How to Create Labels on an iMac
By Julius Vandersteen
If you have a lot of items to mail, such as party invitations to all your friends and family, a newsletter to all your customers or a batch of resumes to potential employers, you might not want to write each address by hand. Unless the items you mail will need a personal handwritten touch, you can create the labels on an iMac and print them onto adhesive-backed sheets of mailing labels.
Purchase mailing labels from a stationery supply store, an office supply store or a store that sells computers and printers.
Insert the mailing labels into your printer according to the label manufacturer’s instructions.
Click on “Applications” in the dock, located at the bottom or side of the iMac’s screen, and then click “Utilities.” Click “Address Book” to launch Apple’s native address book application.
Click “File” >“New Group.” Give it a name that pertains to the labels you want to print, such as “Holiday Newsletter.” The new group will appear in the left-most column.
Drag names of people from your “All Contacts” list into the group you just created. If you don’t have a person in your “All Contacts” list, click on the plus sign at the bottom of the Address Book window in the second column from the left. Type in the name and contact person for the new contact.
Click on the group containing the addresses for which you want to create labels. Click “File” > “Print.” The print window will appear.
Click on the “Style” pull-down menu and select “Mailing Labels.” Click on the “Layout” tab and select the type of adhesive mailing labels you are using in your printer. If your type of label doesn’t appear in the list, select “Define Custom” and then type in the dimensions as provided by the package of labels.
Click “Print” to create the labels.
Julius Vandersteen has been a freelance writer since 1999. His work has appeared in “The Los Angeles Times,” “Wired” and “S.F. Weekly.” Vandersteen has a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from San Francisco State University.