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The Label Editor

The Label editor provides a convenient way to print a wide variety of labels. With it, you can do the following:

  • Design labels for mailings, file folders and file cards, and for many other needs,

  • Specify the font, font size, and style to be used for the labels, 

  • Specify the number of labels across and down on each page, 

  • Specify the how many labels to print per record,

  • Specify the label page margins,

  • Load and save label designs, 

  • Print labels.

The Label editor contains settings for designing labels and positioning the labels on label paper. For example, when producing mailing labels, you might want a label design that includes the person’s first and last name on the first line, the street address on the second line, and so on. As part of the design, the Label editor enables you to specify the number of labels on the page and the margins of the label paper so that the label text is centered within the labels.
When you create a satisfactory label design, you can save it to disk so that you can reuse it. 

To open the Label editor:

  • Select the table that you want to create labels for

  • Select the records in that table that you want to print the labels for.




The Label editor consists of two pages, the Label page and the Layout page, each identified by a tab at the top of the dialogue box. You use the Label page to specify the contents of the label and the Layout page to define the size and position of the labels on the page. 

Label Page  

The Label page contains several areas with settings for designing and formatting labels.

It contains the following elements:

label editor Label page

List of Fields

This area displays the names of the fields in the selected table in a hierarchical list.

To use a field from this list in the label template, you just drag it onto the label preview area to the right of the list. 

Static Text entry area

This area allows you to add static text objects to the label. Click on the arrow button above the area to insert the text entered into the preview area. You can position it in this area using the mouse.

Label preview area

You use this area to design your label zone by placing and positioning all the items that you want to include in your label. The white rectangle represents a single label (its size is configured on the Layout tab). You can drag fields onto the label or insert static text from the Static Text area. You can also concatenate two fields (for example, First Name and Last Name) by dropping the second field onto the first one. They are automatically separated by a space.
The toolbar above this area contains tools for drawing, selecting, aligning, distributing, layering, and duplicating objects. You can also paste in items from the clipboard - for example, your logo.

Object Look, Text and Style

These three areas contain options you can use to configure the appearance of the items placed in the preview area. The Object Look area has controls that let you specify foreground and background colours, fill patterns, and borders for individual objects on the label. The Text and Style areas include controls that allow you to specify the font, font size, display format, and style of the text, and so on. You can apply these parameters to fields or static text.

Form to Use drop-down list

Don't use the options under this drop-down unless we have created a label form specifically for you. 

Default Look button 

This button applies the default set of Object Look attributes to the selected object. Any parameters set in the Object area are reset to their default values.

Layout Page  

The Layout page contains controls for printing labels based on the requirements of the printer you selected in the Print Manager (System Preferences->Printers and Scanners on Macintosh), so that it can format the page accurately.

label editor layout page

Print Setup button

This button lets you set the format of the page on which the sheet of labels will be printed. When you click this button, the setup dialog box for the printer selected in your system appears.
Note: The sheet created by the editor is based on the logical page of the printer, i.e. the physical page less the margins that cannot be used on each side of the sheet. The physical margins of the page are shown by blue lines in the preview area. 

Orientation and Labels Order buttons

These buttons enable you to specify the page orientation and the order in which information is assigned to labels. Keep in mind that the orientation of the sheet is independent from that of the page. If you modify this parameter, be sure to change the configuration of the page accordingly in the standard print setup dialog box.

Labels across and Labels down boxes

These boxes are used to control the size of labels by specifying the number of labels that appear on your label paper. 

Area for setting label size

This area includes various options for setting the size of the labels with respect to the different margins to be applied.


The Unit drop-down list changes the units in which you specify your label and label page measurements. You can use pixels, millimeters, centimeters, or inches.

Label Size and Page size

  • The Label Size and Page Size radio buttons are used to select the label or the page for setting label and page dimensions. If you click Label Size, you can enter the Label Width and Label Height in the appropriate areas — except when the Automatic resizing box is checked (see following paragraph). If you click Page Size, you can enter values for the Right Margin and Bottom Margin. These margins are symbolized by blue lines in the preview area.

  • Checking the Automatic resizing option means that CatBNase automatically calculates the size of the labels (i.e. the Label Width and Label Height) according to the values set in all the other parameters. When this option is checked, the label size is adjusted each time you modify a page parameter. The Label Width and Label Height parameters can no longer be set manually.

  • The Top Margin and Bottom Margin areas set the corresponding margins for the label sheet. These margins are symbolized by blue lines in the preview area.

  • The Horizontal Gap and Vertical Gap parameters control the amount of space between label rows and columns.

Labels per record drop-down list

This control lets you print more than one copy of each label. If you print more than one copy, CatBase prints the copies consecutively rather than making copies of the label pages.

Standard Code drop-down list 

This option is currently non-functional..

Method to apply and Apply Once

Please do not use these options unless specifically instructed by us!

Layout preview area

This area provides a reduced view of how an entire page of labels will look, based on the dimensions you enter in the Label editor. The page preview also reflects the paper size selected in the Print Setup dialog box. You can also select the first label on the page to be printed. The red border indicates the size of the physical page and the blue border indicates the size of the printable area.

Saving and loading label designs  

CatBase lets you save each label design as a file that you can open from the Label editor. By saving label designs, you can maintain a library of labels that you can use according to your needs. 
Label designs store the parameters set on the Label and Layout pages. 

  • To save a label design, click the Save button in the editor and indicate the name and location of the design to be created. 

  • To load a label design, click the Load button in the editor and designate the design to load in the open-file dialog box (4D replaces the current label design with the design you selected).

Label files are denoted by the file extension .4LB.

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