How to Configure your Label Settings

Here at Shippo, we understand that you may be printing labels from a variety of formats, so we've made it easy to update label settings to accommodate your preferred printing method.

In this guide, we will go over how to access, configure, and customize your Labels in Shippo.


How to Access your Label Settings

To Update your Label Settings::

  • Start by opening the Settings tab from the dashboard.
  • Next, from inside the Configurations section in the left sidebar, click Labels.

Here you can view, configure and customize your Label settings. 

 

Tip:

By default, labels will be set to 8.5x11in PDF – this setting accommodates a home office printer. If using a 4x6 Thermal Label Printer, you’ll want to be sure to change your default settings!

 


Configuring your Label Settings

Default label format field

The Default label format field is where you will set the size for the labels you'll create in Shippo. The most common label sizes are:

Shippo also supports several other specialty label sizes unique to certain carriers such as 4x8 inch for DHL Germany and A4/A6 PDF for Fastway Australia, for example. 

 

To select the size for your particular printer:

  • Open the  Default label format drop-down menu.
  • Choose your Label size.
  • Click the Save button at the bottom of the screen.

 

Note:

If you change the default format in the future, it will only apply to NEW labels that you create. Labels you've already created will not be changed.  

 

Default packing slip field 

The Default packing slip field is where you will set the default size for your packing slips based on the printer you use, just like for your labels.

To select the size of your Packing Slip:

  • Open the  Default Packing Slip drop-down menu.
  • Choose your Packing Slip size.
  • Click the Save button at the bottom of the screen.

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Add text on label field 

The Add text on label field allows you to customize your shipping label with up to two lines of text. To Add text onto your Label:

  • Check the Use Order Number box to have the unique order number for each label printed on the label. 
  • Any text you manually enter on the first line or second line will be printed on all labels. 
  • Custom text will be printed at the bottom right of USPS domestic labels (see USPS Shipping Label Examples). The location of the custom text for other carriers will depend on that particular carrier. 

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Default Outbound Service Level

Shippo's design allows you to compare rates from multiple carriers and multiple service levels before purchasing your shipping label. If you generally ship using the same carrier and service level for most of your shipments, you can bypass the comparison by setting your preference.

To designate your preferred carrier and service level:

  • Open the Select a carrier drop-down and the Designate a default service drop-down.
  • Select your preffered carriers.
  • Be sure to click Save after making your choice.

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Return Label Options for Outbound Packages

With the outbound labels, you can designate your preferred carrier and service level for return labels.

To designate your preferred carrier and service level for return labels:

  • Open the Select a default return carrier drop-down and the Designate a default return service drop-down.
  • Select your preferred carrier and service level for return labels.
  • Be sure to click Save after making your choice.

Check the box for Auto-create return labels for outbound shipments if you want to automatically create a return label at the same time as the outbound labels (see Create Return Labels in Shippo).

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Next, let's learn how to setup and customize our Packages in the Package Settings. 

 

Next Step: Customize your Package Settings 

 

 

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