How to Make Your Own Labels Online

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How to Make Your Own Labels Online
Download a free label template. (computer image by Angie Lingnau from

Labels are useful for mailing packages, addressing envelopes, or just labelling personal property. Many companies print self-adhesive labels with illustrations or photographs, but why incur this expense when you can make your own? Create your own labels from free online templates and print them on self-adhesive sheets. Purchase blank label sheets at office supply or discount stores. Labels are available in an assortment of colours and sizes.

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Things you need

  • Microsoft Word or Adobe Acrobat
  • Free online template
  • Blank paper, letter size
  • Pen
  • Adhesive label sheets

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    Search online for free label templates or use the links below to select labels. Match the online label template to your self-adhesive label sheets. Find the label dimensions on the packaging.

  2. 2

    Follow the instructions for loading the labels into your printer. Load enough paper for the number of labels you want to make. Generally, each sheet contains two or three rows of labels, although larger labels and entire adhesive sheets are also available.

    How to Make Your Own Labels Online
    Load the label sheets into your printer. (dun cat - printer image by Maria Brzostowska from
  3. 3

    Choose your template and download the file to your computer. Save the file. Type the information you wish to appear on your label and save again.

  4. 4

    Print from Microsoft Word by clicking on the "Tools" option. From the drop down menu, select "Envelopes and Labels." Select "Labels." Click "Options." Select your label and product number, which are listed on the label package or the instruction sheet.

    How to Make Your Own Labels Online
    Select the label product and number from the menu. (computer image by michele goglio from
  5. 5

    Test the paper loading direction before you print. Mark an "X" on a blank piece of paper with a pen and load it into the printer. Use the "X" side as the label side. Follow the directions and print a test page. If the "X" isn't printed over, and the printing is on the back side of the paper, adjust the label sheets.

  6. 6

    Choose how many labels or label sheets you need and determine if you are printing in black and white or colour. Many free templates offer black and white and colour printing options. Print.

  7. 7

    Peel away backing to apply the self-adhesive label.

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