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Subject: Printing on sticky labels
Date Posted: 1/25/2011 8:07 PM ET
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Is there a way to print postage on sheets with two sticky labels WITHOUT printing on the second label?

It looks like even the Avery labels recommended on the print page have two labels on each sheet.....

I am getting really tired of pulling one half off, printing, then putting the second label back on the sheet, and printing again.

Please share a better way!

Date Posted: 1/25/2011 11:33 PM ET
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Hi Karrie,

  Not sure what type of printer you use, but when you click the "Print" option from the pdf you should have an option as to what pages you print.  Just select the section for print page 1 only.   I am more than happy to send you screen shots if you let me know what type of printer you use (and what you are downloading the labels as) 


mistie -
Date Posted: 1/26/2011 2:13 AM ET
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Karrie - I know exactly what you mean! I have to do the same thing, and, it drives me nuts LOL

Amy,  What Karrie is asking, is, is there a way to get the address label printed on just the top half of the page, and leave the rest of the page blank . With the three choices that lead to the PDF's - this choice is not there. Sure, you have the choice to only print the 1st page form the two page label - but, then the adress prints in the middle of the page. Karrie wants to print the label out on an Avery lable sheet - these come two to a sheet/page - so, the two page label prints the adress box across two separate label (which is unusable), and the two one-page options -  the address box prints fine on on elabel - but, then the info "wastes" the second label on the A-4 page. 

I really hope that is clear - it's been a really long day, and I feel like I might be rambling.......

I'm off to bed.

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 2:56 AM ET
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There's some discussion of this in an old thread:


Date Posted: 1/26/2011 4:21 AM ET
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I haven't tried it, but when you pick the one page label, there is a toggle that asks if you are printing on a label. It's right below where you can change the weight. If you mouse over the exclamation point next to it, it says which Avery styles it works with.
Date Posted: 1/26/2011 8:15 AM ET
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I created a "Custom" Paper in my Adobe Print menu that is 5.5X8.5.  When I pull up the PBS label I Zoom in so that it takes up the entire screen.  Click Print, and change the Paper to my PBS Label and then on the main Print screen change it to Print Selection.   It prints the top half of the label only on my top label.  I save those remaining 1/2 labels until I have 10 or 12 and then use those and print normally.

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 10:04 AM ET
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Thank you so much, guys! I am going to read everything and play with my printer tonight. That thread Sophia linked has pretty much all of my pet peeves -- so there is sure to be some good info!  smiley

I'll update after I work it out tonight.

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 6:30 PM ET
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While you're "playing with your printer", don't choose "scale to fit" or otherwise alter the sizing of the postage that prints -- it can distort the barcode (if you're using delivery confirmation or printable postage) and make it unreadable.  ;-)

Date Posted: 1/26/2011 9:12 PM ET
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Good tip -- thanks, Elizabeth!  =-)

Date Posted: 1/27/2011 9:52 PM ET
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Okay so after playing and trying out different advice -- this is what worked for me:

1. Click print wrapper (I bought DC but not postage on the PBS site) and open up the .pdf file.

2. Zoom to 150%

3. Click PRINT so that the PRINT OPTIONS box appears.

4. To save time -- I first created a new quickset profile called "PBS" that I could use over and over again. I used custom size to put in 5.5 x 8.5 and "draft quality" to save on ink. Finally, I unchecked "scale to fit."

5. After checking to be sure the printer was set to "PBS" quickset, checked "Print Current View Only" and saw what I wanted to print was correct.

6. SUCCESS! I was able to quickly print 9 labels w/o once having to peel and restick.  =-)

7. To be extra efficient, I also printed the details on half a sheet of regular paper twice then cut it in half and used each half in the correct package.


Thanks so much for all the links and advice, guys! You have made getting books ready to go SO MUCH EASIER for me.  =-)

Date Posted: 1/28/2011 8:52 AM ET
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I don't have the Avery labels so I don't know for sure what they look like, but I use labels that come 2 to an 8x11 sheet & the simplest way I've found to do this is simply to cut the page of labels in two. I use the 3rd design label when printing cause it offers the mailing addy at the top of the page.  I can put it in my printer & it works fine, printing of course only the top portion of the label with the addy cause there is no bottom portion of paper... was that about as clear as mud?

Date Posted: 1/28/2011 2:29 PM ET
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OK, has anyone figured out if it's cheaper to print on a sticky label than to print on paper and just tape all around the edges as well as with clear tape over the recipient's name and address?

If it's cheaper than using all that tape, I'll try it, but it seems a box of Avery labels is pricey!???

Date Posted: 1/28/2011 2:55 PM ET
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I buy 200 labels from a seller on ebay for $12.99 with free priority mail shipping.

Date Posted: 1/28/2011 8:14 PM ET
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I definitely prefer the sticky labels and I got mine in a coop.

Date Posted: 1/28/2011 8:25 PM ET
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If I buy Avery label, do I have to look for certain kinds?