I Need to Print a Sheet of 2x4 Labels "Sideways"

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I Need to Print a Sheet of 2x4 Labels "Sideways"

Postby UwharrieNative » Sat Mar 16, 2019 4:19 am


I own a small plant nursery and have purchased weatherproof laser labels to provide plant information for my customers. The 4" width is too wide for my smaller containers, so I need the ability to print the information along the 2" side, which is sideways from the orientation the labels will go into my printer. The sheets are 10 labels on an 8½ x 11 page. Any help is greatly appreciated because the unlabeled plants are piling up.
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Re: I Need to Print a Sheet of 2x4 Labels "Sideways"

Postby John_Ha » Sat Mar 16, 2019 2:18 pm

Will you be typing each label manually? Or do you have all the label data (plant name, price etc) in a spreadsheet, and you want to pull in that data to the labels?

If the first, create a table with cells the label size as you want them printed. Type in the text. Set Table > Table Properties > Border > Gap to border ..., as appropriate. IT can be tricky to manipulate tables to exact sizes - see the manual.


If the second, create a label template for your labels in the orientation you want to use - ie Letter page in Landscape mode. You need a label template (.odt file), a spreadsheet (.ods file) and a database file (.odb file) which must be registered. See Mail Merge in the manual for detailed instructions or there are countless posts - search on labels.

As a new poster you will find much useful information in the Writer FAQ, the Writer Tutorials, the up to date Writer guide and the Writer Manual. May I suggest you bookmark the pages.

Press F1 to access the Help screen and search for your problem

The chapter headings in the manual are:

1 - Introducing Writer
2 - Setting up Writer
3 - Working with Text
4 - Formatting Pages
5 - Printing, Exporting, Faxing and E-Mailing
6 - Introduction to Styles
7 - Working with Styles
8 - Working with Graphics
9 - Working with Tables
10 - Working with Templates
11 - Using Mail Merge
12 - Tables of Contents, Indexes and Bibliographies
13 - Working with Master Documents
14 - Working with Fields
15 - Using Forms in Writer
16 - Customizing Writer – Keyboard shortcuts.

When a pop-up window opens, click the Help button for extensive help on that function - it is often more comprehensive than the manual.

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