Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Removing Return Addresses.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 29, 2020)
In other issues of WordTips you learn how to insert a graphic in a return address for creating envelopes or for creating labels. It seems that learning how to remove those special return addresses has resulted in the subject for another tip—this tip.
How you go about removing a return address that contains a graphic depends exactly on how it was created in the first place. There are a couple of things to try, each of which may result in the offending graphic being removed. The first thing to try is to simply try to delete the return address. You do this by following these steps:
Figure 1. The Envelopes tab of the Envelopes and Labels dialog box.
If you simply want to remove the return address temporarily, you could click on the Omit check box in step 3. The contents of the return address are retained, but it should not print.
If this doesn't work, take a look in the options area for the return address stored there. You can get to it and get rid of it by following these steps:
Figure 2. The User Information tab of the Options dialog box.
Finally, there is one other place to look if you still cannot get rid of the return address. Word allows you to define a special AutoText entry that prints as part of your return address. This entry normally has the name EnvelopeExtra1. To get rid of it, follow these steps:
For more information on the special EnvelopeExtra1 AutoText entry, see this page:
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1100) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Removing Return Addresses.
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