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: Adding Text to an Envelope.

Adding Text to an Envelope

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated December 21, 2021)
This tip applies to Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003


Roy is using Word to create envelopes for his mailings. The program does great at placing both the "return" and "to" addresses, but Roy needs to add the wording "First Class Mail International" in the lower-left corner of the envelope. He wonders if there is a way to have Word add this automatically when it creates an envelope.

There are a couple of different ways you can approach this issue. The first is that you can do something simple, like create your envelopes (do the merge operation to create them, if necessary), and prior to printing add a footer for the envelope that has the desired wording in the desired place. Since footers can appear on every page printed, your wording appears on each envelope created.

Another approach is perhaps the most flexible—create your own envelope template. Your template can include all the wording and element positioning you need. If you are creating the envelopes using mail merge, the template can even include merge fields to indicate where your data in placed on the envelope. Save the template and then use it as the basis for your source document in your future mail merges.

You can find some great ideas on modifying information on envelopes at these pages on Graham Mayor's web site:

http://www.gmayor.com/Alternative_Return_Addresses.htm
http://www.gmayor.com/changing_envelope_layout.htm

Graham has also been kind enough to provide some ready-made templates for envelopes. Perhaps one of them could be used as a starting point for your own envelope template:

http://www.gmayor.com/downloads.htm#AirmailTemplate

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1230) 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: Adding Text to an Envelope.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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