Microsoft® Word Tutorial Index:
Using the Word Barcode
Plug-In on Windows:
Barcode Add-In for Word allows easy barcode generation in Windows, by
selecting the text and clicking the appropriate barcode type button (video
tutorial). Apple users should follow the
Barcode Fonts on the MAC tutorial.
Buttons only show for
the IDAutomation barcode fonts that are installed. For example, after installing
the Code-128 Fonts, the following buttons appear:
The only method of barcoding in a Word mail-merge document is to use
barcode fonts. Automating the printing of self-checking fonts for a Word
mail-merge is easy. All that is needed is to make sure the start and stop
characters appear directly before and after the data in the barcode. For
print the Code 39 Fonts from a MS Word mail merge, use !«FieldName»!
for the merge field where FieldName is the name of the
field to merge. This entire set of characters must have the barcode font
selected for it, even though it will not look correct in the main document.
After the merge is performed, "«" and "»" will be removed and FieldName
will be replaced with the text in the data source.
If the self-checking fonts are not used, then the data will need to be
retrieved from Access or Excel where the font is already formatted in the
data source. An example of this is found in the
Word and Excel Mail-Merge Tutorial.
Code-39 Fonts in
Self-checking fonts such as
Code 39 have checking
codes built-in, which makes implementation on a MAC or Windows easy. In the
event Code-39 or Codabar cannot be used, IDAutomation provides the
MS Office Macro VBA
to automatically format more complex barcode fonts.
Self-checking fonts are
easy-to-use in Word as well as other applications and can be entered directly
from the keyboard. For example, to create a barcode that encodes the data
"1234ABCD" with the Code 39 Font:
- Select the font from the list of fonts in an application
- Type the start character, in this case it is "!"
- Type the data, in this case it is "1234ABCD"
- Type the stop character, in this case it is "!"
- Change the font back to the default font of the document.
Automating the printing of self-checking fonts for a Word
mail-merge is also easy.
applicable font in Word when distributing documents containing barcodes.
This however, requires a Developer License to the font.
Using Word's POSTNET
There is barcode utility that creates POSTNET barcodes built right into
Microsoft Word. To use this feature, do the following:
- Choose Tools - Envelopes and Labels.
- On the next menu, enter the addresses and choose Options. On the
options dialog, either select to have a POSTNET delivery point barcode
or a FIM courtesy reply barcode generated.
- For more information on this function of MS Word, please contact