totally lost. PRINTING CONTACT INFO, etc?


Perhaps I have been reading in the wrong places, eating off the wrong templates, or simply unclear on the concept, of doing things yourself.

I have been trying to use DIY for the first time. Seemed to be just what I was looking for. I use a Classic Size Covey. (As well as my version of Hipster and a Mac laptop, OS 10.4.1.)

After quite some time reading, etc., it appears to be that DYI has lots of various and sundry pages one can print, put in a planner, and then hand-write info on those pages throughout the day, etc.
Great. This is ideal for Calendar, notes, etc.

What I need most is to print data from computer onto pages/ templates for my planner - first and foremost my ADDRESS BOOK/ CONTACT LIST. It is currently on my mac in MSWord (fields separated eith commas.) I print the whole thing for my desktop addressbook. I need to print a (much more limited) version for my planner. It is fairly easy to export the data to excel, a contact program, etc... Or - export into a template with fields that is ready to then print double sided for a classic planner! But i am not finding any "field" templates here.

It will still be a fairly extensive list, so ideally I can modify the template to have the fields i need, and have be compact (skips fields that are left empty, uses small font, formats to fit many contacts on a page. (I can put everything in something like mac addressbook, but it prints each contact over numerous lines, putting only a few to a page.)

I have other material I also need to print and put in planner, but all I am seeing are pages where you hand write it. (It has taken me years to learn how to read my own handwriting.) For Example, Personal Info, Medical Info, Car info, etc...

I presume I can either type directly or import this data. Doing it with text edit in Adobe Acrobat is one serious pain in the tuchus, and I am sure not the way this is designed. I can create my own template in Word, but I presume this is the great alternative.

Please - set me straight. Thanks.


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mail merging?

If I understand it right, all you need to do is get the information in .csv format and then mail merge the information into the template. Here's a discussion about using mail merge to print calendar pages: I'd imagine it would be fairly similar to print out contact info...

I use a Mac at home and have got into the habit of putting all my contact info in Apple's Address Book or gmail. This sounds like a good excuse to learn this mail merge stuff when I get home and have some time to try it out.


contacts, csvs, and merging with my mac....


thanks kenny. ok so i export all the data into address book then merge with a template. great. now the templates i have found here also are large, don't necessarily have the fields i need, etc. how do i see the various contact templates dyi or various people have created. and/or how do i modify such a template?

How to use the templates


Most of the templates ARE designed to be printed/handwritten.

You can use the 'image' versions of some of the templates as 'backgrounds' in your favorite word processing software to make a pretty form you can type on. You can also use this approach with mail merges to print out oodles of forms that display the data from the spreadsheet of your choice.

One fellow is working on making some of the PDFs typable, but I don't think he's intending to do every template.


Ejukita ok... thanks. so

ok... thanks. so option one is i find a template i like and i make it the graphic background of, say, a word file. then formatting the text data to match with the tamplate.

option two, is mail merging.... can you point me in the direction of that? to where i find the instructions for doing this and/or to templates that might fit the bill?


Mail Merge


Search this site for "Mail Merge" and you will find a few different threads that discuss merging. There is at least one that goes into the topic in depth. You will have to do some experimentation yourself, though.

All the templates are suitable for merging as long as you have a graphic software you can use after doing an alt-prtscrn to capture the form on the screen. :)

If not, then the official Hipster templates for sure. Not sure if the other templates have been exported to graphics.