The specific method for customizing an Avery address label template varies according to the program you use, though most feature a simple text editing tool wherein you click directly on the sample text to edit it. As of 2015, Avery labels are compatible with Microsoft Word, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and Adobe Photoshop. as well as its own editor tool.
The first step to customizing an Avery address label template is to download the appropriate file from avery.com. Each specific type of label features its own template, which already includes formatting to ensure that all text and images appear within a single label. Once you locate the appropriate file, open it in the program of your choice. As a word processing program, Microsoft Word defaults onto text editing tools. Click on a specific piece of text to type in the name and address you desire and to modify its color, font and size.
To edit the labels in any of the Adobe programs, first select the Text tool and then click on the text to edit it. Each text entry operates as its own independent section, meaning that you must update each label through a separate click. These tools feature more open drawing and image editing functions, which give you a greater level of control over where to place the image. The Avery Design & Print tool offers the same functionality, and is available online as well as through a downloadable program.