When you think of Excel, chances are you first think of lists of data, charts, and tables. While Excel is an excellent spreadsheet tool that allows you to capture and visualize data, it's also a tool that you can use for other practical purposes in your home or business. You can actually use Excel to create mailing labels using the mail merge function.
Let's take a look at how to quickly compile addresses and create mailing labels from Excel.
Gathering Your Address List
To get started, gather your addresses in a central list using Excel. You'll want to use the following column headers to organize your data: First Name, Last Name, Address, City, State, and Zip. This format will standardize the labels and make it easier to go through the mail merge process.
Once you have your addresses captured in Excel using the above headings, you'll actually want to open a new Microsoft Word document. This will allow you to use the mail merge setting to import the data and create a standard set of mailing labels with just a few clicks.
Using Mail Merge
Once in a new Word document, select the Mailings tab, then select Start Mail Merge > Labels. You'll then be able to choose one of many standard label styles and sizes, and Word will automatically create the labels in the selected style for you.
To import the data, click Select Recipients > Use Existing List. Find and open the Excel file that has your list of addresses to start importing the data. Once the data is imported, the labels won't have the addresses to start. You'll need to select Insert Merge Field to build a template of the label - insert the elements and then format how you'd like the label to appear.
To apply the changes to all of the labels, click Update Labels. This will copy the layout and format of your original label to all remaining labels on the page. To check the formatting and data, select Preview Results. If you're satisfied with how the labels look, select Finish and Merge > Edit Individual Documents > All, finalizing your labels.