Printing Envelopes With Your Mac

There are many ways to print envelopes with your Mac. In this video, we'll look at using Pages to print a single envelope. Then we'll compare that to using Contacts to print. You can also get third-party apps in the Mac App Store that give you even more options.

Comments: 19 Responses to “Printing Envelopes With Your Mac”

    Eric
    2 years ago

    A slightly off-topic question… is there a way (or app) to print address LABELS on a sheet label stationery that has missing (i.e a;read used in an earlier print job) labels? For example, on a sheet of, say, 3 x 7 labels and the first 5 labels from column 1 are missing, how do start at column 1 label 6?

    Eric
    2 years ago

    oops .. a couple of typos there! The bit in brackets should read … “(i.e. used in an earlier print job)”

    2 years ago

    Try starting with one of the Pages templates and only filling in the labels you want printed. You may need to modify the template to fit your labels, or make your own template, but it certainly is doable if you are willing to put the time and effort into it.

    Douglas Brace
    2 years ago

    Eric, I do not know how to do it in iWork for Mac but this is possible in Microsoft Word 2016 for Mac. In the “Mailings” tab, click the “Labels” button. Leave the “Delivery Address” field empty, select your type of label, make sure that “Full page of the same label” is selected, and click on the “OK” button. A new “labels” document will be created. This document is a table and the borders will be hidden but if you turn on show/hide characters you will see each cell in the table. cont…

    Douglas Brace
    2 years ago

    cont from previous comment… Each cell in the table represents a label on the piece of paper. All you have to do is go to the label that you want (such as column 1, row 6 from your example) and start to type what you want in that location. You can then print when you are ready.

    Douglas Brace
    2 years ago

    cont from previous comment.. When in the “Labels” dialog box, you can also type your address/text in the textbox, select “Single label”, and then the row and column that you desire. I previously prefer the steps that I outlined.

    Douglas Brace
    2 years ago

    ***** I *personally* prefer the steps that I *previously* outlined. *****

    Eric
    2 years ago

    Many thanks for those suggestions. I had hoped that there might have been something on the App Store. However, the solution (for me) is here … https://www.avery.co.uk/software/avery-design-print

    Helen Russell
    2 years ago

    Using your tutorial with Contacts, I did not find a way to have a return address included.

    2 years ago

    Helen: It should do so automatically. Perhaps you have never set your card to be officially “My Card.” Select your contact card, and then choose Card, Make This My Card. Then it should use your address as the return address.

    Shirley
    2 years ago

    Even though I have my Contacts Preferences to “Show First Name” Before last name, when I try to print envelopes or labels they show the last name before the first name. How can I fix that?

    2 years ago

    Shirley: Are you sure that those contacts have the first name in the first name field and the last name in the last name field? I can’t think of what else would cause that.

    Helen Russell
    2 years ago

    Thanks very much, Gary. I had mine set as My Card, but it did not work. So I switched it to my husband’s card – which did work – and then set it again as mine. Now it works. Love all the tutorials.

    Scott Smith
    2 years ago

    Chronos PrintLife will allow you to do what you are asking for, you tell the app which label to start printing on and how many labels you want.

    http://www.chronosnet.com

    Fred Balfour
    2 years ago

    I’m with Shirley (above) in the first name before last issue. I have contacts created correctly (first name in correct field). Using preferences, I set “first before last”. I even tried shutting down contacts and restarting to see if it would print correctly. I’m still getting “last before first” on the printed envelope

    2 years ago

    Some thoughts on this. First, there are TWO places where you can set the order of first and last names. The first is in Contacts, Preferences, General. This seems to change it in the sidebar list, but not each contact. Though it may set the default for new contacts.

    The second is in the menu bar under Card, Show First Name Before Last./Show Last Name Before First. This is a setting for only the card you are viewing. So check each card and see how each is set. I read one report of someone having this set wrong for each card and had to spend 5 minutes arrowing through each card and changing each one.

    Shirley
    2 years ago

    Yes, I have the correct name in the correct name field. If I use your suggestion of the Card Menu it will change a single card and it will remain for the print menu. However, it negates the Contacts Preferences “Show First Name Following Last Name.” There is a bug somewhere.

    Robert Williams
    2 years ago

    I would like to send out self-addressed envelopes, where the return address is different on each envelope and is generated from a list. Any suggestions?

    2 years ago

    Robert: I’d look for an app in the App Store or some custom service online if the amount of envelopes you are talking about is large.

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