How to Print a Shipping Label

After you purchase a shipping label, you need to download and print it. You can download and print a shipping label as often as necessary, until the Ship Date for the order.

Printing and attaching your label to your package has several steps:

How to download a shipping label

To print or reprint a shipping label:

  1. Sign in to Etsy.com.
  2. Click the Your Account icon, then click Shop Manager.
  3. Click Orders & Shipping.
  4. Click the order for the shipping label you want to reprint.
  5. Click Download Shipping Label.

How to print shipping labels with a 4x6 label printer

To print your shipping labels using a DYMO LabelWriter 4XL or Zebra GC 420d label printer:

  1. Sign in to Etsy.com.
  2. Click the Your Account icon, then click Shop Manager.
  3. Click Orders & Shipping.
  4. Click View shipping labels.
  5. Click Options.
  6. Select Format my labels for 4x6 Label printers.

How to print a shipping label

After you download your shipping label(s), you need to print them.

To print your shipping label(s):

  1. Open the downloaded PDFs.
  2. Select to Print the PDF. This is usually in the File dropdown.
  3. Select the paper size you want to use. If you’re printing on label paper, be sure to select “4 in. x 6 in.” as the paper size in your printer settings.
  4. Check the preview to be sure that the label is formatted correctly. If the label doesn't print with the correct aspect ratio, package scanners may not be able to read your label, and your package may not be delivered on time.
  5. Click Print.

How to attach a shipping label

After you print your shipping label(s), you need to attach it to your package.

Paper labels

To attach a paper shipping label to your package, securely attach the label to the top of the package using clear packaging tape. Make sure you don’t block or obscure the label barcode. Labels should be completely visible and can’t be altered or modified in any way.

Certain international shipping labels will be made up of multiple pages. The multi-page form must be attached using an official USPS envelope 2976-E.  

Sticker labels

To attach a sticker shipping label to your package, leave the adhesive backing on the pages and attach them this way.

What printer should I use?

Labels must be printed on 8.5" x 11" white paper or self-adhesive label sheets using a high-quality inkjet or laser printer. When using an inkjet printer, 600 dots-per-inch (DPI) is recommended.

Low-quality printers may result in your label being rejected by the carrier.

We officially support the DYMO LabelWriter 4XL and Zebra GC 420d label printers. However, some members have successfully used other 4 x 6 inch label printers.

What if my label doesn’t print correctly?

Make sure you have an updated PDF reader

Because PDFs usually require third-party software, make sure that you have a PDF reader installed and that it is up to date. There are some PDF readers that can be downloaded for free, like Adobe Reader. If you’re using a Mac, you can open PDFs with the Preview application.

Note: If using Adobe, please be sure that you are running the most up-to-date version of both your browser and Adobe Reader.

Check your Browser Extensions/Add-ons or Settings

Some browser add-ons may cause the PDF to not load or appear corrupted. Check to make sure add-ons like Ad Block are up to date and performing properly.

You may also try temporarily disabling any add-ons to see if this corrects the issue. For instructions, please see the support page for your browser:

Try downloading the label again

Some PDF reader software may interfere with your browser’s normal behavior. If this is the case, try downloading the shipping label to your computer by right clicking the Download Shipping Label button and selecting Save Target As or Save Link As.

Once it's downloaded to your computer, open the document in your PDF reader of choice.

Try a different browser

Some browsers can open PDFs inline using their own software (such as Google Chrome). If you’re having trouble opening a PDF in your browser, try a different browser and see if you have any success.

Make sure that you're using the most up-to-date version of your browser.

Learn more about buying the right postage for your orders.

How to reprint a label with changes

To reprint a label that needs to be changed or updated:

  1. Cancel the incorrect label by requesting a refund.
  2. After you submit your refund request, click Print New Shipping Label.
  3. Enter the updated label specifications and purchase a new label.
  4. Click Confirm and Buy. You can send a new shipping notification to your buyer with an updated message and tracking number.

If you have set a Ship Date for a day in the future, the shipping notification will be sent on that date.

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