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Why, after 20 or more years, can't LibreOffice Write print envelopes?

asked 2018-05-15 03:19:09 +0200

wrknight gravatar image

It doesn't matter what I do, LibreOffice write (running on Ubuntu 16.04) prints #10 envelopes as though they were 8.5 by 11 sheets of paper so that when I insert an envelope into my Lexmark cx 317 dn printer, the sender's information is missing and the addressee is nowhere near where it's supposed to be. I have tried all of the options on insert envelope and I have tried all the options on format page and nothing comes out right.

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I hear your pain. Never having printed envelopes, I don't really know what I am talking about. From what you describe, however, it sounds as if the printer is not interpreting the format correctly for envelopes. (I assume it prints pages just fine.) Is it possible to not tell the printer to do an envelope and to insert the envelope as if it were just a sheet of paper? Or, have your tried creating a Template with the addresses where they belong and getting the printer to print that? Ideas.

ve3oat gravatar imageve3oat ( 2018-05-15 06:17:41 +0200 )edit

ve3oatis right, from LibreOffice's (and other word processors) point of view and envelope is just another piece of paper with other measurements. So either your document format is for a wrong paper size, or the printer doesn't get the right information to print on this envelope size.

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Henk C. Meerhof gravatar imageHenk C. Meerhof ( 2018-05-15 13:24:14 +0200 )edit

Quoting: "Why, after 20 or more years, can't LibreOffice Write (Writer) print envelopes?"
A guess: You didn't contribute to the development.
The oldest version under the name of 'LibrOffice' was 3.3. from january 2011. Among the predecessors were some versions of StarOffice (since about 1995 and up to V9.4 by StarDivision and by SUN and some versions of (partly SUN, partly ORACLE time) starting with 1.0 in 2002.

Lupp gravatar imageLupp ( 2018-05-15 16:08:44 +0200 )edit

My system hosts a virtual Windows XP Microsoft Office 2000. With MS Word I can print any kind of envelope with the Lexmark cx317dn printer, but LibreOffice Write can't. This is true with newer versions of Windows and newer versions of Word. It is also true of every version of Ubuntu I have ever used.

wrknight gravatar imagewrknight ( 2018-05-16 16:26:53 +0200 )edit

In addition to not printing envelopes, I have never had a scanner that worked properly with any version of linux scan applications, but all my scanners have always worked with PaperPort which is a Windows application running on my virtual Windows. So whenever I print envelopes of scan documents, I have to go to my Windows guest and run Windows applications.

wrknight gravatar imagewrknight ( 2018-05-16 16:30:29 +0200 )edit

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answered 2018-05-16 00:10:35 +0200

Regina gravatar image

The problem is only with envelope #10. See and some other issues, search for "envelope #10" in Bugzilla. Workaround: Do not use the wizard. Manually set the page size to values, which are a little bit smaller than the envelope. If the printer does not offer the correct size automatically (Watch preview in print dialog), then enable "use paper size from printer preferences" in the Options tab of the print dialog and set the envelope size in the printer preferences.

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answered 2018-05-15 16:13:18 +0200

Lupp gravatar image

How should somebody answer a "question" like "Why, after 20 or more years, can't LibreOffice Write print envelopes?"
In fact it's not a question but a scolding.

Yes. I'm aware of the fact that this is not an answer.

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That this "question" has been viewed so many times seems to indicate some level of importance for LibreOffice users.

ve3oat gravatar imageve3oat ( 2018-05-15 23:29:52 +0200 )edit

No doubt.
However, relevance of a problem shouldn't require to distort the respective question.

Lupp gravatar imageLupp ( 2018-05-16 01:26:28 +0200 )edit
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