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Formatting Labels

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 3:05 pm
by guillaumedep
I have done a number of searches trying to find the answer to this, so I hope I have not overlooked something obvious.

I am trying to recreate some functionality I have with the Avery Labels Wizard in MS Office. Specifically, I want to be able to pull in data from a spreadsheet (I can do this) into an Avery Label template (got it) and be able to format the various fields differently (don't got it). For example, I might have something that looks like this pseudo code:

<<FIRST>> <<LAST>>
*<<SERIAL>>*
<<SERIAL>>

I want the first and last lines to be in one font, say Times 16, the middle one to be in Free3of9 30 (this is a free bar code font) making sure that the return code is still in Times.

Thanks in advance for any and all help.

- Sam

Re: Formatting Labels

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:17 pm
by MrProgrammer
Hi, and welcome to the forum.

guillaumedep wrote:I want to be able to pull in data from a spreadsheet (I can do this) into an Avery Label template (got it) and be able to format the various fields differently (don't got it).
File → New → Labels

guillaumedep wrote:I hope I have not overlooked something obvious.
Read about Mail Merge in Help → Index or in User Guides (PDF) or searching for topics about them in the forum. Some posts will be in the Calc Forum some in the Writer Forum.

If this solved your problem please go to your first post use the Edit button and add [Solved] to the start of the title. You can select the green checkmark icon at the same time.

Re: Formatting Labels

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 5:59 pm
by Villeroy
A Writer field is like a single character. Select it and apply any text format or character style. If it is a numeric field you can double-click and apply number formatting.

Re: Formatting Labels

PostPosted: Thu Aug 23, 2018 6:26 pm
by guillaumedep
Yes, I get that, but how do I apply it to all instances of a specific field, please? At what point should I be applying the format to get this to happen? In my example above, I want all of the serial numbers to be formatted with one font and the rest of the fields to be formatted with a second. I do not want to go back through and have to edit these one by one.

Re: Formatting Labels

PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 2:18 pm
by keme
Format the fields before merging your data in.

If it is a multiple-label sheet, do it on one label and paste that entire label setup to the rest of the sheet. If the template utillizes "print multiple pages per sheet", that's all you need. If your template is a table, you need the "next record" field on all except the one that transitions to new sheet. (If you have "Next record" before content, omit in the first cell. If it is after data, omit on the last).