How to Make CD and DVD Labels Using Microsoft Publisher

Publisher 2013 offers several built-in templates for creating media labels for DVDs and CDs.

Publisher offers colorful labels and styles for media.
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Choose Your Media Label

Step 1

Publisher's Built-In Label templates offer tons of choices.
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Choose your label template after you open Publisher by clicking on the Built-In templates and scrolling down and selecting the Labels folder.

Step 2

The All Media folder has several template options.
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Scroll down to the Media section under labels and double-click on the All media folder. There is a Blank (Avery 8931) label available, but the All media folder offers more options.

Step 3

There are labels here for both the media and the cases.
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Scroll down to the CD/DVD Labels section and choose the label you want to use. This might be dependent upon the type of printable labels you purchased.

Step 4

Try several color and font schemes before creating labels.
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Choose the label and then experiment with color schemes and fonts in the Customize pane on the right side of the screen. Press the Create button to generate the label.

Step 5

Several sets of business information can be saved in Publisher.
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Edit Business Information, such as the company address and phone number by clicking Create new... under Business Information. Fill out the fields in the dialog box and press Save.

Edit Your Media Label

Step 1

Be sure your information fits into the existing field space; anything outside the field will not print.
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Click into each field of your new label to edit information. You can simply type over the existing placeholder information.

Step 2

Multiple options exist for formatting.
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Use the hover toolbar to format the edited text or right-click to make changes using the shortcut menu.

Step 3

If there are two connected text boxes, be sure to edit both.
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Find more text and formatting options by selecting the area you wish to edit and browsing the Drawing Tools or Text Box Tools ribbons.

Things You'll Need

  • Buy these items in advance:

    • Printable labels for your CDs or DVDs.

Warning

Resizing any of the placeholder boxes in these labels will often result in cutting off text in the final printing. If you must resize something to fit, change the font size.

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