Creating barcodes in Microsoft® Excel® is an easy task with IDAutomation products. IDAutomation offers easy-to-use barcode add-ins, VBA macros, AppleScript and barcode fonts as well as ActiveX Controls.
The IDAutomation Barcode Plug-In for Excel provides an easy method to generate barcodes in Excel for Windows, by either selecting cells or entire columns and clicking the appropriate button (video tutorial). Mac users should follow the Barcode Fonts in Excel Tutorial.
Simply install the IDAutomation Barcode Font that is needed, select the cells to convert to barcodes and click the button. After the appropriate barcode font is installed, the applicable buttons will be available. For example, after installing the Code-128 Fonts, the following buttons appear:
Self-checking barcode fonts such as Code-39 may be easily used in Excel. This implementation is cross-platform compatible with both Mac and Windows. To use fonts other than self-checking versions, refer to the Barcode Add-In for Windows, AppleScript for the MAC or VBA Macros.
All self-checking barcode fonts require a start and stop character. IDAutomation's Code-39 fonts can be easily generated in Excel by (1) using a formula to append the asterisks to the beginning and ending of the field and (2) selecting the font for the field. The example below creates the text for a Code 39 barcode in cell B2 from the data in cell A2.
Tabs and returns can be added with Code 39 fonts (in extended-39 mode) between fields by inserting "$I" for a tab and "$M" for a return. For example, this formula encodes a tab between cells C3 and D3: =("!"&C3&"$I"&D3&"!")
Using Code 39 in the Excel example below enter the formula in cell E3.
If a large column of data needs to be bar-coded, where copying and pasting the barcode font formula into each cell would be cumbersome, then creating barcodes in an entire column would be essential. In this example, Code 3 of 9 barcodes are created in the Excel using the IDAutomation Code-39 Font. To use fonts other than the self-checking versions such as Code 128 or Interleaved 2 of 5, refer to the Barcode Add-In for Windows, AppleScript for the MAC or VBA Macros.
To see a list of all fonts offered, view IDAutomation's product index.
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