I don't usually link to other content but I get a lot of questions about envelopes. A lot. I wrote an article for TechTarget.com about how to do envelopes in OpenOffice.org 2.0, and for this post I'm just going to link to it. : )
I included some templates there; here are the same envelope templates for OpenOffice.org 2.0.
- Envelope template, not hooked up to a data source, using frames
- Envelope template, not hooked up to a data source, not using frames
The article is long and detailed. Here's the key point. You need to get to know your printer and let it know to expect envelope shapes, not letter or A4 shapes. You also need to fiddle around for a while and figure out where--left, right, perpendicular, parallel--in the tray your printer expects envelopes. Buy a box of cheap envelopes and expect to waste a few while you experiment.
Then make sure that your envelope document is set up to print to the envelope size your printer is expecting. Envelope 10 is good.
You can type in your data for the envelope or use a data source. My article goes over both.
The simplest way is to just choose File > New > Envelope, then Format > Page Size and instead of Letter or A4, choose Envelope 10 and change the orientation to landscape. Then either with standard margin formatting or with frames, put the text where you want.
You can also choose Insert > Envelope, and use the three-tabbed window that appears.
Then just print the envelope. (If you're using data sources, click Yes in the dialog box that appears.)
The next time you want envelopes, just use that same document you already created, and change the addresses. Either save the document in myimportantdocuments\envelopes, or if you're a template kind of person, make it a template.
Note: Doing it in 2.0 is quite similar to how to do it in OpenOffice.org 1.1. Here are my posts how to do that; they're excerpted from my OpenOffice.org workbooks.
Tip on Printer Setup
Some of the pain of envelopes is the printer setup. Here's a GREAT tip from Miriam:
"I just read your envelope printing tip. Instead of constantly changing and checking the printer settings, I add another instance of the printer, configure it for envelopes and name it "envelope." When I want to print an envelope I choose this printer instead of the default one. That way my settings are always the same."
Here's the other main point I want to make sure everyone understands.
Envelopes aren't too bad once you figure out how to do it the first time. Honest.
I hope the article helps.