How to Use Microsoft Mail Merge to Print 4up Place Cards

Post Date : September 2, 2010

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Using Mail Merge is one of the best ways to print 4up place cards all at once instead of typing in the name and table number for each card. Below are the steps on how to use the Mail Merge feature in the Windows version of Microsoft Office Word 2003.

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If you’re using another version of Word, menu items and instructions will slightly differ. Please download alternate instructions below.

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place cards spreadsheet file

Create a Spreadsheet to Start

Before proceeding with the Mail Merge, create a spreadsheet file with the names, table numbers, or whatever information you’ll print on your place cards, as shown here:

Once your spreadsheet file is complete with all the information you want on your place cards, you can continue.

Start a New Word Doc

Start Word with a blank document and click Tools > Letters and Mailings > Mail Merge.

The Mail Merge interface opens, guiding you through the process in 6 steps.

Step 1

Select Document Type Labels, then click Next: Starting Document.

Mail Merge Label Options window

Step 2

Under Select starting document, select Change document layout

Under Change document layout, click Label options.

The Label Options interface opens

Next to Label products, choose Other/Custom.
Click the New Label button.
The New Custom window opens:

In the Label name field, enter a custom name for your label template

Mail Merge New Custom window

Enter these values into the rest of the fields to create a printing template sized for LCI Paper’s 4Up Place Cards:

Top margin = .5

Label height = 5

Side margin = .75

Label width = 3.5

Vertical pitch = 5

Number across = 2

Horizontal pitch = 3.5

Number down = 2

For Page size, select Letter (8 1/2 x 11 in). Click OK.

Mail Merge document layout

Your custom template appears in the Product number field. Make sure it is selected. Click OK.

Your custom template is now on screen showing 4 quadrants sized to match the 4Up Place Cards layout. Click Next: Select recipients.

Mail Merge names

Step 3

Under Select recipients, select Use an existing list.

Click Browse, navigate to your spreadsheet of names and table numbers, and open the file.

The Select Table window opens. Click OK.

The Mail Merge Recipients window opens.

Click OK.

Your cursor should be in the upper left quadrant, while the other quadrants show <<Next Record>>.

Click Next: Arrange your labels.

Insert Merge Field window

Step 4

Here you are setting up the default format of the first place card.

Under Arrange your labels, click More items.

The Insert Merge Field window opens. Click the field to add to your place card layout and click the Insert button.

The most common fields would be Name and Table #, but this is your project and you can merge any data you’d like to print.

The fields will show in the upper left quadrant. Click the Close button.

format Mail Merge data fields

In the upper left quadrant, arrange and format the merge fields as you like. For your text to print on the front panel of the place cards, your text should be in the lower half of the upper left quadrant. Be careful not to disrupt the template layout. If you move the template layout by mistake, use Edit > Undo.

Be creative with your font and font size while being mindful that if the font is too large, long names will not fit on one line.

When you are satisfied with the layout, click the Update all labels button.

All of the 4 quadrants are now updated with your chosen merge field names and layout.

Click Next: Preview your labels.

preview place cards

Step 5

All of the information from your spreadsheet has populated into the document and you can preview each card using the << and >> buttons.

This is a good time to make sure none of the names are too large to fit on one line.

When everything looks good, click Next: Complete the merge.

merge to printer

Step 6

Click Print. The Merge to Printer window opens.

This is the appropriate time to print one sheet, or even a sheet of copy paper, as a test.

Click Current Record. This prints one page—just the layout shown on the screen—not the entire list.

After printing the test, if the text is properly positioned on the sheet, go ahead and print the entire list.

We suggest that you load 20 sheets into your printer at a time. When you print the first batch of 20, the printer will pause so you can load more.

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  1. When I use the mail merge on a table with 5 entries I end up with 14 place cards over 5 pages (there are some blank place cards).
    Not sure what is happening.
    Also if I use the template how do I get more than 1 page?

  2. Hi Sharon,

    It’s very difficult to diagnose an issue like this without knowing more information. Please call us so we can try to help.

  3. Am I able to make the size smaller if I need to. I would like to get 6 to a sheet rather than the 4 sizing you have here.
    Will the import function work for more than 4 placecards on a sheet? Thanks in advance.

    1. Hi Carole,

      This mail merge tutorial and template is paired with our micro perforated, pre-scored 4-up place cards. Although you could alter the template to print 6 place cards, they would not align correctly on the sheet.

  4. How do I get the name and table number to move down into the center of the folded card? My name and table number are up at the fold. When I hit the return to try to move them down, all of the cards move down, not the typing. Any suggestions? Thanks.

    1. Hi Beth,

      Word can be quirky, and this very often happens. A quick fix for this is to place your cursor to the left of the name/table number text. Then, instead of using the enter key to move your text down, hit the space bar a few times to move it right. This seems to “activate” the text movement, if you will, which allows Word to recognize you want the text to move, not the table.

      After hitting space a few times, you should be able to use the enter/return key to move your text to where you want it. Be sure if your table did move, that you use Undo to put it back in the right place.

  5. How can I use WordPerfect to use four up labels?

    1. Hi Janice,

      The template for four up place cards is for Microsoft Word only and will not work with WordPerfect. However, if you do not have Microsoft Word, you can download Open Office, which is a free, open source word processing program. This program will allow you to open up the four up place card template from our site.

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