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Starguide7
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Problems printing postcards

I want to print some postcards, standard issue USPS postage-paid cards, 3.5 x 5.5 inches, using my new HP OfficeJet 8500.

 

I set up the content in WordPerfect. Under paper size, I edited the entry for 4 x 6 index card to be a 3.5 x 5.5 size.  (No "postcard" option was on the list.)  I set the paper feed to "center," since that's where the cards go in the paper tray.

 

When I tried to print, the printer passed the cards through the printer without printing on them.

 

I set the paper size back to the standard 4 x 6 index card,and  used wider margins to compensate. I had to specify landscape orientation in the document to get the text to display in the right orientation. However, I think the paper needs to feed into the printer like an envelope, short edge leading.

 

To see how the margin adjustments were working, I cut some 22# paper to postcard size and tried to print a test.. If I feed the paper with the 5.5 edge leading, the content doesn't have the right orientation. If I feed the paper with the 3.5 edge leading, the printer crumples up the paper and I have to clear out paper jams.

 

I'm hoping the heavier card stock will feed through without tearing, but I hate to waste actual postage-paid postcards on a test when I don't know whether the margins I set are going to work..

 

Thanks for any help.

 

 

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