How to Make Labels Using Pages on a Mac

By K.C. Winslow

The Apple word processing application Pages does not include templates for making labels of various sizes. However, CNET’s MacFixIt points out that you may download free blank label templates in the DOC format from a variety of sources and use them to make labels in Pages on a Mac. Purchase sheets of printer labels that match the label template dimensions exactly so that your labels will print properly.

Things You'll Need

  • Label template
  • Printer label paper

Step 1

Download a blank label template online and save it to your computer. Some sites that offer free label templates include Avery, Online Labels and Staples (see the Resource section).

Step 2

Press the "Control" button on your computer and left click the mouse at the same time on the label template file. Select “Open With” and choose “Pages” from the list of options. The template opens in Pages.

Step 3

Remove any graphical elements that may be present on the template by clicking on one of them, then pressing “Command” and “A” at the same time as pressing the “Delete” key on the keyboard. Do not delete the table for the labels. Many templates do not include graphics items.

Step 4

Double click on the page so that the table appears. Clicking selects an element of the table. Press “Command” and “A” to select the whole table. If the table does not select, you may have selected a cell rather than the table, click on one of the lines and try again. Click the “Inspector” icon in the toolbar and change “Cell Borders” from “None” to “Thin.”

Step 5

Go to the “Document” tab of the Inspector to change the bottom margin of the page so that the whole table is on a single page, if the table extends over one page.

Step 6

Insert graphics and text as desired in the label cells.

Step 7

Click on the table to select one part of it and press “Command” and “A.” Click the “Inspector” icon in the toolbar and change “Cell Borders” from “Thin” to “None.”

Step 8

Place label paper in your computer printer.

Step 9

Go to the “File” menu and select “Print.” If your label pages suggest a specific paper setting, change the “Layout” drop-down menu to “Printer Features” and adjust the “Paper Type.” Press the “Print” button.