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Subject: Way to print standard-sized mailing label?
Date Posted: 8/26/2009 10:58 AM ET
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Is there a way to do this? It would be SO much easier than printing out the full sheet of paper and taping it on the package. Any standard size!

And perhaps an option for printing out all your labels at once, rather than one book at a time.

Cathy A. (Cathy) - ,
Date Posted: 8/26/2009 12:15 PM ET
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You can use the backup wrapper. It's on the wrapper settings page. There's a line that says "If you are having trouble printing the wrapper, [click here] to try the backup wrapper." just below the Print Wrapper Now button.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 12:18 PM ET
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There is an option in PBS postage for printing on labels, but I honestly don't know if that works with the regular PBS labels or not, because I've been using PBS postage for so long:P  What these are though is the two to a page avery labels like you use for ebay/PayPal postage labels.  I buy them at Staples.  Bernhard or somebody said that you can tear the backing in half and feed those labels into a standard printer one at a time, and I think somewhere on your printer interface you can opt to print just the label and the rest will print on successive pages.  I've never tried this myself, so I don't know.  What I do (when I use labels) is tear off one label and attach it to the top portion of a piece of regular printer paper with scotch tape, and then put that (label facing down) on top of the paper in my paper tray.  When I go to print my PBS postage label,  I click on the little check box that says yes, I am printing on a label, & it prints out the label with the instructions in boxes printing below that on the regular printer paper I attached the label to.  Again though, I have been using PBS postage for so long now that I don't know if you can do this just printing the standard PBS wrapper.  Someone else who does might know if you can do it there too.

Last Edited on: 8/26/09 12:20 PM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 8/26/2009 2:49 PM ET
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It's my understanding Amy, that the PBS label is standardized (both label and print size) as per USPS requirements.  So the size is probably not negotiable. 

I've received packages with the adhesive PBS labels, but no idea how that option works :-)  For me, options #1 & #3 on plain printer paper fit most applications, trimmed down and protected by very clear packing tape when used on alternate packaging.

  Good luck!

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 9:10 PM ET
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I have found there are a few options:

You can open up the PDF label and 'grab' the address text and paste it onto a label.  Just use the 'select' tool to copy. Then keep a sheet to refeed through your printer and paste onto the next empty spot, if you're using word you can just resize text to fit.

Or you can use a dymo label maker and capture the text in the same way and print onto one of those strip labels.

You can also get a (free if you have an account/easy enough to sign up) packet of the FedEx page labels (they're sized as a single sheet) and print the top aligned or single page PBS label onto those.  The address seems to fit onto the label part and the FedEx logo is not part of the label.  The label peels right off the backing.

Date Posted: 8/26/2009 9:18 PM ET
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I can't remember who posted this tip, but it has been a godsend for me. 

I buy the 2 label per page labels.  When printing my postage, i select one page PBS wrapper label.   In adobe, I set-up a custom paper size equivalent to a 1/2 sheet paper (8.5 x 5.5).  I zoom the PBS wrapper label so that it is the only thing that shows on the screen is the mailing lable portion click print current view. 

This way I don't waste the bottom label and if I need to, I print the other info on a blank sheet of paper (although most of the time I leave it out of the package).

I was wasting time covering up the bottom portion of the label with a blank sheet of paper so that I could use it later as an actual mailing label.