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Print On Envelopes At Home, Break No Sweat.

So a lot of you might be asking how to print on envelopes. Well nowadays it is very easy and straight forward to print on envelopes. You don’t need any special kind of printing services, you can do this with your own home printer. With these few simple steps we are going to show you how to print on any kind of envelopes.

Step 1: Find the perfect envelope

The envelope is the one of the most important things here. Make sure that you have found yourself some nice colorful envelopes.

Step 2: Load the envelope

Put the envelope in the printer and align it. With the envelope aligned on its side (short edge first), the flap closed and pointing right, load a single onto your printer’s paper input tray. The envelope’ right edge should rest flush against the right edge at the paper tray. Move the sliding paper guide from Ieft to right, resting flush against the envelope’s left edge.

Printing Envelopes
Printing Envelopes

Step 3-a: Set up a document in Word

Keep in mind that the  dimensions that you are going to enter into Word must match the dimensions of the envelope for the print to be aligned. Otherwise  something unwanted might happen. Carefully place the graphic or text that you want printed. After this you are ready to go.

PC Instructions:
  • Click File > Page Set-up
  • Click Paper tab
  • Under Paper Size. enter Width & Height dimensions in inches
  • Click Margins tab
  • In Orientation section, click Landscape
Setup a document in Word - PC
Setup a document in Word – PC
Mac Instructions:
  • Click File > Page Set-up
  • Click drop-down to the right of Paper Size
  • If your envelope size is shown. click it
  • If your envelope size is not shown, click Manage Custom Sizes
  • In the Paper Size area, enter Width & Height dimensions in inches
  • In Orientation area, click Landscape icon (shown right)
Step 3-b: Set up a document in Windows Photo Viewer

Of course if you use our services, you can’t use Word to complete the printing process. What you receive from us are images and you need to be able to set up the document when printing the image. In this case you can skip Step 3-a and go to this (Step 3-b). Open the image in Windows Photo Viewer, and from the Print menu, Choose Print (Ctrl+P). Select the proper paper size as in the screenshot below and press the Print button.

Set up paper size in windows photo viewer
Set up paper size in windows photo viewer

Step 4: Printing

Now as for the printing it might be a bit tricky, but fear not, we come to the rescue. So you need to access your printer driver to adjust the paper size. Here is the confusing part, in the document you created the height is lower than the width. But because the envelopes goes into the printer with it’s shorter side it’s width is larger.  In  the properties you need to inverse the dimensions for the print the match the envelope.

Step 5: Practice

The end result might not always turn out as you expect it, so the reasonable thing to do is to try out some new adjustments. Keep practising until you are satisfied with the results.

Printed Envelopes
Printed Envelopes