1. Open a new
a. Click on the
b. In the
New/Open dialogue box click on the Media size drop down menu arrow
and select the size of the label.
c. Click on the
New tab and then select the orientation of the label Horizontal or
2. Click on
Insert in the menu bar and select Bar Code, the Bar Code
Properties dialogue box will appear.
3. Select a Barcode
a. In the Bar Code
Properties dialogue box, click on the Protocol tab.
b. Select the type of
barcode you desire by clicking on the name of the barcode.
The picture below
shows that barcode Code39 is selected with the Description of CODE39 below the
Next to the heading
Characters is the list of characters can be use for the selected
The picture below
shows that the CODE39 barcode data can contains letters, but they must be in
upper case letter can not be lower case.
Next to Number
of Digits, it indicates that you can have up to 250 characters for the
CODE39 barcode data.
barcode protocol may not allow letters in the data and limit the number of
characters in the data. It is the specification of the selected barcode,
it can not be change.
4. Click on the
Setup tab, there will be some options available for you to select, it
depends on the type of barcode protocol you have selected.
a. # of
Characters you can limit the # of characters that can be input for the
barcode data. Note: This option is not available for all
Margins adds a blank space at the beginning and at the end of the bar.
Deselecting this option may cause the barcode scanner unable to read the barcode
printed on the label.
c. Check Digit
adds a character to the barcode data. It decreases the chance of barcode
scanner reading the barcode incorrectly.
d. Width is the
width setting of the barcode.
e. Ratio is the
ratio of the thickness of the lines in the bars. Smaller the ratio,
smaller the barcode printed on the label.
Characters puts the barcode characters below the barcode and selections for
were to positioning the characters under the barcode.
options affect the size of the barcode printed on the label; keep in mind the
smaller the barcode the more difficult for the barcode scanner to read the
5. Click on the
Input tab, type in the data for the barcode, and then click
6. After clicking
OK it will bring you back to the P-touch Editor 5.x window. At this window
you can resize or reposition the barcode, add text to the layout.
following suggestions are recommended when creating/printing bar code
verify the bar code readability with your specific bar code scanner.
bar code width should be set to the largest dimensions possible. If the bar code
size is too small, the bar code reader may not be able to scan the bar
printing a large number of labels with bar codes can overheat the print head,
which many affect printing quality.
codes should be printed in black on white labels. The bar code reader may not be
able to scan labels created with other substrate colors.
priority to Print Quality option is suggested when printing bar codes.