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Globally formatting OpenOffice labels

There must be an easy way to generate neatly formatted mailing labels from a simple, standard membership database from within OpenOffice. So far, I have not found it. I was finally able to produce a set of labels after much effort, but there seemed to be no way to globally format them. Am I missing something simple here?

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To easily globally format labels, you can either modify the Default style or select the Synchronize checkbox in the third tab of the Labels window. When you modify the Default style, just choose Format > Styles and Formatting. Find the Default style in the window that appears, right-click, and choose Modify, in the styles window, make the changes you want and click OK. All label content will reflect the change.

With Synchronize, a small button appears when you create the label document. Make the formatting changes you want in the upper left lable, then click Synchronize and the other labels will reflect those changes.

This was first published in January 2007

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