Address Labels

Now that it’s getting close to Christmas, many of us need to print out address labels so we can send out our Christmas cards.  If you’re used to doing this in Windows, you probably have Avery or other proprietary software that you have used.  In Linux, things are a bit different.
OpenOffice Database is the software you will need on your Ubuntu system.  Thankfully, it comes already installed.  All you need to do to fire it up is to go to Applications > Office > Database.  You will want to select “create a new database”  if you have not already entered your addresses in a database table.
After you have chosen your database name (I chose Christmas Labels) and set up the database, you will want to use the Wizard to help you set up your address table.  Make sure you have selected personal rather than business.  The sample table Addresses will have the fields you need.  Put them into your new table.  It won’t hurt if you call your new table Addresses, since it will be in a different database.
Once you click finish, I recommend that you pull up the help screen, and search for “address book” without the quotes.  You will come to an area, address labels from databases.  This is what you want.  It will give you the step-by-step instructions to print labels based on the addresses you just entered into your address table.
Now, if only Ubuntu could help set up the tree!


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