Sometimes, your application doesn't require the use or cost of a dedicated barcode printer. The most cost-effective alternative is to use a "barcode font". A barcode font is a Windows True Type Font, that is installed on your desktop computer in the same manner that you would install a new font for a publishing or word processing application.
Barcode Font can eliminate the cost of a dedicated barcode printer. The Barcode Font is ideal for applications where you want relatively durable labels at a low cost.. Printing with Microsoft Word using Avery Label Stock and a laser printer, you can begin printing barcodes using a Barcode Font almost immediately.First, Download the Free Barcode Font...
A Barcode Font is easy to use. Remember, a Barcode Font will work on any Windows or Mac program that supports the use of True Type fonts. The example we'll show below is how to use a barcode font with Microsoft Windows. First, download each barcode font from these links:
Save the font to a folder where you'll remember where it is. You'll have to go to that directory and un-zip the files. Once unzipped, they're ready to install. To install them, do the following:
1) Go to "Start", "Settings", "Control Panel", "Fonts"
2) When the Font program loads, select "File" from the menu bar, then select "Install New Font". Navigate to where you stored the attachments and select them both. Then press install.
Using the Barcode Font is easy using Microsoft Word. First, determine what Avery label size you want to use, and get a pack of labels. Then open up a blank document in Microsoft Word. You're going to specify this document as one specifically for labels. This is what you do:
From the "Tools" option on the Menu Bar, Select "Envelopes and Labels". The "Envelopes and Labels" dialog box will appear:
Now Select the "Options" Button, and the following dialog will appear:
On the bottom left, select the label number of the Avery Label. For this example, we're going to select "5160 - Address". Make sure the "Printer information" option selected matched your type of printer, then press the "OK" button. You will then be back to the "Envelopes and Labels" dialogue box. Make sure "Full Page of the same label" is selected, and press the "New Document" button.
A new document will open that is formatted for the Avery Label stock you've selected.
Third, enter and format the data you want to print out with the Barcode Font...
Using the free Barcode Font is a bit tricky, but this step-by-step guide will help. Here are the steps:
a) Type in the numbers (no spaces, special characters or lower case letters) into the cells or nests of the label template.
b) Resize the text on the sheet by selecting a font size of 28 or higher. You need the re-sizing so the barcode will be big enough for your reader to recognize. Just highlight the text in the cells, select "Format" from the Toolbar, select "Font", then on the right hand side where it says "Size" select "28" and press OK. Now your screen should look something like this:
Now, go to the end of each string and put a "*" on the right side of each entry, like this:
Now put a "*" at the beginning of each string like this:
At first blush, this method may seem convoluted at first...but we need to do it this way because if you put the "*" at the beginning of the text, then another at the end, Microsoft Word will think you're telling it to produce "BOLD" text instead of formatting for the Barcode Font. Now, all you have to do is highlight the text, and select the Barcode Font from the dropdown font list:
The text in the cells will then change to the barcode representation of the text, with a "*" on each side. Your document should look like the one below:
Note that you may have to increase the font size to get your barcode reader to read the barcodes generated by the Barcode Font. Play around with it and have fun. Printing barcodes has never been so inexpensive or easy.
Remember to give us a call if you have any questions, or we can help you with other barcode fonts!