When OpenOffice is completely installed, open the Writer application. When the program starts, click on "Insert" on the main menu and then click "Envelope."
When the "Envelope" window opens, users can fill in the "Addressee" and "Sender" fields with the appropriate information. In the event there is a database containing names and addresses inside OpenOffice, the database can be selected and desired fields selected in the "Database," "Table," and "Database field" combo boxes on the right hand side of the "Envelope" window. In the case where a database is selected, it can also be used to perform a "Mail merge" print job that automatically inserts different addresses into a series of envelopes or documents.
Next, users can click the "Format" tab in the "Envelope" window to set the dimensions of the envelope that is to be printed. Many users will be able to use the preset envelope sizes. For a standard business size envelope, users can try the #10 setting.
The "Edit" buttons on the right allow users to change character and paragraph settings for envelope printing, if necessary.
The final tab in the "Envelope" window sets the way the envelope travels through the printer. This is a key setting because many printers feed envelopes differently and can potentially have more than one configuration for envelope printing.
When each tab is properly configured, pressing the "New Doc" button at the bottom of the Window will create the envelope in a brand new document, while the "Insert" button will insert the envelope data into the document that is presently open inside OpenOffice Writer.
When the "Envelope" window closes, it then inserts the envelope data into an OpenOffice document that is correctly formatted for printing.
All users need to do now is insert an envelope into the printer and then click "File" from the main menu and then "Print."