How to Create Free Labels

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How to Create Free Labels
Create free labels with software you already have. (John Slater/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Whether you need to create a simple address label or an elaborate wine bottle label, chances are that you already have what you need on your computer to create free labels. Using your word processing program, a printer and self-adhesive labels, you can create any label you can dream up. It takes just a few minutes to create professional-looking labels for free.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Word 2007
  • Self-adhesive labels
  • Printer

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Instructions

    Using a Template

  1. 1

    Open Word 2007, and click the Microsoft button in the upper left corner.

  2. 2

    Click "New" to create a new document.

  3. 3

    Click "Labels" under Microsoft Office Online templates. A "Labels" pane will open to the right.

  4. 4

    Choose a template category, for example, "Gift labels." Select a particular template that you like, and note the type of label it requires. For example, the description under the label might indicate that you need Avery 5160 labels.

  5. 5

    Click "Download." The template downloads to your computer and opens immediately in your Word document. Then create your labels' content. Save the file with a new name if you'd like.

  6. 6

    Insert the sheet of labels into your printer using your printer's instructions for proper insertion, and click "Print."

    Creating a Label from Scratch

  1. 1

    Open a new document in Word 2007 or another word processing program. For this example, we will use Word 2007, but other programs might have similar steps.

  2. 2

    Click "Mailings" on the ribbon bar.

  3. 3

    Select "Labels" from the "Create" group. In the lower right panel, click on "Label." This opens a panel of Label Options.

  4. 4

    Select the type of label you want under "Product number." For example, "30 Per Page" will create 30 labels on an 8.5-inch by 11-inch piece of paper.

  5. 5

    Type in text or insert a picture in the first label in the upper left corner of your document. Adjust the font size, style, picture size or background colour as you wish. Select this cell, and copy and paste it to the other cells on the page to duplicate it. Save your labels, and print as needed.

Tips and warnings

  • You don't even need to use self-adhesive labels; print custom-made labels on plain paper, then cut them apart, and use a glue stick to stick the labels to your items.

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