How to make barcode labels in word

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How to make barcode labels in word
American retail products use the UPC-A barcode while European products use the EAN-13 barcode. (barcode_02 image by Perth from Fotolia.com)

Barcodes are used virtually everywhere, from grocery stores to libraries. A scanner reads the barcode to register an item's information. They help make products in a store or business easier to manage. You don't need fancy equipment to make working, professional-looking barcodes--all you need is a word processing program and a package of address labels.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Address label sheets
  • Barcode font
  • Microsoft Word or other word processor

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download a barcode font from a font website. Common barcode fonts are Code 128, Code 39 and Bookland.

  2. 2

    Find the barcode font on your computer and drag the file into the C:\Windows\Fonts folder.

  3. 3

    Open a word processor.

  4. 4

    Set up your word processor to print with the labels you have selected. Depending on the program, you may be able to choose the specific label type from a menu. Set the document up so that you will be printing the same information on all of the labels.

  5. 5

    Type your UPC or EAN in the field for the label you will be creating. UPCs and EANs are a series of numbers that identify your product and make up your barcode. You cannot make up your own UPC or EAN; you must purchase one through the Uniform Code Council.

  6. 6

    Click on the font menu. Scroll to find the barcode font and click on it. The characters will turn into barcodes.

  7. 7

    Print the labels on address label sheets.

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