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Address Panels


 

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The Address Panel Object

The address panel is a special object that includes several text fields with personal data. Address panels can also include a barcode. Text fields organized as an address panel work as a template. It defines which information will be displayed, as well as its location and order.

The address panel object consists of the data area outlined by the frame (4) and a tag. The tag and outer border are visible only when the address panel is selected. Two pop-up menus are located on the tag: (1) lets you switch from the delivery address to return address; (2) lets you choose an address template.

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A blank address panel displays the data field names (3 and 5 in the picture) until they are populated with information. A deselected address panel hides blank fields.

Once you have added an address panel, its data fields become linked to the contact selected in the Source panel and display the name, address, etc. When you select another contact, the program updates information in the address panel. Data fields are automatically rearranged to keep standard spaces between them.

Address Panel

There are two contacts that can be selected in the program at the same time. One for the return address (Sender) and one for the delivery address (Recipient). Each address panel is linked to one of these addresses. By default, a new address panel is linked to the delivery address. To change the address type click on the pop-up menu (1).

Don't confuse the address panel with grouped text fields.

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Adding and Deleting Address Panels

To insert an address panel, do one of the following:

To delete an address panel, select it and press the Delete button.

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Choosing the Return or Delivery Address

By default, address panels are set up to display the delivery address. To choose the recipient or sender address, choose the Format > Refers To menu. Or, use the pop-up menu on the address panel tag. The tag indicates the panel type.

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Note that the return address won't show up in your document until you add a "sender" address panel.

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Populating an Address Panel with Information

Before following the steps below, you should import the contact information.
Contacts stored in your Address Book are imported automatically.

  1. Select an address panel.
  2. Open the Source panel and choose Senders or Recipients section (Window > Contacts).
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  3. Choose a contact in the Source panel.

To change information in the address panel manually, double-click on the text.

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Choosing an Address Template

The presence of particular information and its order in the address panel is determined by the address template. There is a number of built-in templates. You can create custom templates as well.

To see the complete structure of the address panel, activate the editing mode by double-clicking on any text field. All the text fields will be displayed including the blank ones that aren't usually visible.

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Blank fields are those whose information is absent in the database. In the editing mode, the blank fields display their names. Click on the name to type in information.

To choose another address template, use the Format > Address Template menu, or use the pop-up menu on the address panel tag. The tag displays the current template name.

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If you need to hide some information included in a standard template, use the ON/OFF pop-up menu in the Text tab of the Inspector. Click on an item to hide or show it.

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Choosing Country

Labels & Addresses takes in consideration that in different countries parts of an address may follow in a different order. The program changes the address formatting depending on the selected country.

By default, the program takes a country name from the address displayed on the canvas. If country is not specified, it uses the default country selected in the program Preferences. The described above works when Auto is selected in the Format > Country menu. You can choose a country manually in the Format > Country menu. At merge printing, a country selected manually for an address panel affects formatting of all printed addresses.

 

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Formatting an Address Panel

To format text inside an address panel, use tools located in the Format section of the Text tab in the Inspector.

Assistant Window

To change the alignment of the address panel content, use the Alignment buttons.

The Vertical Expansion buttons let you set the direction in which the address panel grows if should more lines be added. In the batch printing mode, when addresses are inserted automatically, you cannot verify the position of every address. In this case, you can leave blank space above or below the address panel and set the panel to expand in this direction.
Choose the left button to fix the topmost line, choose the right button to fix the bottommost line. To make the panel expand in both directions, choose the middle button.

The rest of text settings are described in the Working with Text section.

The program can automatically format multi-line street address into one line. To enable or disable this feature, use the Set street field in a line check box in the Address Panel tab of the Preferences dialog.

 


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