How do I do a mail merge if I have Word 97 or Word 2000?

Follow the steps below:

  1. Open Microsoft Word
  2. Ensure that the Tower label templates are installed in Word.
  3. To carry out the mail merge click on “Tools”, “Mail Merge” or “Mail Merge Wizard” and follow the prompts in the dialog box that appears:
    • Main Document – click “Create”, Mailing Labels” and then “Active Window”.
    • Get Data – click “Open Data Source” and select the Excel file and click “Open” (NB. Files of type must be Excel), click on “Entire Spreadsheet” and “OK”. Select “Set Up Main Document”, select the label size and then “OK”, click on “Insert Merge Fields” and then “OK”.
    • Merge – click “Merge” again.
How do I do a mail merge if I have Word XP or Word 2003?

Follow the steps below:

  1. Open Microsoft Word
  2. Ensure that the Tower label templates are installed in Word.
  3. To carry out the mail merge click on “Tools”, “Letters and Mailing”, “Mail Merge Wizard” and follow the prompts in the dialog box on your right side on screen:
    • Select document type – select “Labels’ and then click “Next: Starting document”
    • Select starting document – select “Change document layout”. Under Change document layout click on “Label Options”, select the label code you require and click “OK”. Now click “Next: Select recipients”.
    • Select recipients – select “Use an existing list”. Under “Use an existing list, click “Browse”. Now find your spreadsheet on your hard-drive and click “Open” (NB. Files of type must be Excel). Under Mail Merge Recipients click “Select All” and click “OK”. Now click “Arrange your labels”
    • Arrange your labels – click “More Items” to insert your fields (NB. To insert fields you must each time click More Items, select the field, click insert, click cancel and then enter to get to the next row). Under “Replicate labels” click “Update all your labels” and then click “Next: Preview your labels”.
    • Preview your labels – Click “Next: Complete the merge”
    • Complete Merge – click “Print”.
My labels are printing out of alignment, what can I do to overcome this problem?

It could be that your printer is default set on Letter format when it needs to be set on A4 format seeing as these are A4 labels.

To check your printer paper size, do the following:

If you have WINDOWS 95, 98 & 2000:

  • Click on “Start”, “Settings” and then “Printers”
  • Double click on the printer you are printing through
  • Click on “Printer” tab and then “Properties”
  • Click on either “Paper” or “Setup” tab
  • Paper size should be “A4 210 x 298″

If you have WINDOWS XP:

  • Click on “Start”, “Settings” and then “Printers & Faxes”
  • Double click on the printer you are printing through
  • Click on “Printer” tab and then “Properties”
  • Click on “Printing Preferences” tab
  • Click on “Layout” tab and then “Advanced” (at the bottom)
  • Paper size should be “A4 210 x 298″

THEN:

  • Click on “Device Setting” under “Properties”
  • Paper size should be “A4 210 x 298″

Note: When you press the print option when using Word XP, a drop down menu titled “Scale to Paper Size” will appear in the bottom right hand corner of the pane. It is usually defaulted onto “No Scaling”. You need to ensure this is set on “A4 210mm x 297mm” before pressing print.

I keep wasting labels when adjusting my setup, how do I overcome this problem?

To avoid label wastage, print out onto paper first. Then hold this page with a sheet of labels to the light to ensure each label lines up correctly.

Am I able to print a sheet of labels more than once?

Due to the extreme heat and pressure generated in laser printers, this would not be advised, especially if a label has been removed from the sheet. In inkjet printers, however, one sheet can be printed multiple times.

What else am I able to do with labels, other than printing mailing labels?

With colour printing becoming the norm, computer users are finding more innovative and useful ways of using labels. Here are a few ideas:

  • Professionally label your CD’s and 3½” disks.
  • Neaten up your office – label your files with Tower A4 lever arch labels (CIL-W330). Also neatly label shelves and cupboards.
  • Book labelling – Tower A4 labels are both neater and less time consuming.
  • Make birthdays, weddings, anniversaries and other occasions even more special by personalizing bottles of wine, gifts, etc.
  • Save costs by designing and printing your own product labels. This means you don’t have to use an outside printer asking large minimum order quantities.
  • Create your own professional looking business cards as and when you need them. Now you no longer need to throw away business cards containing incorrect details, but simply update the details and print the cards as you require them.
  • Create a good impression using Tower Overhead Transparencies for all of your presentation requirements.

See Range and Dimension Formatting Guide for the full Tower A4 range.

Where can I purchase Tower products?

Look at the Where Available page. Or call our Consumer Helpline Toll-Free 0800 220 488.

Setting up labels is a hassle. Please help!

Tower’s Template Disk label template software removes all label printing hassles by customizing all of the Tower A4 label sizes onto your existing copy of MS Word, Corel WordPerfect, CorelDRAW, Corel PrintOffice, and Lotus WordPro 2000. Simply download it FREE. For other software users, simply check our range and dimensions for a quick reference to customize the label size you need.

I use Microsoft Word and experience the following problems…

How do I change my settings from inches to centimetres?
Click on ‘Tools’, scroll down to and click on ‘Options’. Click on ‘General’ tab and choose ‘centimetres’ at ‘Measurements Units’. Alternatively place ‘cm’ after typing in each label dimension.

I have installed the Template Disk, but the main window remains blank after I have chosen the correct template. What’s wrong?
Your gridlines are not activated. Go to ‘Tables’ and click on ‘Show Gridlines’.

For lever arch labels, how do I create text that is at 90 degrees to the long side?
Go to ‘Format’, then scroll down to and click on ‘Text Direction’. Now choose the orientation you require. (Note: This can be done in MS Word ’97 and 2000 only).