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    Business Cards (Office 2000)

    I am trying to create business cards in Word. I am using the business card template under Tools, Envelopes & Labels, Labels. I am having difficulty placing text on a line and having the first text left aligned (like an address) and the second text right aligned (like a phone number). Word Help describes moving the I beam pointer until the desired alignment indicator appears and then double clicking to insert text. I can get this to work on a blank document but not in the business card template.

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    Re: Business Cards (Office 2000)

    Although I wasn't using the template that you mention, I went to Envelopes and labels to set up a new label, and was able to right click in the panel and format the paragraph to right aligned for some of the lines. First couple left then a couple right. I tried double clicking but to no avail. Try right clicking. <img src=/S/wink.gif border=0 alt=wink width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Business Cards (Office 2000)

    You might want to try the business cards on my <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.addbalance.com/word/download/index.htm> my downloads page</A> (addbalance.com/word/download/index.htm).

    The key is to use styles to format your different lines and to remember that you are working with tables.
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    Re: Business Cards (Office 2000)

    That was not what I was trying to do. I need to left and right aligned text on the SAME ine. I know how to do it in a regular document but cannot find how to do it in a business card template.

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    Re: Business Cards (Office 2000)

    Do it the same way (mostly) you do it in a normal document. That is, left-align the paragraph itself (which it already is), add a right-align tab stop at the right-hand margin, and type a tab in between the two segments of text. The only difference, as Chas pointed out, is that you are working within a table. Since you are in a table, pressing tab goes to teh next cell, so instead you will have to type Ctrl-Tab. If you create the tab stop explicitly (using the Tabs... dialog), add it at 3.375 inch location.

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    Re: Business Cards (Office 2000)

    Control Tab was the "secret" I was looking for. Thanks!

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    Re: Business Cards (Office 2000)

    I downloaded your business cards as you suggested but I have some questions. I am not sure how to insert graphics, or even text boxes in the table. When I try to insert one, that cell of the table grows automatically, too large for a business card. Your graphic (scale) when you click on it covers more than the business card. How do I go about inserting graphics or text boxes and not have the cell size go crazy?

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    Re: Business Cards (Office 2000)

    The graphics in my business card layout are "in-line." You cannot insert a text box into a table. Text boxes are in the "drawing layer." If you create a text box and convert it to a frame, that can work because frames are in the text layer.

    Did you use my template or try to build your own?

    1) Start with a standard business card layout using the envelopes and labels wizard.

    2) The business card layout is a label layout which is a table. See <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.addbalance.com/usersguide/tables.htm> Tables</A> for more on tables.

    3)The cells in the table that is in my layout are set to not adjust in size to fit contents. If the contents are larger than the cell will hold, they get wrapped or cut off; the cell does not expand.

    4) If you are working in a mixed environment with some using Word 97 and others using Word 2000 or higher, it is important that the template be developed for Word 97. Otherwise it will be unusable in Word 97 and can be trashed if opened in Word 97. See the nested tables demonstration files at <A target="_blank" HREF=http://www.addbalance.com/word/download/index.htm> my download page</A> for a better understanding of this.

    Hope this helps,
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    Re: Business Cards (Office 2000)

    I have been working both with the template in Word and your template. Your nopte that yours is set not to auto adjust size explains why when I insert a graphic into the standard template, the cell size changes.

    I tried inserting a text box in your template and it seems to work, unlike the standard template?

    I am working entirely in Word 2000.

    Thanks again for the help.
    Jim

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    Re: Business Cards (Office 2000)

    Hi Jim,

    Another place you might want to take a look for business card templates is the Microsoft Template Gallery:
    <A target="_blank" HREF=http://search.officeupdate.microsoft.com/TemplateGallery/ct110.asp>http://search.officeupdate.microsoft.com/T...llery/ct110.asp</A>

    Take a look at business card template #4: Business cards for engineer. It appears to use the layout you are after. ( <img src=/S/hmmn.gif border=0 alt=hmmn width=15 height=15> And strangely familiar <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15>)

    << I tried inserting a text box in your template and it seems to work, unlike the standard template?>>

    In the Microsoft Templates available in the Template Gallery that use text boxes, graphics, and tables, typically they set the wrapping for text boxes to "none" or so they can be placed in a table.

    In their templates that utilize this format, they make the formatting change to the text box, right-click and select "Set AutoShape Defaults" so when an additional text box is added it will automatically have the correct text wrapping format.

    Note that "Set AutoShape Defaults" is document specific rather than application specific. So if you download one of their templates you'll automatically have this capability.
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