2 Replies Latest reply on Jan 27, 2015 10:11 AM by VirginiaPollard

    Trouble with Name Tags

    VirginiaPollard

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      Trouble with Name Tags

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      I am trying to print Name Tag labels (Avery 42395; Template 5395) in FMPro 11. Using the template number didn't result in correctly aligned tags, so I set up my own template using accurate measurements and specifying 4 labels down by 2 across. I had to adjust the headers and other parameters on the layout, but now everything looks good, except that only 6 labels print per page, instead of 8: 3 down by 2 across. There is plenty of room for the 4th row of labels, but I can't get them to show in Print Preview or to print.

      Thanks for any suggestions.

        • 1. Re: Trouble with Name Tags
          philmodjunk

          Then perhaps you haven't got that layout adjusted correctly after all. wink

          Having the last row not print on the correct page is a common issue with labels layouts in FileMaker. Here's why it happens:

          Almost any given plain paper printer's printer driver cannot print edge to edge from top to bottom of a letter size piece of paper that feeds through the page. A small area at the leading edge and a larger area on the trailing edge cannot be printed on. FileMaker compares the spaced needed, as specified by the layout design (Header height + Footer Height[if you have one] + Body Height) and computes the number of instances of the body that fit in the limits of that printable area. If 4 bodies + 1 footer + 1 Header exceeds that printable area by even 1 pixel, the 4th row of labels will be printed as the first row on the next page and you get an unused row of labels on your layout. Note that this printable area is not only different for each printer model, different printer drivers that print to the same printer model can differ slightly.

          So you'll need to "tweak" your part heights in the Inspector slightly while using preview mode to check your results until you get the correct number of rows of labels on each printed page.

          • 2. Re: Trouble with Name Tags
            VirginiaPollard

            Thank you for the informative explanation. I started over, deleted the header and adjusted the parts in Layout mode, and it worked! Centering the fields in the label was a small challenge because the label width is measured from left edge to the left edge of the adjacent label, but I tweaked the text field a few times and I'm happy with the result.

            Thanks.