We’ve got great color coding labels. They’re removable, and there are 4 assorted primary colors on each sheet: Red, Green, Yellow, and Blue. Funny story, I have an acquaintance told me about his mother who was a bit off. That’s not the funny part … or sad depending on your point of view. Well, shortly before her father passed on, she went through the house with color coding labels and put labels on all of the things in the house that she wanted. We’re all for folks using our labels, and let me say here that I don’t know if they used Maco Labels, but I gotta tell you, if you’re father is still alive, don’t go through the house and identify, with labels, the items that you want for yourself. It’s not good form.
Here’s a tip that should help when creating templates for labels on small sheets. When you create a template for color coding labels on a small sheet, the labels usually have very little margins on all sides of the sheet. The top, bottom, right and left margins can be as little as 1/64″ (.015625″). Since Microsoft Word 2007 label Templates are really just tables containing cells, and these tables take up the whole page on small sheeted color coding labels, you’ll discover that Microsoft Word will automatically force a second empty page. The reason for this is that after a table, Microsoft Word inserts a paragraph mark. Can you delete the paragraph mark after the table? If you can, let me know, but in the mean time, there are solutions.
The illustration below shows how I look when my face is superimposed on a color coding label template that I have just created only to find that I can’t get rid of the paragraph mark, to which the arrow is pointing.
Another way to accomplish this is to put the cursor just to the left of the paragraph mark, and right click to show the pop up list, and pick Paragraph. In the Indents and Spacing section, make the “At:” as small as you can, I entered .06, which worked fine.
And voila! Success!
When considering using Color Coding Labels for certain applications, be sure you are planning to put them on compatible surfaces. Our removable labels stick well to glass and ceramic surfaces. Sometimes they stick a little too well, because the surface is so smooth, it creates a fantastic sealing surface for the glue to stick to. It’s usually not a big deal to take the label off, and sometimes there might be a little bit of glue left on the smooth surface that you have to clean off. Also, if the label is left on for say, several years, all bets are off on remove-ability. They labels might adhere even more to the surface, or they might fall of depending on the surface.
When applying the color coding label to any surface, make sure the surface is dry and clean and free of dust and dirt. As always, extreme environments are not good for labels. Extreme environments include extreme cold, extreme heat, extended exposure to sunlight, high humidity, or exposure to rain or steam.
Ok, I know we just posted on this subject a few posts ago, but we got a few more calls on making a template for the MR-1212 labels. They are on small sheets, and the labels are removable. They are marketed as non-machinable, or for hand written applications only, but folks have been printing on them. There are some that will have no problem printing this label, but there are some printers for which the labels might become detached, or the color may run slightly onto the fuser unit in some laser printers, so we don’t recommend you use a printer to print on these labels unless you know the labels will not come off in the printer, or the colors will not run. We whipped up a quick template, and you’ll have to adjust the cell margins and such for your application. So if you know your printer can handle these labels, here is template: