Many of us use MS Word to print envelopes and labels. Here’s how to pretty-up these items by adding a custom graphic.

In Word 2003, go to the Tools menu and select Letters and Mailings. Choose Envelopes and Labels. Go to the Envelopes tab and click Add to Document. Then click on the area of the envelope where you would like the picture, such as up in the top left corner, where your return address will go. Go to the Insert menu and click on Picture. Navigate to the graphic or find the clip art of your choice and insert.

In Word 2007 or 2010, go to the Mailings tab and click on Envelopes in the Create group. Click on Add to Document. Click on the area of the envelope where you would like the picture, such as up in the top left corner, where your address will go. Go to the Insert tab and click Picture or Clip Art in the Illustrations group. Insert the image you want to use.

It’s that easy! You might want to resize the image so that it fits better and leaves room for your return address. To add your return address, just insert a text box around or beside the image and enter your address.

You can print a whole bunch of these envelops and use address labels for your recipients or handwrite their names and addresses. You can also use this envelope as the starting document for a mail merge and save a lot of time.

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