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.
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Things you need
- Address label sheets
- Barcode font
- Microsoft Word or other word processor
Download a barcode font from a font website. Common barcode fonts are Code 128, Code 39 and Bookland.
Find the barcode font on your computer and drag the file into the C:\Windows\Fonts folder.
Open a word processor.
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.
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.
Click on the font menu. Scroll to find the barcode font and click on it. The characters will turn into barcodes.
Print the labels on address label sheets.
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