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: Automatically Printing an Envelope.

Automatically Printing an Envelope

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated June 26, 2015)


You may already know how to create an envelope and add it to your document—for instance, if you are writing a letter and you create the envelope so it is saved in a file with the letter. Word allows you to quickly and easily print an envelope directly to your printer, if you so desire. You do this by following these steps:

  1. Load your letter document.
  2. Display the Envelopes and Labels dialog box. You do this in Word 97 and Word 2000 by choosing Tools | Envelopes and Labels. You do this in Word 2002 and Word 2003 by choosing Tools | Letters and Mailings | Envelopes and Labels.
  3. Make sure the Envelopes tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Envelopes tab of the Envelopes and Labels dialog box.

  5. Make any changes desired in the delivery or return addresses.
  6. Insert an envelope in the manual feed tray of your printer.
  7. Click on Print. The envelope is sent to your printer, and nothing is added to your document.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1854) 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: Automatically Printing an Envelope.

Author Bio

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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What is four less than 8?

2014-05-29 07:46:14



This version of the tip is for older versions of Word (as you can tell). If you want a version for Word 2010, click the link at either the beginning or end of the tip to find it.


2014-05-29 00:47:59

Ray E Johnstone

This needs to be updated to and including Word 2010. I am not experienced enough to do the updating so I call on a more experienced person. Say, Allen Wyatt.

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