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Most of the problems listed here with labels are not problems. The table style templates, available from or in openoffice extensions, work great. The text is centered vertically in each label since they are table cells. It is very easy to change the top margin to adjust for your top margin for your printer. Simply do it through the page format for the top margin. For the left margin of each column, you just drag the top one and all of the cells below it will be the same. I first had a problem when printing multiple pages of labels from openoffice base. It would miss one database entry when it went to each new page. After following instructions on setting up the page, that problem was easily overcome. The labels print perfectly from the top of the sheet to the bottom of the sheet without the alignment problems you have with the Microsoft style and default style labels in openoffice, even if you are printing small, 60 label sheets filled with small text. A person using Microsoft Word doing that had major alignment problems on a 60 label sheet once the page was two-thirds printed. I put the information into OpenOffice with the table style label forms, and they printer perfectly. The table style templates are also very easy to paste data into multiple cells, or even an entire page, at one time.

On 03/01/2011 02:37 PM, MR ZenWiz wrote:
On Tue, Mar 1, 2011 at 12:25 AM, James Wilde
<>  wrote:
In another email I said that I had given up on using mailmerge, since the labels never print out as 
you want them to.  My problem is this:

I gave up on mail merges a long time ago because the interface for
creating just about anything was so arcane I couldn't use it, but that
was with OOo before LibO came along.

I have a laser printer, Brother HL-5340D, excellent in all ways.  I print from a Mac running OSX 
10.6.6 and LibO 3.3.1.  I use A4 sized sheets with three columns and eight rows of labels.
If any kind soul has a custom template which they think works with labels of this type, Avery L7159 
or ones which extend to the extreme left and right edges, and is willing to share it, I'll give 
them, perhaps not gold, but undying admiration and gratitude.

Have you tried to use the pre-supplied labels in LibO?  I don't use A4
paper, and there are a whole bunch of "features" of the labels,
especially the 5160 (3x10) address label template, that just irritate
the hell out of me, they might be what you need.

Some of the mentioned features are:

1) Multi-page label sheets just don't work right - they tend to lose
whole labels in what I think was a random pattern that drove me up the
wall.  (I wound up doing multiple single sheets for my holiday address

2) The label patterns are wider than the real labels on the sheet, so
I have to indent each column in order to get them to print without
losing a line or two of lettering off the left edge, sometimes in all
three columns.

3) The vertical alignment is tricky at best and I have to use blank
lines different font heights to get it right (a vertical
alignment/centering feature would be REALLY nice here...).

4) The mechanics of copying labels on the sheet are awful.  IIRC, you
have to copy into each destination label individually, and there is no
way to select a whole column, row or the whole sheet (or maybe just no
way to do so with the keyboard - I think the mouse select may work
here) and paste into them intelligently.  (The Avery label maker macro
set for MS Word used to do a lot of these things really well, but I
left Windows, Word and Avery behind as a standard word processing
environment a long time ago, and those labels, or pretty much any
other similarly formatted document, do not translate well between Word
and OOo/LO at all, in either direction.)

5) This also happens with the 4x20 format for small return-address
labels, but I have that one set up and working and I don't need to
mess with it as much.

But basically, I think the mailmerge system could do with a good working over.  That, or the 
instructions on how to use it, either manually or with the wizard.  Fortunately my labels are only 
around 200, for our local gardening club, so I can cope with doing it more or less manually, but it 
would be nice to be able to automatise it.

If it's anything like OOo's horrid mail-merge, I totally agree....


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