So you want to send a letter… like a real letter in an envelope?? Wow, talk about retro! Well of course Google can do that, too, so I guess it’s a good blend of the old and the new. Besides... who doesn't love to get a good, old-fashioned letter?!
Let me first say that I am NOT a big fan of printing anymore. Why would you need to print when you can see and send everything (well, almost everything) digitally? But the request I received from a letter-writing teacher that prompted me to write this post was legit. The thing is that you won’t actually be using “Docs” to do it. When attempting to change the size of a document in actual Docs, you’re going to run into this page-sized problem:
See what’s missing? Not only is there no envelope sized option, there is not even a custom option for you to set it manually. This calls for Google Drawing.
First, open a Google Drawing by typing drawings.google.com into your Omnibox. This will give you a fresh page on which to work your magic. I like to take a moment, when I first open a new document of any sort, to do two things:
Now that you have your newly-born Drawing, you will first need to set your page size to match that of an envelope. A standard business-sized #10 envelope is 4 ⅛ x 9 ½ (for you non-math folks, that translates to 4.125 x 9.5). Click again on the File menu and scroll down to “Page setup,” and choose “Custom.”
Add a textbox for the return address (unless of course you’re using pre-printed envelopes from your school or district), then another for the recipient address.
**If all of the above it just too much for you to handle, I’m here for you! Here is a link to a template that you can use: https://goo.gl/Vfol56
Next, you’ll need to tell you printer to expect an envelope. In the File menu of Drawings, choose “Print,” which will open up the Chrome print dialogue. From the “Paper size” drop-down menu, select “Envelope #10.”
Be sure that the preview pane on the right displays your envelope correctly, then go over to your printer, and look for the icon that shows how to insert the actual envelope (some printers will have you insert the envelope face-up, while others require flap-up). Once it’s properly inserted, just click “Print” on your computer, and listen for that magical sound of whirring to tell you YOU DID IT!