Labels FAQs

1. Can I print a laser printer product with an inkjet printer?

If the product package is labeled "Laser/Inkjet" or "inkjet compatible," the product can be printed through either inkjet or laser printers. For more information on printing labels, please view our Labels Printing Tips.


2. Can clear laser labels be printed with an inkjet printer?

Our clear label products are made with polyester film face-stocks. Inkjet and laser technologies require entirely different coatings for printing on films. Clear laser labels meet all of the requirements to run on standard desktop laser printers. They can not be printed with an inkjet printer. Avery has developed a full line of inkjet supplies to meet the special demands of inkjet printers. For more information on printing labels, please view our Labels Printing Tips.


3. What type of label adhesive is used for laser labels?

The adhesive used on white laser labels is an acrylic emulsion-based permanent adhesive. This type of adhesive is suitable for general purpose adhesion to most papers, envelopes, corrugated shipping containers, file folders, bare and painted metal, polypropylene and polyethylene bags. Laser Name Badges should not be used on leather, suede, corduroy, velvet, silk, vinyl and plastic. These labels can be applied and then removed from most other fabrics. The clear laser label products use a solvent based permanent adhesive which is also suitable for general purpose applications.


4. Can I print a few labels and save the label sheet for future printing?

Avery recommends that a sheet of labels be fed only once through a laser or inkjet printer. Our guarantee of jam-free performance extends only to a sheet of labels that has been though a laser printer a single time. The heat and tight paper path of a laser printer can cause the label to curl after multiple passes through the printer. This could cause the label to jam or peel off inside the printer and result in an expensive repair bill. For printing fewer labels, try Avery Mini-Sheets™ Laser Labels, which have the same high quality labels, in a convenient smaller sized sheet. For more information on printing labels, please view our Labels Printing Tips.


5. What is the shelf life of your labels?

This can vary greatly depending on environmental conditions (heat, humidity, etc...) but usually 2-3 years. However, if a person's definition of "shelf life" is really "life span," Laser & Inkjet labels have a life span of 10 -15 years.


6. How do I add a QR code or bar code to my labels?

For more information, view our Creating Barcodes Using Avery Design & Print Online Demo.


7. Which Avery shipping labels should I use to completely cover everything underneath the label on a package?

For more information, view our Avery Square Labels Demo.


8. Which Avery shipping labels should I use if I want the label to blend in with my package and completely cover everything underneath the label?

For more information, view our Avery Shipping Labels with TrueBlock Technology Demo.


9. Is it possible to remove and reapply my address labels?

For more information, view our Avery Repositionable Labels Demo.


10. Which Avery labels should I use to completely cover markings and old existing labels on my file folders?

For more information, view our Avery File Folder Labels with TrueBlock Technology Demo.


11. How do I use Avery Easy Peel Mailing Labels? 

For more information, view our Avery Easy Peel Mailing Labels Demo.


12. How do I print Avery filing labels or hanging file tabs?

For more information, view our Avery Filing Labels & Tabs Demo.


13. How do I create a shipping label and receipt for my package?

For more information, view our Avery White Shipping Labels with Paper Receipts Demo


14. How do I select a label?

Use our Avery Label Selector to find the label you’re looking for. Just choose your desired attributes to get started.