Envelope in Writer

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Envelope, tab Envelope Dialog
Tools > Options > LibreOffice > User Data Dialog
Envelope > Format Dialog
Envelope > Format > Edit Dialog
Envelope > Format > Size Dialog
Envelope > Printer Dialog
Printer Setup Dialog
Brother properties Dialog
From the Brother Manual - Feeding Paper
Envelope in print preview

The video shows how to create and print an ″Envelope″ in LibreOffice Writer and links to this page here, which provides further information and details.

This description refers to the version LibreOffice 7.0 under Windows 10.

Link to the Video

Link to the Video (in German [DE]):

Briefumschlag in Writer


Create an envelope in Writer

Select Insert ▸ Envelope… from the menu.

Tab "Envelope"

In the "Envelope" dialog that opens, you can check the information in the "Sender" and "Adressee" areas in the "Envelope" tab.

If you have saved your data (surname, Forename, address) under Tools ▸ Options ▸ LibreOffice ▸ User Data you have saved your data, the sender will automatically be filled with this data, provided you have ticked "Sender".

 If you are entering the user data for the first time, you may want to restart LibreOffice afterwards.

You can accept or change this data for the sender.

You can write the information for the Sender and Adressee directly in the windows or you can use the addresses from an existing database, which you can select on the right side of the dialogue (selection list Database and Table).

Tab "Format"

In the "Format" tab, check or change the position of the Adressee and Sender fields.

The area at the bottom right shows you a preview of the fields on the envelope.

To change the paragraph or character formatting of the sender and recipient details, click Edit for each.

  • Select Character... to change the font, font size, font effects and other properties as you would with character formatting in a document.
  • Select Paragraph... to change indents, spacing, text flow, tabs, initials, borders and backgrounds.

In the "Size" area, use the Format drop-down list to specify the envelope.

The height and width are displayed in the fields below.

If you select the "user-defined" format, you can set the size of the envelope according to your wishes.

Tab "Printer"

After formatting, switch to the "Printer" tab to set the indent for the envelope.

Here you may have to experiment a little to get the desired printout for your printer.

Your printer manual should tell you how and where to load envelopes.

Horizontal left

Feeds the envelope horizontally from the left edge of the printer tray.

Horizontal centre

Feeds the envelope horizontally from the centre of the printer tray.

Horizontal right

Feeds the envelope horizontally from the right edge of the printer tray.

Vertical left

Feeds the envelope vertically from the left edge of the printer tray.

Vertical centre

Feeds the envelope vertically from the centre of the printer tray.
(Envelope for Brother)

Vertical right

Feeds the envelope vertically from the right edge of the printer tray.

Print from top

Feeds the envelope with the print side face up in the printer tray.

Print from bottom

Feeds the envelope with the print side face down in the printer tray.

Shift right

Enter the amount to shift the print area to the right.

Shift down

Enter the amount to shift the print area down.

Current printer

Displays the name of the current printer.

You can change the default printer in your operating system.


Opens the Print Setup dialogue box in which you can define additional printer settings, such as paper format and orientation.

Check these settings.

Select the required/desired settings.

Finish envelope

After finishing the formatting, you can finish the envelope by pressing either the New Document or Insert button.

  • New Document creates the envelope as a new document in the page format Envelope.
  • Insert inserts the envelope in front of the existing document in page format envelope as the first page.

To cancel the creation of the envelope, click Cancel or press the ESC key.

You can also click the Reset button to undo the previous changes and return to the settings before opening the dialog.

When the "Envelope" dialog closes, you return to your document.

Save your document, which now also contains the envelope.

Envelope printout

Select File ▸ Print… from the menu.

In the "Print" dialog, in the "Range and Copies" area, enter "1" in the "Pages:" field and click Print.

Printer Setup using the example Brother MFC-J5320DW


Further settings can also be made here via the Setup… button, for example, the paper format used and the orientation.

Select the required/desired settings.


Select the Properties… button in the "Printer Setup" dialog.

The Brother "Brother MFC-J5320DW Printer Properties" dialog appears.

Select the paper size "Envelope DL (110 x 220 mm)" in the tab "Basic settings".

Paper size and orientation when loading (manual feeder)

From the Manual Brother - Feeding Paper "Brother MFC-J5320DW - Briefumschlag im Hochformat"

Print preview

Labelled letter in the print preview.

Further Informations

File with this description


References used

LibreOffice 7.0 Help - Printer


Documentation / Manuals

Here you will find the Documentation / Manuals:

Documentation / Manuals

See the Writer manual:

Chapter 7, Printing, Exporting, E-Mailing, Signing

Chapter 14, Mail Merge

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