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Barcode cookbook

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Barcodes. For some people it is a kind of magic. But the essence of a barcode is a sequence of sings readable to a scanner. Better still, did you know there exists a font that allows you to create barcodes with nearly every kind of software.

 

We explain here, how you can create barcodes in various ways.

Types of barcodes

For every application a specific barcode exists and a possible standard. Online you will find sufficient information. We are only going to talk about 1D barcodes, and more specific Code39 and Code128.

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How do I create barcodes ?

Online tools

 

Numerous free barcode generators can be found online, by which you can create any type of barcode 

An example  https://barcode.tec-it.com/.

Barcodes by font

 

Barcodes of type Code39 can be created simply by installing the font. You can download this free font via this link. After the download : click on your download using the right mouse-click and choose install. After this you will notice that you can select this barcode-font in all your general software.

 

Be aware ! There's one condition if you use this font :

every barcode that you create has to begin and end with *
Here's an example: Ik want to create barcode 123456 with Excel. In the cell I need to insert  *123456* . Without the stars you won't be able to scan the barcode. This rule only applies to this type of font.

 

Change the font of this cell to the barcode font , select fontsize larger than 28. This way, you will obtain the best result to scan. An example-file can be downloaded here. First install the font before your open this document.

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Print a label with barcode

 

Maybe you already possess a desktop labelprinter like f.i. a QL type of Brother, Dymo Labelwriter, or another type. This software has the necessary intelligence to print barcodes. Hereby an example how you can manage the lay-out of a label with barcode. In this example we use the P-Touch Editor software of Brother.

Excel linken aan labelsoftware

 

U hebt een artikellijst in excel met en u wil daarvan labels maken. Dit kan ook met de software die bij uw printer geleverd werd. Hierbij een voorbeeld hoe we een export-bestand uit onze Work2020 software linken en een etiket printen.

App on your smartphone for scanning

 

How do you know if the barcode that you have created is usable ? You can use an app on your smartphone that allows you to scan and check your barcode. Many apps exist, hereby a link to an app you can use for android and ios.

Interesting information? Forward this page.