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How do I create labels from a table in Writer

asked 2016-12-13 11:46:34 +0100

terry10k gravatar image

I have a table of addresses in writer (odt) and am having trouble producing labels. In particular, how do I get the text document table to appear in the Labels dialogue box - database field etc.

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answered 2016-12-13 13:57:39 +0100

pierre-yves samyn gravatar image


You can not directly use table of a Writer document as a mail merge source. The solution is either to copy and paste the table in a Calc spreadsheet, or:

  • convert the table to text: TableConvertTable to Text
  • save the document in text format: FileSave AsType (listbox): Text (.txt)
  • use EditExchange Database to select the txt file (a database is created is created that stores field separator, text delimiter, and so on).


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Thanks for your advice. However, the problem is the same in calc. File/Labels gives a dialogue box for selecting the fields. That dialogue includes a heading for 'Database' to select to use for the fields and data. But the drop down box is empty; how does one get (navigate to) the required data document (calc spreadsheet) into that drop down?

terry10k gravatar imageterry10k ( 2016-12-13 15:16:43 +0100 )edit

You can use EditExchange Database to select the spreadsheet then the sheet then Define, or you can create and register a database connected to the spreadsheet. These two techniques are explained in this FAQ

pierre-yves samyn gravatar imagepierre-yves samyn ( 2016-12-13 15:30:17 +0100 )edit

answered 2016-12-16 13:48:16 +0100

JohnHa gravatar image

See full instructions in the manual at

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