How to Make Labels in Google Docs

600925 How to Make Labels in Google Docs

Google Docs is a popular online word processor that allows users to create, edit, and collaborate on documents. While it doesn’t have a built-in label maker, there are a few easy ways to create labels within Google Docs.

Use the Table Function

The simplest method is to use Google Docs’ table function. Here’s how:

  1. Open a new Google Docs document
  2. Click Insert > Table
  3. Specify the number of rows and columns needed for your sheet of labels For example, an Avery 5160 label sheet has 30 labels (3 columns and 10 rows).
  4. Type your text into each table cell
  5. Customize the look of your labels using formatting options:
    • Change background fill color
    • Adjust text size, style, color
    • Add borders
    • Align text
    • Adjust cell padding
  6. When finished, click File > Print to print your labels

The benefit of using tables is that it’s simple and everything is done within Google Docs without needing an add-on. However, it does not provide predefined label templates.

Use the Labelmaker Add-on

For glossy, professional looking labels, Labelmaker is a popular add-on for Google Docs.

Here is how to use it:

  1. Open a new Google Doc
  2. Click Add-ons > Labelmaker > Create Labels
  3. Choose one of 5,000+ label templates like Avery or Sheet Labels
  4. Type your label text
  5. Use markdown formatting like bold or italics
  6. Click Create Labels to populate your sheet
  7. Customize further if needed
  8. When ready, File > Print

Benefits of Labelmaker include:

  • Premade label templates for Avery, Online Labels, Sheet Labels, and others
  • Mail merge from Google Sheets supported
  • Barcode generation
  • Advanced label formatting options

One thing to note with Labelmaker – it will create your labels in a new Google Doc file.

Other Add-ons

There are a few other quality label maker add-ons for Google Docs as well:

  • Foxy Labels – Very simple to use with focus on ease-of-use
  • Avery Design & Print – Best for direct Avery brand template integration
  • Sheet Labels – Alternative with good template selection

The basic steps are the same across the different add-ons – install, select template, add text, print. It’s best to try out a couple options to see which labeling workflow you prefer.

Tips for Printing Labels

When ready to print your labels from Google Docs, keep these tips in mind:

  • Use label sheets designed specifically for laser or inkjet printers
  • Set page size to match label product size (letter, A4, etc)
  • Scale print to 100%
  • Turn off page scaling in printer settings
  • Set margins to none
  • Print on plain paper first to test alignment
  • Use full sheet label sheets (30 labels per sheet) to save cost

Following those simple best practices will help ensure your labels print accurately aligned and ready for use!


While Google Docs doesn’t have a pre-made label maker function, you can easily create basic labels with tables or use an add-on like Labelmaker for professional templates.

With 5,000+ options, mail merge capabilities, and other advanced features, add-ons provide the best label making experience overall.

Just remember to set your print settings properly and test print on plain paper first.

Making labels in Google Docs is simple and affordable – perfect for organizing home and office projects!

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