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You can print a Picture on an envelope with the label in one part of the picture. Here is a Christmas card the founder of Labelmabel sent out this year:

To print a picture on the envelope set the dashboard controls to be similar to the following image

You can print a label directly onto the envelope like this:

To print the label onto the envelope set the dashboard controls to be similar to the following image

Set the Page Size to be the size of the envelope!

To print a normal page of labels (like sheets of Avery Addressing Labels):

You can print label sheets directly by setting the Page Size to A4.

Remember you can set the faintness (opacity) of the background image. This should be set as .1 for IE and .3 for Firefox

Label Mabel allows you to create, save, and print address labels on your web browser. Currently, only Firefox 3.5+, Chrome and Internet Explorer 8+ are supported. Internet Explorer 9 is most suited to create and print labels at the present time.

Label Sheets are expensive, up to 71 dollars per 100 sheets, so printing the label directly onto the envelope is supported, as well as printing a whole image on the envelope, with a small portion of it devoted to the label.

Most label lists you create will, by default, be local to your web browser. That is, they will not be known to the website, so your privacy is assured by this method. default.lab, the first label list you are shown is stored at, so you should probably create another label list for your first label run. To do this, simply type in a name (ommit the .lab at the end) in the new label file name edit box and then click on the Create New Label File button.

You can INSERT a label and then edit the label by hitting the Insert Labels button in the menu, then hitting the Edit Me link at the bottom of the label. After you are happy with the text of the label you can then hit Restore Me to have the edit box turn into a label again.

Press the Insert Label at the top of the dashboard.

Then press the Edit Me link at the bottom of the inserted label. Then type what you want into the label. It can be HTML or text.

To save your edit, press the Restore Me link at the right bottom of the inserted label.

You can also go to CopyMabel to create your labels. CopyMabel will allow you to surf the web (through the CopyMabel web portal).

  1. Surf to Contact Lists on websites,
  2. select the address details of the company,
  3. put the cursor within the selected area,
  4. and Hold the SHIFT key down for a second.

The text within the selected area will automatically be copied to a new label back at the HOME BASE label mabel website. Simply GO BACK to the label mabel website, hit the Reload Page button and the new labels will appear in the label file you had originally selected.

You can hit the CTRL-SHIFT button (while the cursor is within the selected text) to have the selected text be appended to the last label you created!

So names of companies may be in one area of the webpage, while the addresses may be in another part of the webpage.

In this case, create the label first by selecting and holding SHIFT down for the company name, and then append the address by selecting and then holding down CTRL-SHIFT for the address.

Since CopyMabel is a powerful but subtle feature of LabelMabel you should probably look at the YouTube video of it explaining its use: CopyMabel: surf web for labels 

To save changes you have made to a label list, click on the Save Labels button at the top left of the dashboard.

See the left image above for which button to click and the right image above for the message that the labels have been saved.

The label files, by default, always reside on Browser Local Storage and are thus specific to your Browser. They don't leave your PC. You can, if you UNTICK the SAVE LABELS LOCALLY tick box, store the label file on the Label Mabel webserver. From there, different PCs can access these label files (if they know your logon id and password).

You can add labels to existing files and save them to Local Storage or to Server Storage. Please remember to save your labels after entering them since they will remain unsaved until you hit the SAVE LABELS button.

Sometimes you will need to clear all labels on the screen, particularly if you are creating a new label file. Hit Delete Screen Labels to clear labels on the screen.

You can copy a label file by selecting it in the combo box, typing in a new name in the new label file input box, and then hitting Create New Label File. Then click on Cancel in the alert box that comes up. If you wish a new label list with no labels in it, click on Okay.

See the above image for the alert box upon the creation of a new label list. Clicking on Okay will create a new label file without any labels, clicking on Cancel will copy the existing label list over to the new and give it the new name you provide in the New Label File Name edit box.

You can duplicate all labels on the screen up to 50 times. Click on the Duplicate Labels button and input how many times you wish to have each label duplicated. Often it is a good idea to edit and then save your labels. Just before printing, do the duplication (but don't save this duplication). As a result you can print 2 labels each but only have 1 of each saved. It is easier to edit them this way.

See the above two images. The left shows how to duplicate labels 10 times, in this instance.

How Do I Print Labels

After you have edited your labels and decide to print them you should do the following:

  • Change the Page Setup item once before printing. It should not shrink to fit page, there should be 0 margins on all sides, and no headings at all on the footings and headers in the page. (The headings and footings should most likely be blank.
    • These are the setup images for Firefox:
    • This is the setup image for IE9
      Note the large number of page sizes. This option will become important when printing envelopes.
  • Remember to Click on Print Background Colors and Images. If you don't do this, you won't have the background images printing on the printer!
  • Hit the Print Labels button (not the FILE/PRINT browser menu item!!!). You will then get the formatted labels (ready for printing) like this:
  • Hit the Print Preview on the FILE browser menu item to see how the pages print. This is always recommended as printing over 1 page of labels can sometimes be problematic. View each page and make sure it looks right. You may have to go back and reedit some of your labels as the text goes over the label area. This, particularly, happens on the right side of the label and sometimes on the bottom.
    Internet Explorer v8 and v9 users may have to adjust the page margins at this time. Please adjust the margin bars to be at the extreeme sides of the pages. The page margin tabs don't automatically adjust to the extreem sides of the page. You may have to manually do this. (This will be necessary if printing Big Zip Codes. Big Zip Codes are adjusted to fit Australian Post code boxes).
  • Chrome printing of labels is a little different. You need to hit the Print Labels button, then in the Print Preview screen that will appear you need to set margins as none and untick the Headers and Footers tick box. From there you should be able to print out up to 20 pages of labels correctly. Background images do print on Chrome, however, they tend to be a bit fainter than those on Firefox or Internet Explorer, so these browsers are preferred for the printing of background images.
  • Hit the Print button when happy with the Print Preview view. Remember to put the label paper in labels down and backside up.
  • If printing envelopes (on Internet Explorer), you will often print from the back tray of the printer. Various Envelope sizes need the envelopes put in different orders. You will have to experiment a bit. DL envelopes go in Big Post Code boxes up and to the right, but Choukie 3 envelopes go in Big Post Code boxes down and to the left.
  • After printing, in order to get back to actual website, hit the browser reload button (F5 key) next to the address bar on the browser.
  • Printing on envelopes only works on IE. If you wish the Big Zip/Post code numbers to appear in the right lower half of the envelope then hit the Big Zip Code button.
  • Choukie 3 envelope size should be selected when printing Big Zip Codes on DL envelopes, as Cannon printers won't print the last two digits of the zip code.

What is the Firefox Print Fix?

This printing fix only applies to Firefox 10+. Some Firefox 10+ browsers need to add 5mm or more to their page size in order to print on inkjet printers. Most Firefox browsers will not need this fix but if your Print Preview listing goes up or down by approximately Nmm, usually around 5 to 7mm per page, then hit this link and adjust the combo box until you print labels properly. You will need to test several pages of labels to do this. You don't actually need to print the labels. You can use Print Preview and look to see if the succeeding pages go up 5 to 7 mm. Adjust the combo box in the Firefox Print Fix until this doesn't happen anymore. Printing in Firefox will, sometimes, require adjustment for each new version release!

Uploading Images

Before you can use a background image, for your labels or for your envelope, you need to upload the image to the server.
  1. Hit the Upload Image link in the dashboard
  2. A Browse Button will appear, along with some instruction on how to enable printing of background images in both Firefox and IE.
  3. Select the file to upload from the File Selection Dialog Box.
  4. The image will then be uploaded and then shown in your brower to let you know the upload went okay.
  5. After you see the image you uploaded in the browser window, you should click on the Reload Page button in the Dashboard in order to get the background image in the Background Image combo box. (The image will probably not be shown after you do this but will be part of the combo box if you look for it).
  6. You can then select this new image in the Background Image combo box, and this image will be the background image for the labels or envelope prints you then do, for the label list selected.

The Background Image is stretched to properly fit either the label or the envelope. And Opacity (faintness) filters can be set to make sure the image does not overwhelm the foreground text. For Bkgd Opacity the usual setting for Firefox is .3 and for IE is .1. An image of the main Background Image controls follows:

Image Opacity allows one to set the Opacity(faintness) of the background image when it is printed as a full image on the envelope. (This setting is rarely used). Bkgd Opacity is still necessary since it controls the washout of the label that is placed upon the large image on the envelope.

Importing Labels

You can import labels from an Excel spreadsheet (.xlsx), an Open Office Spreadsheet (.odt), or a Comma Separated Value file (.csv).
  1. First you click on the Import? link at the bottom left of the dashboard.
  2. This will open a column designator screen. Before this, however, you need to look your spreadsheet or csv file and decide which columns you need to select (in which order as well), and you also need to decide which columns will have carriage returns after them. Normally, the second name has a carriage return after it, as does the second address line, and the postcode. You can see the Australian senate address CSV file, fed into Excel. You can see that
    1. Column B is the honorific
    2. Column C is the first name
    3. Column A is the second name, after which there is a carriage return
    4. Column K is the street address1
    5. Column L is the street address2, after which there is a carriage return
    6. Column M is the town
    7. Column N is the State
    8. Column O is the postcode, after which there is a carriage return
    You will fill these out in the column designator that pops up after you click on the import? link.
  3. You now need to fill out the column designator screen so that it matches the format of the spreadsheet you are uploading to Just to remind you again of the format:

    1. Column B is the honorific
    2. Column C is the first name
    3. Column A is the second name, after which there is a carriage return
    4. Column K is the street address1
    5. Column L is the street address2, after which there is a carriage return
    6. Column M is the town
    7. Column N is the State
    8. Column O is the postcode, after which there is a carriage return

    Try to remember putting the columns in the order they are to appear in the label. So, in this case, pick Column B first, then Column C next, then Column A ...

    Remember to click on Import as Local Variable to make sure your data is local to your PC, if that's what you wish.

  4. You now need to select (from the Browse button) which spreadsheet or CSV file you are to upload:

  5. After uploading you need to click on Reload Page to correctly get the new label list

    You may have to re-select the newly imported label list in the label list combo box.

  6. After this you can edit or print the labels as you wish.

Exporting Labels

It's quite easy to export label lists from LabelMabel. Simply select the labellist and have it appear just below the dashboard, then click on the Export? link at the left bottom side of the dashboard.

At that point, instantly, a multi-rowed edit box will appear with each line of each label in Comma Separated Value (CSV) format. You should select and copy the contents of this edit box and save it to a file, probably using Notepad. Please save it as a .csv file if you wish to import this list into another labelmabel account or browser.

Appending/Prepending To All Labels

You can append or prepend a line to all labels in the label list. Click on the Prepend To Labels link or the Append To Labels link at the bottom left of the dashboard.

At this stage you can put in a line that will be placed on the first line of all the labels. The title of the person you are sending the letter to is often good here. Particularly, if you assemble your list of labels by CopyMabel you won't have the title of people, so you will often want to use this option.

Similarly, for appending to all the labels, you may want to add a country, like USA as is the case in the example below:

PostNet BarCodes

PostNet barcodes, as specified by the US Post office, were a feature of LabelMabel, but they have been removed recently. PostNet barcodes are no longer recognised by the US post office as of 1 January 2013.

Big Zip Codes (PostCodes)

If the tick box shown below is ticked, labelmabel will attempt to find out the zipcode/post code of the address and print it as big numbers in the bottom right of the envelope. This option is only valid for envelope printing. Post Offices can electronically scan these postcodes so mail processing is sped up. An attempt is made to match the 4 red boxes for PostCodes for Australian envelopes. As a note, Cannon printers do not properly print the full postcode of a DL envelope, so it is necessary to print the DL envelope as if it were a Choukie 3 envelope.

The Big Zip Code can be seen in the following envelope

Remove Email Addresses and Phone Numbers

You can place email addresses, URLs and phone numbers in your labels. These items are, by default, not printed. You can decide to print them by unticking the tick box shown below


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