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    Custom labels - where's my error? (All versions, but mainly XP)

    I thought it would be Very Straightforward to create an A4 page in Portrait (210 mm wide by 297 mm deep) with three Compliments Slips on it, one below the other, because 3 divides exactly into 297 mm, and so each Slip would be 210 mm wide by 99 mm deep. (You can do the same thing with inches, and for US Letter paper, but the maths is more difficult!).

    I was quite prepared to ensure that none of the text that I was going to put on the Compliments Slip would fall within the "non-printing area" near each margin.

    But I made the mistake of trying to set this page up as (three) Custom Labels, and had to enter all sorts of irrelevant values for pitches, widths and numbers, when I know that the only information I need is that I want to use the whole page, and produce one label across by three down!

    After choosing what I thought were correct values I got the intensely infuriating error message :
    <font color=blue>The margins, label size, and number across or down values produce a page which is larger than the label page size.</font color=blue>
    which is as good an example of the
    <font color=red>"Something is wrong somewhere, but we're not going to tell you what it is." <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15></font color=red>
    error message as I've seen recently!

    I abandoned this whole label thing, and created a one column x three row table on a page with zero margins all round, and Ignored the message offering to "fix" the values to appropriate printer-dependent minima. And it worked.

    But my question is: suppose I'd actually wanted to correct the error with the supplied widths/pitches/numbers etc in the label definition -- how could I find out where the problem was?
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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    Re: Custom labels - where's my error? (All versions, but mainly XP)

    Hi John:
    I'm not sure of the answer, but did you look at Tools/Options/Print & make sure that "Allow A4/Letter resizing" is NOT checked. That might prevent the error message.

    But, as far as I know, there is no way to know exactly what to "fix" to avoid the error. Part of the reason is that there is probably more than one way to fix the "error" (e.g. the vertical pitch or the height can change the top/bottom page margin).

    For what you wanted, I think your solution was the easiest.

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    Re: Custom labels - where's my error? (All versions, but mainly XP)

    Phil

    Thanks for your reply.

    Microsoft must have done the calculations to determine which dimension was too large before giving the error message to which I object, but didn't put the effort into saying what the problem actually was. Thus it gives all the help available short of actual assistance!

    And they're putting how many $billion into Office 11?

    Unimpressive.
    <font face="Script MT Bold"><font color=blue><big><big>John</big></big></font color=blue></font face=script>

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    Re: Custom labels - where's my error? (All versions, but mainly XP)

    Hi John, maybe you are over thinking it? I help out my young nephew by printing off a stack of business cards for his trade, I can easily create 10 per A4 page, which is what you are talking about here (I think). Each of his cards has a black border around it and they work out well. All I did was to create 1 card in Word (using the Page Layout View, so I can see the Rulers), then when happy with it, copy it to the rest of the page. I control the page and card size by using the rulers, drop and drag margins as required. Once I had created 1 page it was very easy to edit or change anything, be it size or content of the card itself. I am a heavy user of tables and other features of Word, but sometimes simple is easier. <img src=/S/shrug.gif border=0 alt=shrug width=39 height=15>

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