later,Adobe InDesign have similar templates.

    So what program are you using the make labels?

    TIP: I have both a b/w laser and an ink-jet printer. I almost always use the laser for printing labels that will go though the mail. The reason: laser lettering is waterproof. If the the letter has ink-jet labels and gets wet, the ink on the labels will run and be harder for our postal employees to read and deliver.

    Note that a laser printer requires a special type of label stock that will stand up the high heat inside the printer.

  • Bruce De Benedictis Level 4 Level 4 (1,690 points)
    The paper type, as chosen in the Print... dialog, should be the ordinary paper you use for everyday use. The other paper types are mostly for photo printing. However, if there is a thickness setting for the paper, it should be set for thicker paper.

    You need to determine whether the labels are for laser or inkjet. You can use laser paper in inkjets, but you should not use inkjet paper in laser printers, because the adhesive may not stand up to the heat of a laser printer, and that could damage your printer.