How to Make Name Tags in Microsoft Word

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How to Make Name Tags in Microsoft Word
Printing name tags in Word is quick once you've set up the file and printer. (George Doyle/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Using Word to print name tags ensures the names are easy to read and look more professional than providing a pen to your guests. In addition, printed labels are particularly useful when registered attendees arrive at a conference or class as the name tags provide a quick check of who has arrived and is registered. The trickiest part of printing name tags in Word is setting the format and getting the right kind of name tags into your printer. Run one sheet first to ensure you have the settings right before running the entire print job.

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Things you need

  • Sheets of printer labels

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  1. 1

    Open a new document in Microsoft Word. Leave the document open to enable the menu options.

  2. 2

    Click "Labels" from the Create group on the Mailings tab.

  3. 3

    Select "Options," and then "Label Options." Select your printer, the vendor for the name tags you are using and the corresponding product number for the labels. If you can't find the product, measure your labels and choose the closest option from the list. Leave the Address field blank. Select "OK" to close the dialogue box.

  4. 4

    Click "Full page of the same label" from the Print choices.

  5. 5

    Click "New Document" to create a Word document in which you can enter the sheet of name tags, which appears as a table in Word. To view the lines on the table, select "View Gridlines" from the Layout tab, Table Tools, in the Table Group.

  6. 6

    Enter the names for each name tag, using the font and format options from Word. Choose the "Save" icon to save your work.

  7. 7

    Select the "Printer" icon to print the labels. When printing for the first time, print only one page to test that the format and labels are acceptable.

Tips and warnings

  • The procedure is similar for most versions of Microsoft Word, except Word 2007, which has a "Mailings" tab to initiate mail merge.

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