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    Default OpenOffice Writer - Printing Envelopes on HP C4180

    I have an HP C4180 all-in-one printer. It requires envelopes to be inserted length-ways, with the flap opening to the left.

    Open Office Writer only provides the option of having the flap opening to the right. If I try to insert an envelope into the printer this way round it jams.

    Hence, all my envelopes are addressed upside-down!

    I have tried changing various page format settings, but without success.

    Can anyone suggest a solution, please?

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    Default Re: OpenOffice Writer - Printing Envelopes on HP C4180

    * Myrlyn,

    is this one any help?
    http://www.oooforum.org/forum/viewtopic.phtml?t=62750

    Uwe

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    Default Re: OpenOffice Writer - Printing Envelopes on HP C4180

    On an earlier HP all-in-one I print single envelopes with the flap on the right by inserting an A4 page inside the flap and fooling the printer into thinking it is printing an A4 page rather than an envelope.

    This isn't feasible for multiple envelopes unless there is a facility to wait between printing each envelope and, of course, you lose the advantage of having an envelope feeder.

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    Default Re: OpenOffice Writer - Printing Envelopes on HP C4180

    Thanks for the link, Bucksfeld.

    I tried the template, but I still have the same problem. I also tried changing various settings, but with no luck.

    It would seem that the printer (or some software - HPLIP, CUPS, Openoffice?) insists on orienting the text the same way whatever I do. Essentially, the envelope text needs to rotated through 180 degrees, but I can't seem to be able to achieve it. Judging by some of the posts on the Openoffice forum, others have had this problem too.

    Any more ideas would be most welcome.

    Thanks again

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    Default Re: OpenOffice Writer - Printing Envelopes on HP C4180

    I have this problem with my OfficeJet 7310. My solution, after messing up a few envelopes, was simple.

    My officejet calls for the flap to be on the left, envelop facing down. I insert the envelopes with the flap to the right. My printer turns the envelope face-up before printing, so I tell OO to use the face-up setting, even though that is wrong. Experiment with which of the OO settings gets your printer to print them the right way. Use scrap paper to save the environment or just figure it out first. Once you have the right orientation in OO, it will stay that way
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic. - Arthur C. Clarke

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    Default Re: OpenOffice Writer - Printing Envelopes on HP C4180

    Thanks, Prexy.

    The C4180 seems to be particularly poor at handling envelopes, and if you put them in with the flap to the right, it will jam almost every time. It's not great even when you put them in the right way round!

    I have tried all kinds of settings, but the printer stubbornly refuses to print the text in any other orientation. It needs to be rotated through 180 degrees.

    This is a common printer (here in the UK, anyhow) so I guess others are having the same trouble. Has anyone managed to get it to print DL envelopes successfully?

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    While I'm replying too late for the original poster, I just found this thread trying to see if this had been improved in Ooo. The way I found: around March 2009 I found a better step-by-step description than most; I haven't kept the original file name or URL but it's the "envelope_kit". At one stage the instructions are 'To correct for this, change your printer setup to print "upside down" or "rotated by 180", which is the same'. This applies to my printer (a prehistoric LaserJet 4P), but it doesn't have the capability. Here are the notes I made to get a DL envelope to print correctly with Ooo 3.1. I've done this with Microsft Windows, don't think I've printed an envelope from openSuSE. I had to fiddle with the margins to get correct printing. By "vertical" DL envelope I mean with the short side leading.

    "Ooo 3.1 envelope printing:

    Seems to need the 6th print position (vertical, RIGHT-hand-side feed)
    to print in what is really the 3rd (vertical, LEFT-hand-side feed)

    The horizontal positions on the actual envelope (held in reading position) seem to have the page left margin applied, i.e., they print 2cm further to the right (with 2cm left margin).

    Vertical positions seem OK.

    Size on (my!) screen at 100% closely matches real size; i.e., scale is accurate."

    My settings in Insert Envelope dialogue: Size: DL. Addressee: 9cm from left, 5.5cm from top
    Sender 1cm from left, 1cm from top.

    I used that to create and save a document with a text box with my address as sender and a box with "Type address here" as addressee, DL size, zero margins in page dialogue; I no longer use the "Insert envelope", just load, edit address, and print this document with envelope loaded vertically at the left.

    Hope this is clear enough to be of some use, I haven't used Insert Envelope dialogue for months.

    This is still a problem in July 09, so I hope this helps anyone who finds it. pol098

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    Default Re: OpenOffice Writer - Printing Envelopes on HP C4180

    This page has a step-by-step guide how to rotate the envelope 180 degrees so the printing works on HP printers:
    HP Deskjet prints envelopes upside down in OpenOffice Writer

    I had the same problem on my old HP Deskjet 930c. This solved it for me.

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