Designing Labels with Your DuraLabel 9000

Last Modified: 07/29/2021
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Learn how to design labels using Microsoft® Word. Variations may occur among different versions of Word, but basic principles are the same. The DuraLabel 9000 is designed to work with any currently supported Windows software and should work with the software installed on your computer. Microsoft Word 2003 and 2010 were used to describe many procedures below.

The following information assumes your printer has been properly installed and is connected in the online mode.

Like visuals? You can view examples here: DuraLabel 9000 User Guide

Text Boxes

Text boxes let you position text anywhere on a document. They can have borders and be filled with color or have no borders and be transparent. They’re ideal for grouping text and graphics. You can format text within the text box to whatever size and style you choose.

Add a text box by clicking Insert on the Word toolbar, then click Text Box. A menu appears displaying several text box templates. Click Draw Text Box at the bottom of the menu, then draw a square on the blank page where you would like the text box to appear.

A text box with eight small boxes (handlebars) along its border appears at the location you clicked. You can begin entering text immediately. The text box expands as you enter text.

NOTE: Right-clicking on a text box allows you to edit some of its properties.


The “handlebars” let you change text box size. Click on a handlebar and drag it until the text box is the desired size. Dragging a middle-top or middle-side handlebar changes the width or height of the text box. Dragging a corner handlebar lets you change width and height simultaneously.

NOTE: Pressing the Shift Key while dragging a corner handlebar changes a text box’s width and height proportionately.


To position a text box on a label canvas, place the cursor anywhere along the text box’s border, but not on a handlebar. Your cursor will become a 4-headed arrow. You can now drag the text box to another location.

If you don’t want the text box border to print on your label, double-click on a corner of the text box. A Format tab opens on your computer’s menu bar*. Click Shape Outline, then select No Outline from the options that appear.

*Describes Word 2007 or Word 2010 procedure

The text box disappears.

NOTE: If you choose not to use a text box for your text, you will still be able to print your label, although you will not be able to move your text or graphics freely. Consult your word processor’s help file for more detailed information about using the text box tool.


To insert a symbol on your Word document, select Picture from your Insert tab, browse for the symbol you want to add, select it, then click Insert. The symbol now appears on your Word document. Move and resize symbols as necessary.

NOTE: Graphic Products provides you with industrial safety symbols in the DL9000 Templates and Symbols folder on your DuraLabel 9000 CD. Run the CD, then click on Templates & Symbols on the DuraLabel 9000 Startup Screen that opens. You can store the Templates and Symbols folder in any convenient location on your computer.

HINT! When determining a symbol’s size, make it large enough to be recognized from a reasonable distance and check regulatory requirements to ensure compliance.

To freely position an image or symbol, right-click on it and select Format Picture from the context menu that appears. Select the Layout tab on the Format Picture dialog box that now appears and choose the “In front of text” text wrapping option.

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