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Frequently Asked Questions

How do I print sheets of labels?

  • You can use Word's address label templates to print sheets of the same bar code. This is the fastest and easiest way to print an entire sheet of identical bar code labels with no other text. Click for complete step by step instructions in pdf format.
  • The second way to print label sheets requires a label template. A label template tells your word processor how to lay out labels on a sheet. The bar codes do not have to be identical and you can also include other text or graphics on each label. Our bar code packages include templates for most standard sized labels. For more information see our template page.

Bar codes won't scan?

  • You did not include the Start or the Stop code.
  • You did not calculate and add the checksum character if a checksum was required for that bar code.
  • You are attempting to make a bar code with characters that do not exist in that bar code format.
  • You are printing bar codes on plain paper with an inkjet printer.
  • You are attempting to print a bar code that is too small. These bar code fonts are optimized for 300 dpi and higher resolution laser and inkjet printers. Maximum print density for a given printer resolution is specified in the program documentation.

Clip board copy doesn't work?

Our bar code utility programs copy both the bar code data and bar code font information to the clipboard. When you paste this data into your Windows application if all you will see is the bar code data your application program was not smart enough to paste in the font information along with the bar code data. To fix the problem, highlight the bar code data in your program and then select one of our bar code fonts for that data.

How do I get a bar code for my retail product?

See: http://www.barcodingfonts.com/retail-barcode.htm

I see empty square boxes in my bar code!

When you type in a character that does not exist in a particular font, Windows displays an empty square box as an error indication. Each bar code font has a limited character set. Square boxes indicate you are entering characters that are not in that bar code set. These bar codes will not scan.

How do I make really tall bar codes?

If you want to make taller bar codes without increasing the width of the bar code, select the next larger typeface name (moving from, say, "Font Name b" to "Font Name c"). If you still can't get the height you want, you will need to print the bar code line twice. Print a line, move down on the page, and print the same line again. The bar codes will join together to make a taller bar code.

The human readable bar code 128 shows the checksum!

When you select the human readable bar code 128 fonts, everything in the bar code is displayed, including the checksum. Fonts have no intelligence, they don't know you want to display something that is not exactly what is in your bar code. If you do not want to display the checksum character, switch to the matching standard bar code 128 typeface right before you print the checksum data.

What about the free barcode fonts found on the web?

When you select the human readable bar code 128 fonts, everything in the bar code is displayed, including the checksum. Fonts have no intelligence, they don't know you want to display something that is not exactly what is in your bar code. If you do not want to display the checksum character, switch to the matching standard bar code 128 typeface right before you print the checksum data.