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I have a HP OfficeJet 5222 printer. I was wondering if im able to print with 4 by 6 inch shipping labels? If so how do I do this?

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The answer is "Maybe" and "I think so".


Product Specifications for the HP OfficeJet 5220 All-in-One Printer (M2U81B)

Section Paper Handling


Media sizes supported (metric)
A4; A5; B5; DL; C6; A6
Media sizes supported (U.S. standard)
Letter; Legal; 4 x 6 in; 5 x 7 in; 8 x 10 in; No. 10 envelopes
Media sizes, custom (metric)
76.2 x 127 to 216 x 594 mm
Media sizes, custom (U.S. standard)
3 x 5 to 8.5 x 23.38 in
Media types
Plain paper; HP photo paper; HP Matte or Professional Matte Paper; HP Matte Presentation Paper; HP Brochure or Professional Paper Glossy; Other inkjet photo paper; Other inkjet papers dull; Other inkjet papers glossy; Plain paper; Light/recycled
Media weight supported (metric)
75 to 250 g/m
Media weight supported (U.S. standard)
19 to 64 lb
Borderless printing
Yes (up to 8.5 x 11 in, 216 x 297 mm)


The paper size is supported.

The first trick will be selecting a Media (paper type) that will work.


Try something "thicker" than plain paper - Brochure matte might work - this paper type "generally" works with labels.


What else?


The next challenge is to get the printer to accept the paper.

Remove other paper.

Load the little shipping labels into the printer, print side down, shorter edges front / back

Load several - maybe eight labels.

Reference:  User Guide (Starting on Page 12)



Tell the printer about the change of paper / size


Check / Adjust / Retain the Paper at the Printer Display Panel


Note:  This option is not applicable to printers that lack a printer display panel and may not be available on all printer models that do include a printer display panel.


Open Printer Tray,

If you have not yet done so, add desired paper type

Wait a couple of seconds…

Close Tray

IF applicable for your printer:

Look for a message on the Printer Control / Display Panel,

Click Modify (wording varies), set the paper size and type, Click OK


NOTE:  If the size of the Paper Size is not in the Drop-down menu, Select Custom (likely the last selection in the list)


And / Or

Embedded Web Server (EWS)


 Note:  This option is not applicable to printers connected via a USB printer cable (no network connection).



If the printer is on the network,

If the EWS feature is supported on your printer,

Use the Embedded Web Server (EWS) to view / configure your printer.

NOTE:  Laser printer options in EWS are very different from those offered in InkJet Printers.


Open your favorite browser > type / enter Printer IP address into URL / Address bar

Tab Settings > Preferences > Tray and Paper Management

If applicable, check the Advanced section (at the bottom of the Tray and Paper Management menu)

Click Apply to save changes


NOTE:  If the size of the Paper Size is not in the Drop-down menu, Select Custom (likely the last selection in the list)


NOTE:  EWS is also available in HP Smart


Set the Preferences - Windows


NOTE:  Ignore this section when not relevant (for example, creating envelopes or labels in Word)


  1. Check / enable the printer as the “Default Printer”


Settings > Devices > Printers and scanners

UNCHECK (clear box) Let Windows manage my default printer

Select (Left-Click) your printer from the list of printers > Manage > Set as Default



  1. Select and adjust settings in each category for the Media (kind of paper), source (tray), and paper size.


Settings > Devices > Printers and scanners

Left-Click on (your) Printer > Manage > Printing Preferences



Tab Printing Shortcuts > Click / Highlight your preferred shortcut > Click Apply > Click OK to exit


NOTE - Make changes to a Shortcut

  • Select a shortcut and adjust the settings for paper, source (tray), other settings / Tabs
  • Scan Menu for HP Scan >>  If there is a More > section, check / adjust settings in the sub-sections > Click OK to save sub-menu changes
  • If supported, save the edited shortcut or use “Save As” or “Create Custom Shortcut” to save as a new / different file name
  • Click OK to save the setup



The rest of it depends on which software you are using to create and print the label.


For example, if you are using Word and a template / or just the paper size selected - and your layout is 6x4 (wider than tall), then you might want to use Orientation Landscape to make sure the content "turns" to the right-way on the paper.


What else?

What out for your margins.


Print Margin Bottom (A4)3.0 mm
Print Margin Left (A4)3.0 mm
Print Margin Right (A4)3.0 mm
Print Margin Top (A4)

3.0 mm


The margins on your smaller paper are likely the same (.1 inch) - but they might be larger.

If you have trouble, set your margins to "Narrow" (in Word, this is .5 inch).  Many printers will accept .5 inch on this size paper.


Printer  Home Page - References and Resources – Learn about your Printer  - Solve Problems

 “Things that are your printer”

NOTE:  Content depends on device type and Operating System

Categories:  Alerts, Access to the Print and Scan Doctor (Windows), Warranty Check, HP Drivers / Software / Firmware Updates, How-to Videos, Bulletins/Notices, Lots of How-to Documents, Troubleshooting, User Guides / Manuals, Product Information (Specifications), more

When the website support page opens, Select (as available) a Category > Topic > Subtopic

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