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The secret to printing address labels on envelopes

A personalized return address stamp costs less than $10.Q: Where can I buy one of those little rubber address stamps you describe on page 118 in your book Windows XP For Dummies, 2nd Edition?

A: Ah, the old rubber stamp trick. See, no matter how fancy a printer you buy, you’ll almost always be let down in one key area: Printers can’t print envelopes very well.

Envelopes come in a wide variety of sizes and thicknesses, and I’ve never found a printer that could handle them all. Or any of them, for that matter.

The envelopes either jam the printer, the printer smudges the ink, or the printer places the address upside down or in the wrong corner.

As I explain in the book, I gave up and bought a cheap rubber address stamp, customized with my own return address. The rubber stamp I bought came from junk mail: a tear-off strip attached to the return envelope of a credit card bill.

However, you no longer need to patronize junk mailers. Instead, you can buy a rubber address stamp from Amazon. They arrive customized with your own address, include a pre-inked pad, and they save many hours of frustration. Plus, they cost less than $10.

Think how much your time is worth, then simplify your life by buying a rubber address stamp. I bought mine back in 2003, and it’s still working fine. (In fact, it’s outlasted two printers, and way-too-many overpriced ink cartridges.) Plus, you can re-ink the pad yourself when the ink runs dry.


Comment from Rob
Time December 16, 2010 at 7:35 am

Also feel free to try http://www.printyourlabels.com/ to print your address labels online for free!

Comment from Andy Rathbone
Time December 19, 2010 at 3:16 pm

Rob, that site works only if your addresses are already stored in the CSV format. But if your program can export names and addresses in CSV format, it should work fine.

Comment from Joseph C. Baillargeon
Time June 24, 2012 at 9:30 am

Andy – Help! I just purchased a copy of your Windows 7 for Dummies BUT I can’t find guidelines for (a) creating an eMail mailing list, eg. for a group; nor (b) for creating a list that can be printed out in the form of individual labels for USPS mailing. HELP! Thanks, JCB/

Comment from Andy Rathbone
Time June 24, 2012 at 10:38 am

Joseph – Windows 7 can’t print a mailing list by itself. For that, you’ll need to run a program specifically designed for creating mailing lists or printing mailing labels. One of the most common programs for that is Microsoft Office, which includes Outlook and Microsoft Word.

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