Set Up a Brother Label Printer to Work With Microsoft Word
The default label printing utility included with all Brother label printers is useful for printing labels quickly and easily. However, it does not have the same capabilities as Microsoft Word. In particular, many office environments, and even big family Christmas card lists benefit from Word's mail merge feature that automatically prints out multiple address labels from a spreadsheet or database of names and addresses. To take advantage of using mail merge or other label based features in Microsoft Office 2010, you need to setup your Brother Label Printer correctly.
Fortunately, Brother printers offer standard Windows printer drivers for most label printers with the capability of connecting to a computer. In some cases, Windows 7 will auto-detect a newly attached label printer and automatically install the print drivers. In other cases, the Windows 7 print drivers can be downloaded directly from the Brother website at brother.com.
For example print drivers for the Brother PT-2700 label printer are built into Windows 7 by default, as are drivers for additional Brother devices such as:
- Brother PT-2100
- Brother PT-24
- Brother QL-1050
- Brother QL-560
- Brother QL-570
- Brother RL-700S
Other Brother printers can be supported automatically with a download via Windows Update.
Once the driver is installed, the label printer can be used just like any other printer attached to your computer. The label printer can even be shared to other computers on the same Home Network, or across a corporate network.