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Avery templates in MS Word 2013 (Office 365)


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#1 saluqi

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 06:25 PM

I think we have been over this infuriating topic before.  In my previous version of Word (2007) I had an Avery add-on that appeared in the header and when selected provided a menu of templates, by number, from which one could select any template one wanted.

 

I now have Word 2013 (as part of Office 365) and have installed an Avery add-on which instead of providing a menu allows you to search for online templates.  I want to use Template 5160 (for address labels 8160, so the 8160 template would do just as well).  When I type that into the selection window I get a whole slew of "decorated" label versions but nothing like a plain 5160 which is what I want.  I do not want "decorated" labels on my business correspondence, yet Avery offers me nothing else.  Maddening.

 

So what do I have to do?  Uninstall the Avery add-on, and install the older version (if I can still find the disk?).  Get rid of Word 2013?  I don't really want to do that because I want to maintain compatibility among the various computers I use, and the ones in the office use Office 365.  What do I have to do to be able to print plain-Jane business labels on Avery label sheets using an identifiable template?

 

I gather that many others have had the same problem.  Is the answer simply to ditch Avery altogether?  I'd hate to do that because I use it for printing business cards (customized for each of our employees) as well as for printing labels.

 

This is infuriating.  Grrrr!!!



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Posted 16 August 2015 - 07:22 PM

Not sure if it will help but did you see this Microsoft Forum thread.



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Posted 16 August 2015 - 07:45 PM

I found the answer almost immediately in the Microsoft Community forum, and on the chance that others have had the same problem, I am posting it here.

 

It is almost obscenely simple.

 

The label formats are already built into Word, so you don't need Avery or other add-ons.

 

Open Word; click the "Mailings" tab on the ribbon (you may need to open a blank document first, to get to the ribbon).

Click the "Labels" button near the left-hand end.

In the Labels dialogue, click the "Options" button

In the Label Options dialogue, scroll the Product Vendor dropdown list and select "Avery US Letter", then scroll the Product Number list till you find the desired number.  Note that the list is in "alphabetic" order, so five digit numbers beginning with "1" come before four digit numbers beginning with "2"..  Click on "5160" (or whatever you are looking for) and click OK.  You will now see the 5160 (or whatever) label in the preview on the right-hand side of the Labels dialogue.

 

Click the "New Document" button.  That will create a Word document containing a table whose cells match the dimensions of the labels.  If you don't see the lines of the table,click the Table Tools > Layout tab of the ribbon and click the "View Gridlines" button.

 

You may probably want to save the document with the blank table, to avoid having to do all this again.  I called it "Avery 5160 blank" <G>.

 

Thanks to Jay Freedman for this very clear explanation.  I found it by Googling "avery template 5160" and selecting "where is the Avery 5160 template in Word".



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Posted 16 August 2015 - 08:01 PM

In reply to JohnC_21, thanks for that which is I think a more detailed version of the same information (and also from Jay Freedman).  I tried the foregoing (the procedure I quoted above) and it worked like a charm.  I usually print only a few mailing labels at a time, so run the same label sheet through the printer several times at intervals.  Print a few labels, put the sheet away for some days, print a few more labels, and so on.  Use the blank document, fill out only the cells you need to print, print it but don't save the changes.  The described procedure will presumably work for any of the very large arsenal of Avery label (etc.) formats.



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Posted 12 February 2016 - 08:54 AM

And why don't you want to use templates from the internet ? I am always downloading ready made solutions from http://www.word.poweredtemplate.com/word-templates/free/0/index.html and it saved me a lot of time. Standard templates are not very good and have low conversion rate.






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