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Label Planet’s Guide To Avery Labels

Wednesday, August 2nd, 2017

You may have noticed that we describe some of our products as being “Avery Compatible” and list “compatible Avery codes” for customers to use when printing the labels they have bought from us. This blog aims to provide a quickfire guide to what Avery labels are and why we mention them in connection with our products.

  1. We don’t sell Avery labels.
    The first thing to point out is that we DON’T supply Avery labels; none of our products are made or endorsed by the Avery Dennison Group and we have no affiliation whatsoever with the Avery Dennison Group.
  1. We do sell some label sizes that are compatible with Avery label sizes.
    Some of our label sizes are made using the exact same label size and layout as those used by Avery. We call our products “compatible” with those of Avery because they are the same (in terms of the size and layout) – however, the materials used to make our products may differ from those made by Avery.
  1. We supply Avery compatible labels because they are STANDARD label sizes that are suitable for a variety of label applications and they are cost-effective.
    While the name “Avery” has become synonymous with labels, it is important to remember that there is a whole labelling industry apart from Avery who all make their own label sizes and layouts. The reason that many of these companies use the same label sizes and layouts as Avery is that these sizes are the most economical sizes that can be produced on A4 sheets (making them more cost-effective) and they are useful for a range of applications. Standard sizes of labels supplied on A4 sheets have their dimensions determined by the sizes that are naturally created by dividing an A4 sheet into the required number of equal sized rows and columns to create the required number of labels per sheet. When label layouts are created with blank edges around the sheet – known as selvedges – or gaps between the rows and/or columns (to ensure the label sheets can be printed accurately), the spaces are generally kept as small as possible to reduce the amount of waste material that is created on each sheet.
    These sizes are manufactured regularly and in large volumes, which means that they incur lower manufacturing costs than more unusual sizes or bespoke labels that are made as and when they are requested.
    We therefore sell a number of the same label sizes and layouts as Avery (and other manufacturers and suppliers do) because these products are easier to print accurately, are readily available, and allow us to pass on better prices to our customers.
  1. We list compatible Avery codes so that customers can choose to use our label templates or a built-in Avery template to print the labels they have bought from Label Planet.
    Where one of our sizes is compatible with an Avery size you can print our labels using a template you have downloaded from our website OR using an Avery template that is built into the software you want (or need) to use to design and print your labels.We list any compatible Avery codes for our label products on the product packaging, product page, and template information page for that particular item.
  1. We list multiple Avery codes (where applicable) because of the way Avery named their products (and templates).
    Every Avery product has its own unique product code that is also used for the template that can be used to print that product. This creates multiple compatible template codes because Avery supplies many of its label sizes in different materials; each material has its own code BUT the templates used to print these products will be exactly the same because they share the same label size and layout. For example, many of Avery’s label sizes are available as both a paper product for inkjet printers (with a unique Avery code, for example J8654) and as a paper product for laser printers (also with its own unique Avery code, for example L7654) – however, you can print either of these products with either template (J8654 or L7654) because they are exactly the same. You could also use either of these templates to print onto any of our label products that have a code beginning with LP40/45 – which use the same label size and layout as the Avery products.
  1. We do not supply any labels that are compatible with American Avery label sizes.
    Avery supply DIFFERENT product ranges for the UK and US markets; this is because the US uses a page size of American Letter (8.5 inches x 11 inches or 215.9mm x 279.4mm) and label sizes that are measured in inches, while the UK uses a page size of A4 (210mm x 297mm) and label sizes that are measured in millimetres. You may have noticed that when you use built in Avery templates, the label vendor is given as “Avery A4/A5” – with another option for “Avery US Letter”. If you are using software that was developed by (and for) an American company, you will need to find an American label supplier that can ship to the UK. Alternatively, if you are able to shift away from American label sizes, you can convert your label measurements from inches to mm and you should be able to find a suitable UK label size that either matches or is close enough to the dimensions you want to use.
  1. We do not match Avery’s product list.
    We have selected a range of label sizes that we feel offers our customers the best possible choice for a range of label applications but we do not aim to match Avery’s complete product list. This means that there may be some label sizes that Avery supply but that we do not. We do not offer a bespoke label service and the only label sizes we can supply are those listed on our website.
  1. We sell label sizes that Avery do not supply.
    Of course, you may also be aware that Avery’s range of label sizes is smaller than those offered by other label manufacturers and suppliers (including Label Planet). Therefore, you will see that a number of our label products do not have any compatible Avery codes listed along with their product descriptions; this is because Avery simply do not supply labels in this size. We supply label templates (in both Word and PDF formats) for all of our label sizes so you don’t need to rely on a built in Avery template to get your labels designed and printed.

To find out if your Label Planet labels have a compatible Avery code you can check the product packaging, product page, or template information page (you can find this by clicking on the “Label Templates And Printing Information” link on the product page OR by visiting our Template Section). You could also visit our cross-index pages, which list all of the Label Planet label sizes that have compatible Avery codes and all of the Avery label sizes that have compatible Label Planet codes.

FAQ – What Does “Compatible With Avery” Mean?

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

You may have noticed that a number of our label products are described as being “compatible with Avery labels” or “Avery compatible”. Simply put, this means that the label size and layout of our Label Planet labels is the same as the label size and layout of Avery labels.

This means that you can print Label Planet labels with an Avery template; we include compatible Avery codes for our products (where possible) because we know that some of our customers need to use an existing Avery template to print their labels. For example, if you are printing labels from specialist software for producing barcode labels, shipping labels, or product labels, the only templates built in to your software may be Avery templates – if we have a compatible label size, you will be able to buy labels from us and print them using the existing templates in your software.

While you might be perfectly happy using Avery labels, you may have found that we offer a particular label size in a different material or adhesive option that isn’t provided by Avery, that the materials used by Avery aren’t suitable for your application, that you struggle to source Avery labels in the quantities that you need, or you may simply want the freedom to shop around as you please.

If any of these are true, you can buy labels from Label Planet safe in the knowledge that they are the same as the Avery labels that you have used before/are the same as the Avery template that you want or need to use to print your labels. We also offer a free sample request service so you can try out our labels for yourself and see if they are suitable for the task at hand.

You can find a full list of Label Planet labels that have compatible Avery templates on our website here; alternatively, if you have a specific Avery code in mind, you can use our Search By Avery Code page to see if we have a label size that is compatible with your Avery code.

FAQ Special – A Label Planet Guide To Finding Avery Compatible Labels & Templates

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Many customers use the terms “Avery labels” and “labels” interchangeably, which can lead to a great deal of confusion when they start to look at OTHER manufacturers and suppliers of labels – a situation that isn’t helped much by the fact that many companies use Avery sizes and codes as a reference point for their own products, leading to a mishmash of codes that anyone would be puzzled by. With this in mind, we’ve put together a short guide to finding the right labels (and templates) if you’re using Avery products and/or codes as a starting point.

Do You Sell Avery Products?
We do not sell ANY branded label products (apart from our own name label products); all of our labels are independently manufactured in the UK using high quality materials, with some of our products being “Avery Compatible”.

What Do You Mean By Avery Compatible?
Some of our products are made using the same label sizes and layouts as those made by Avery. This means that you can buy labels from us that are the same size and layout as those sold by Avery and that you can print onto our labels using Avery templates.

We have a number of customers who have used Avery products in the past but no longer wish to purchase from Avery (some have struggled to find a supplier of the product they want, some want a better price, others want to buy a particular size in a material not offered by Avery, and some have had problems with the quality of their Avery products) – these customers want to find a replacement that is the same (in size and layout) as the Avery products they have bought before so that they don’t have to waste time trying to find a similar alternative (or re-designing their templates).

Choosing an Avery compatible product means that you can use the same template(s) as you always do; you simply have to put our labels into your printer instead of Avery’s!

How Do I Find Out If One Of Your Products Is Compatible With One Of Avery’s?
All of our label sizes that are compatible with those of Avery will have the Avery code listed along with their Label Planet code.

We’ve also put together a List of Label Planet Label Sizes With Compatible Avery Codes page so you can see ALL of our label sizes that are compatible with an Avery product (or products) in one go.

Why Do You List So Many Different Avery Codes For One Label Planet Size?
Most of the Label Planet products that are compatible with Avery products will be listed as having multiple compatible Avery codes; this is due to the system used by Avery to create codes for its products and templates.

Every Avery product has a code that is both its “product code” and its “template code” – in other words you can use the same code to refer to a product and to the template that is used to print onto that product.

The problem is that some Avery products have the exact same size and layout (and so can be printed using the same template) BUT have different product codes (and therefore template codes) because they are made with different materials. For example, Avery supplies 40mm round labels in six different colours, which means that there are six product/template codes that can be used to print onto any of those labels (and that can be used to print onto our Avery compatible LP24/40R labels).

We try to list ALL of the Avery codes that are compatible with one of our label sizes because people tend to use these codes to find a built in Avery template in their software (e.g. Word); different software (and versions of software) will include different Avery codes, so by including them all, you should be able to find one that is available in the software that you are using.

I Have An Avery Code & Want To Find Out If You Have A Compatible Product – What Should I Do?
If you have a specific Avery code that you’re trying to find a compatible product for, the best thing to do is to take a look at our List Of Avery Codes With Compatible Label Planet Products. This page lists ALL of the Avery codes that have a compatible Label Planet product. The codes are listed numerically and then alphabetically; if you don’t see your Avery code in this list then it is more than likely that we don’t offer a compatible product.

I’ve Bought Labels From You But I Can’t Find A Compatible Avery Code To Set Up My Template – What Should I Do?
If the product page of the labels you’ve bought from us doesn’t list an Avery code, then it is likely that Avery simply doesn’t supply labels in that particular size and/or layout (and so, naturally, doesn’t offer a template for them). While Avery is a popular brand, many customers find that they simply don’t offer the same range of sizes and material options that others (like Label Planet!) do.

Here at Label Planet, we aim to offer our customers the best possible range of label products AND helpful extras to help them design and print their own labels, which is why each of our label sizes has its own dedicated “Template Information Page” full of information about that particular size and layout along with sets of Word and PDF templates for our customers to download and use.

To find a template for your Label Planet labels, simply visit the product page of the labels you have purchased from us and click on the purple “Label Templates And Printing Information For This Label” link. Alternatively, visit our Template Section and use the links to navigate to the templates for the product(s) you have bought from us.

Find out more about our self-adhesive label products (and helpful extras such as templates, samples, and advice) on our “Self-Adhesive Labels” page. Alternatively, visit our “List Of All Label Materials” to view all of the label products available from Label Planet OR visit our “Label Sizes Listed By Width” and “Label Sizes Listed By Height” pages to see if we have a label size that is suitable for your application.

FAQ – Do You Do Labels That Are…

Thursday, January 14th, 2016

At Label Planet, we’ve made a deliberate decision to specialise in A4 sheets of blank labels for use with standard inkjet and laser printers. This means that we are able to offer the best possible range of A4 label products at fair and competitive prices. However, it also means that there are certain kinds of labels that we just don’t supply; we hereby present the Label Planet quick fire round called “do you do labels that are…?”

A Bespoke Size
NO: all of the sizes we supply are listed on our website; these sizes are determined by the dimensions of an A4 sheet and the sizes that fit most economically on an A4 sheet with as little wasted material between and around the labels as possible.

If you cannot find the size you want on our website you can; compromise and use the closest compatible size, choose a larger size and cut it down, or contact a supplier/manufacturer who can make that size as a bespoke product.
In some cases, we may be able to supply a quote for bespoke orders, but we will not consider requests for bespoke orders of less than 10,000 sheets.

Really Big/Small
NO: we cannot do large sizes because these do not fit economically onto an A4 sheet; you would need to contact a label manufacturer to request these sizes as a bespoke order. We do not supply small sizes because these carry a risk of labels peeling off within a printer as the sheet is pulled through (and around) the rollers.

On Rolls
NO: we only supply labels on A4 sheets.

 On A5/A3/SRA3/A2/A1 Sheets
NO: we do not supply labels on any sheet size other than A4.

A Particular Brand
NO: we are not suppliers of any particular brand of label. However, if you are looking to switch from a particular brand, it is likely that we will be able to supply compatible products that are of the same size and layout.

Avery Labels
NO: we do not sell Avery products. Many of our labels, however, ARE Avery compatible, which means that they are made with the same size and layout options provided by Avery so you can design and print these labels using Avery templates (which are often built into software such as Word).

Pantone Reference…
NO: our coloured labels are not manufactured to a specific pantone reference and we do not produce bespoke coloured labels. We are happy to send samples if you need an idea of the colours available (please note that the colours shown on our website are for general illustration purposes only).

NO: all of our labels are supplied blank for customers to print themselves OR to send to a printing service if they do not wish to do the printing themselves.

Completely Permanent
NO: our permanent adhesives are designed to create a strong bond that will keep a label firmly in place BUT if someone is determined enough they would (eventually) be able to remove the label – albeit probably not in one piece and with significant amounts of residue left behind/damage on the surface that was labelled.

Completely “Invisible” Transparent Labels
NO: our transparent labels are all made using an adhesive, which means that it is possible for tiny amounts of dust and air to be trapped between the layers of the label during manufacturing and between the label and a surface during application – the presence of dust and air will prevent the label from having a truly “glass clear” appearance.

If you find that our labels don’t offer the degree of transparency that you require, you may need to consider using “static cling” labels, which uses the generation of static to hold labels in place. This removes the adhesive element, although you will need to take care when applying these labels to ensure that no air or dust is trapped during application.

Integrated Labels
NO: integrated labels are label products whereby the sheet is made up of areas that are standard paper and areas that are labels. These products allow different documentation to be printed onto one sheet and are commonly used in the delivery of products or services so that one sheet can include any combination of the following: address labels, return address labels, invoice or receipt, picking sheet or slip, company information, parcel seals etc.

Our LP3/210 product (which is an A4 sheet divided into three labels) is an ideal compromise if you don’t want to buy integrated labels; these labels can be used to print an invoice or receipt over two of the labels, while the third label becomes the address/shipping label. These labels are compatible with the systems used by Amazon, Ebay, and to allow sellers to print receipts and shipping labels for the items they sell through these online marketplace platforms.

Piggyback Labels
NO: this is a specialised product whereby one label sits on top of another; the top label can be used as a separate label in its own right (e.g. as a return address label), discarded once it has been removed to reveal a code or message beneath, or can be used as a flap to allow twice as much information to be included on packaging within the same space.

Made With Thick Materials
NO: while our labels are made with a range of materials, our products are designed for use with standard desktop printers, which are generally quite limited in the material thicknesses that they can process.

Machine Washable
NO (But Also Yes): while our waterproof products can be immersed in water and even cleaned to a certain extent, the conditions generated in washing machines and dishwashers are simply too harsh for our materials (and the print you add onto them).

However, we also supply two name label products, which are designed specifically for use on clothing and items that will go through the dishwasher – or even the microwave. You can find these at our website:

Please note that these labels are available printed OR blank but you CANNOT print them yourself as they require specialist software and hardware to do so.

Printed On The Backing Sheet
NO: some customers request labels with printed backing sheets to help them distinguish more easily between the labels and the backing sheet. All of our products have blank backing sheets; we have researched the possibility of using printed backing sheets but, unfortunately, this would result in a higher cost to our customers that we do not think is justified, when simply taking a little extra time and care during printing can accomplish the same result.

Designed Specifically For X Application / Industry / Conditions
NO: while our labels are available in a range of material options designed to make our labels suitable for a variety of applications and environments, they have NOT been manufactured for any one specific application, industry, or environment and, as such, will not meet any stringent guidelines required by that industry or perform efficiently under any extremes of conditions involved in a particular application.

FAQ – Which Avery Code Do I Use?

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

The Never Ending List of Avery* Codes:
If you’ve ever wandered into the list of built in Avery* templates in Word (or similar software) you’ll be familiar with the sinking feeling of scrolling through endless codes not really knowing when – or if – you’ll find the one you need.

The first thing you need to know is that many of these templates are actually the same and that most label sizes and layouts have at least two compatible Avery* codes, while others may have over twenty different Avery* codes that you COULD use to find a compatible template.

The confusion arises because Avery* uses individual codes as both a “Product Code” and a “Software Code” (i.e. the one you use to find a template).

Where a Software Code simply refers to the size and layout of a set of labels (and the template that fits these measurements), a Product Code indicates much, much more, including the material(s) the labels are made of, their printer compatibility, and the “type” of label product they are.

Instead of having one software code that matches all of the different products that share a particular label size and layout, Avery* includes all of the product codes as software codes – which is why there is such a long list of codes to choose from.

For Example:
Take our product LP40/45; this code refers to a product with 40 labels per sheet, each measuring 45.7mm wide by 25.4mm high. You may have noticed that we list SIX Avery* codes that are compatible with this particular product size and layout.

All six of these Avery* codes produce exactly the same template; the difference between them is the materials used to make the labels, their printer compatibility, and the “type” of label they are.

Avery* Code Material Printer Compatibility Label “Type”
J8654* Paper (for inkjet) Inkjet Mailing
L4770* Transparent Laser Mailing
L6140* Triple Bond extra permanent B/W Laser ID
L6145* NoPeel permanent B/W Laser ID
L7654* Paper (for laser) Laser Mailing
L7781* Crystal Clear Laser ID

If you were to purchase any one of these products from Avery*, you would be able to use any one of these codes to create a compatible template; just as you can use ANY of these codes to create a compatible template if you purchase OUR label product LP40/45.

To help our customers avoid confusion, we’ve created a table listing all of the products we supply that DO have compatible Avery* codes, along with those Avery* codes for our customers to use.

FAQ – I Need A Template For The Labels I’ve Bought From You, Where Do I Find One?

Monday, January 12th, 2015

If you’re purchasing labels you want to print yourself then buying your labels is only the first step. Before you can get printing, you need to set up a template and fill it with the design (or designs) you want to print on your labels.

So where can I find a template?
There are a few options to choose from:

  1. Make your own template!
    Yep – if you’re feeling up to the challenge, you can set up your own template in whichever program you prefer using. Many pieces of software feature design functions to help you set up a template, so all you need to do is make sure you’ve got a few measurements from your labels and then enter them into your program. You’ll need to make sure you’ve got the height and width of the labels (or the diameter if it’s a circle), the number of labels in each row and column, the top and side margins, and the horizontal pitch and the vertical pitch (these measurements take into account the gaps – if any – between the labels).
  1. Use an existing compatible template.
    Some pieces of software have label templates built in; these templates tend to be standard sizes that are commonplace, so not all of our label sizes will be catered for. These templates are based on the size and layout of labels produced by certain manufacturers, such as Avery. In these cases, you would need to find and use a template code that is compatible with one of our label products. On our website, we have included a reference page that lists all of our products that are compatible with Avery products along with the codes that you can use.
  1. Download one of our templates.
    We’ve set up two templates for each of our label products; a Word template and a PDF template. The Word templates can be used in Word and any similar program that works with the Word format, while the PDF templates can be used in any graphics software package that allows you to edit PDF files (for example, Photoshop or Adobe InDesign. Please note that Adobe Reader and similar programs will only allow you to open and view PDF files – you cannot use these programs to edit a PDF template).

Little Extras From Label Planet

Tuesday, February 18th, 2014

Here at Label Planet, we try to offer as many little extras as we can, so on our website you’ll find a lot more than just labels. We also have:


If you want to try before you buy to make sure the label you’re looking at will work properly, or if you’re not sure which label is best for you, you can always request a sample from us.


We have Word and PDF templates for all of our label sizes so if you don’t have access to software that has the template you need built in, we have templates ready for you to download and use. We’re also happy to talk to customers about common template problems and issues.


If you’ve got an Avery code and want to know if we have a compatible product or if you’ve got one of our products and want to know if it is compatible with an Avery code, then we have two handy tables to help you check compatibility.


We have a short video about printing labels, which is available to view on our website.


We’ve put together a glossary of common labelling and printing terms to help explain some of the technical speak and jargon that exists in the labelling world. So, if there’s a word you don’t understand, why not take a browse through our glossary to see if we’ve got a handy definition available.


We keep our blog up to date with all of the latest pieces of help and advice, product information, questions that we have received from customers, and all of the latest news from Label Planet.


Our amazing customers have been busy leaving reviews of our products so you don’t just have to take our word for how useful they can be. Reviews are a great way to find out how our customers get on with our labels, the wonderfully creative ways they use our labels, and any tips they have for fellow labellers. We also keep a eye on reviews that we receive, so if a customer uses their review to flag up an issue they experienced, we can pick up on these problems and do our best to find a solution.


A list of simple dos and don’ts to help avoid the most common problems that occur when printing labels.


We’ve compiled a list of the most common questions that our customers ask, so if there’s a simple question you want answering you can always take a look through our FAQ to see if there’s an answer to your question there.


A basic guide to designing and printing labels based on the tricks and tips that we’ve picked up along the way. While labelling can be extremely easy to do, it can also be quite confusing if you’ve never done it before, so we’ve put together an easy to follow guide that will help steer you through the process of designing and printing a template – because, like anything else, labelling is a lot easier to do when you know the little tricks to getting the results you want.


Round and oval labels are always trickier to get right than rectangular labels, so we’ve written a guide especially for customers who are printing these particular shapes. There’s a brief guide to designing and printing round or oval labels, along with a few tips to help you avoid common problems that crop up with these shapes.


This is a bit more specialised but now that we’ve introduced our range of Transparent Static Cling labels, we wanted to make sure that customers wanting to print mirrored window stickers had a bit of guidance to help them out. Mirrored labels are printed in reverse, so that they can stuck to the inside of a window (or glass surface) and read correctly from the other side.


A brief description of the Royal Mail’s Smartstamp for customers who are considering using this service to pre-pay for their postage.


Each of our specialist materials has a specification sheet that outlines the specifics of the face material, adhesive, and backing sheet used to make that particular kind of label. These specification sheets can be found on our range pages, each of which is dedicated to one particular material or adhesive that we have available.

Templates: from Excel to Word in a Mail Merge

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

We’ve had a few enquiries recently from people asking us for the simplest way to set up labels using text from an Excel spreadsheet.

Most people who are printing labels from Excel are trying to create address or product labels, with each row in the spreadsheet needing to be transferred onto one label. The easiest way to accomplish this is to create the labels using Microsoft Word’s “Mail Merge” function. The template for the labels will be created in Word, but the data used to populate the labels will be drawn directly from the Excel spreadsheet.

This does tend to be slightly easier if you are using labels with an equivalent Avery code, as these are built in to the Mail Merge function, but you can also use your own bespoke template to complete the mail merge.

Here’s a quick step-by-step guide.

– Open a blank Word document
– Start the Step by Step Mail Merge Wizard
(For Word 2007 and after, click on the “Mailings” tab at the top of the page, click on “Start Mail Merge”, then select “Step by Step Mail Merge Wizard” from the list. For earlier versions of Word, click on the “Tools” menu, select “Letters and Mailings” and then click on “Mail Merge”.)

The Wizard will then guide you through the necessary steps, which are as follows:
1. Select Document Type
Select “Labels”!
2. Select Starting Document
– If you have an Avery code select “Change document layout”, then click “Label options”. Set “Label vendors” to Avery A4/A5, then select the relevant code from the list of product numbers.
– If you don’t have an Avery code, then you need to “Start from existing document”. For this you can either use a template that you have created yourself OR you can download (and save) one of our templates which are available on our website.
3. Select Recipients
This is where you link in your Excel spreadsheet. Select “Use an existing list”, then browse to find where your spreadsheet is saved.
4. Arrange Your Labels
This is where you set out what information should be taken from your spreadsheet and how it should be laid out. For example, if you are creating address labels, you can select “Address Block”, and then match up the fields that need to be on the label with the column in your spreadsheet that has this information.
5. Preview Your Labels
Double check that everything is as it should be!
6. Print Your Labels
Get printing! If you are unsure about the process, or if you’re worried you might have made an error, try test printing the first page or two, just to double check that everything will print as you want it to.

FAQ – Do You Sell Avery Labels?

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

We often get asked if we sell Avery labels.

None of our stock is made or supplied by Avery, but we do have many sizes that are Avery compatible – in other words the size and layout of the labels is the same as those made by Avery.

This means that you can buy our Avery compatible labels and use the Avery templates that are built into many programs, including Microsoft Word, to design and print your labels.

We are happy to send out samples of Avery compatible sizes. Customers who want Avery sizes or who have previously bought from Avery can request a sample and compare our labels to those from Avery for themselves.

You can see a list of our Avery compatible labels and request a sample on our website.