Labels, for everything from file folders to jam jars, are a neat and attractive way to stay organized. And if you own a computer and printer, you probably already have just about everything you need to make professional quality, printed labels at home. Today, computer expert Mark Kroese joins Martha to offer a lesson in the basics of label -- making.
Most home computers come with some word --processing software preinstalled, so it is very likely that you have a program such as Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, or one of the Microsoft Works programs, all of which can produce labels. If you don't have any of these programs, or if you're looking for more advanced capabilities, you may want to buy software designed specifically for label -- making, such as Labelpro by Avery. Whichever program you use, you will also need to buy the labels themselves: They are available in various shapes and sizes and generally cost around $10 for a box of 100 or so.
Many labels, such as those made by Avery, are designated by numbers for each style, which makes designing the labels simple. If you are working with Microsoft Word, simply select "Envelopes and Labels" from the "Tools" pull -- down menu, and click on "Options." This will bring up a list of available label styles, along with their corresponding Avery (or other major brand) label number. Make your choice, then click "OK," and open a new document. An entire page of blank labels will appear, with margins and spacing already set. All you need to do is type in your text, using the tab button to move between labels. For fancier labels, you may want to use a drawing program, such as Microsoft Photodraw, to create borders or images, which can then be copied and pasted directly into the label document. Once you are happy with the look, you simply need to feed a sheet of labels into your printer, and print. The entire process can be completed in a matter of minutes, and organization couldn't be easier.