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I'm trying to create a simple label report with Crystal to be formatted to a dot matrix form feed printer.
The labels are 1" height 7" width.
Using the labels Wizard in Crystal, all apears ok, except for the Number of Labels Section. When I've entered in all of my details, label dimesions, the number of labels are 1 across and 7 down, per page.  
Does this mean when I send a print job to the printer, if there are only 2 labels to print, will it scroll the other 5 labels with nothing on them ?
If So, is there a way I can prevent this ?

Help!

This is an Urgent Matter!
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by:frodoman
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Yes, this is correct.

No, you cannot prevent it.  As far as I know there is no way to stop CR from doing a form feed at the end of a report.  The only way around it that I can think of would be to setup your print details as though your page is 2" high (or whatever your labels are) so CR will treat each label as it's own 'page' and you can handle the form feed manually from the printer.  Note that this will only work if the distance between labels is consistent including from bottom or one form to the top of another.
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by:tmercer
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The distance between the labels are consistent. ( Comes on one big roll.)
How do you set your page height options in Crystal Reports ?
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You don't actually need to set page height.  Just set your labels to 1x1 (1 across & 1 down).  Set your label height correctly.  Set the top & bottom page margin to equal the distance between labels.

CR will treat each label as it's own page.
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See thats the thing.

I don't have the option set set my labels.

I select User Defined Type for my type of label. As soon as I enter in my label height, and other dimesons it automatically sets the the across and down options with no chance of editing avaiable.


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Got it.  In that case, go ahead & change your paper size.

File -> Printer Setup

From there it depends on your printer but in your papersize dropdown look for 'custom' or 'postscript custom' or something like that.  You'll probably have to then click the "properties" button for the selected printer and then the "advanced" button to set a custom size.

Sorry I can't say for certain but this is dependant on your printer's drivers...
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So I've been able to print my labels to the printer, and they seem to be working fine.
Except for the number of labels being printed.

I started another question for that issue.

Thanks for all your Help.


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