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Barcode Addin for Word and Excel

  • Barcode Add-In for Microsoft Excel and Word on Windows and MacintoshEasily generate barcodes in Microsoft® Word and Microsoft® Excel® with a single click after highlighting the data to be encoded in the barcode.
  • Quickly change an entire data column or row to barcodes.
  • Royalty-free with the purchase of any IDAutomation barcode font package.
  • Supports all linear and 2D barcode fonts including DataBar and the IDAutomation Universal fonts.
  • Compatible with Word & Excel 2003, 2007, 2010 and 2013 for Microsoft® Windows® or Word & Excel 2004 and 2011 for Mac OSX.
  • Windows Users: This barcode add-in will not be visible unless the associated barcode fonts have also been installed.
  • Mac Users: The add-in will only encode the data, and will not generate a readable barcode unless the appropriate font is installed.
Download the Barcode Add-In for Microsoft Excel and Word in Windows and Macintosh
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Installing the Barcode Add-in for Windows

  1. If the barcode font of choice is not already installed, be sure to install it on the system first.
  2. Download and install the Add-in for Word and Excel
    1. If using Office 2007 or above, click the setup.exe install file located in the "2007 and Above" folder.
    2. If using Office 2003, click the IDAutomation_WordExcelAdd-in.exe installation located in the "2003" folder.
    This will enable the add-in toolbar within Word and Excel. In the following screenshots, multiple barcode fonts have been installed. The user will only see symbology options for the barcode fonts that are installed on the computer.
    Barcode Add-In Toolbar in Microsoft® Office® 2003
    Barcode Add-In Toolbar for Microsoft Office 2003
    Barcode Add-In Toolbar in Microsoft® Office® 2007, 2010 & 2013
    Barcode Add-In Toolbar in Microsoft Office 2007 & 2010

Installing the Barcode Add-in for Mac

  1. If the barcode font of choice is not already installed, be sure to install it on the system first.
  2. Quit Word and Excel if they are running.
  3. Download and extract the Add-in for Word and Excel, and open the Mac folder.
    1. If using Office version 2004, copy the IDAutomation_Excel_Addin.xla file to the Applications/Microsoft Office 2004/Office/Add-ins folder and copy the  IDAutomation_Word_Addin.dot file to the Applications/Microsoft Office 2004/Office/Startup/Word folder.
    2. If using Office version 2011, copy the IDAutomation_Excel_Addin.xla file to the Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Office/Add-ins folder and copy the  IDAutomation_Word_Addin.dot file to the Applications/Microsoft Office 2011/Office/Startup/Word folder.
  4. Open Excel and select the Add-Ins option in the Tools menu
    Select the Add-Ins Option in the Tools Drop Down Menu
  5. Make sure the IDAutomation_Excel_Addin.xla option is selected with a check.
    Be Sure to check the IDAutomation_Excel_Addin.Xla Option

    This will enable the add-in toolbar within Excel.

    Barcode Add-In Toolbar in Microsoft® Office® for Mac
    Barcode Add-In Toolbar in Microsoft Office for Macintosh

    The toolbar allows easy generation of barcodes by the click of a button. It is important to note that if an IDAutomation font is not installed on the computer, either licensed or demo, then the user will simply view the encoded data because the appropriate font is needed to display the barcode.

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Barcode Add-in for Microsoft Word Tutorial

How to Create Barcodes in Microsoft Word using Barcode Fonts and Microsoft Office Add-In

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Creating Barcodes in Word

This tutorial will demonstrate how to create a static barcode in a Microsoft Word document. To create dynamic barcodes in Word, refer to the Barcode Mail-Merge Tutorial.

  1. If the barcode font required is not already installed, be sure to install it on the system first.
  2. Then Download the Barcode Add-in for Word and Excel and install it to enable the add-in toolbar.
  3. Open a Word document and the add-in tool bar should be displayed in the Add-Ins tab.
  4. Highlight the data that will be encoded in the barcode.
    Data-to-Encode Must First Be Highlighted Before the Add-In Will Work
  5. Microsoft Word 2003: With the data highlighted, select the appropriate barcode font from the list. Multiple barcode fonts have been installed for the following screen shots, and users will see only the barcode options for the fonts installed on their own computers.
    Microsoft Office 2003 Barcode Add-In With Multiple Barcode Fonts Installed.
    Microsoft Word 2007 through 2013: Select the barcode font of choice from the list and then click the Change To Barcode button to encode and generate the barcode.
    Microsoft Office 2010 Barcode Add-In
    Microsoft Word 2004 or 2011 for Mac:
    Click the button of the desired barcode type to generate the barcode. The barcode font will only be applied if the appropriate barcode font is installed.
    Microsoft Word 2004 or 2011 Barcode Add-In for Macintosh

    Following is an example of the same data shown above being changed to a Code 128 barcode. A red line may appear in the barcode from the spell-checker, but this is normal and may be ignored in barcode symbols.
    Generate Barcode with Addin for Microsoft Word
  6. The data is formatted for the selected barcode type, and when the appropriate font is applied to it, an accurate barcode will be displayed. Once the data is formatted and changed to a barcode, it cannot be modified to another barcode type. The only way to change to a different barcode is by clicking the undo button several times until the data is changed back to the original data before formatting.
  7. Print and scan the barcode to verify that the correct data is being encoded. If a scanner is needed to verify barcodes, IDAutomation offers an easy to use USB barcode scanner.
  8. When distributing a Word document, the font should be embedded so the barcode is visible without the need to install the font package. This type of distribution requires at least a Developer License to the associated font.
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Using the Barcode Add-In for Word Mail-Merge

How to Create a Dynamic Barcode in Mail-Merge for Word

This tutorial demonstrates how to generate a dynamic barcode for Word mail-merge. When performing a mail-merge with Word using Excel, the add-in would only be used to encode the data in Excel. Then this encoded data will be merged into the Word document, at which time, the barcode font would be applied to the merged field. To create a single static barcode in a normal Word document, refer to the Word Barcode Add-In Tutorial.

  1. Click Change to BarcodeInstall the barcode font of choice if it is not already installed.
  2. Download the Barcode Add-In for Word & Excel, then install it.
  3. Create an Excel spreadsheet as the mail-merge data source.
  4. The barcode columns in the Excel spreadsheet should be created in the far-right column. The formula in the column should contain the data that needs to be encoded in the barcode.
  5. Row 1 in this column should be titled Barcode Column as in the example.
  6. Select the entire barcode column, excluding row 1, and convert this row to barcodes by choosing the appropriate barcode type in the toolbar.
  7. Save the spreadsheet.
  8. Follow the Word mail-merge process. When asked to "select recipients" or for the "data source," choose the newly-created Excel spreadsheet. Place the cursor where the barcode should appear and choose to insert the barcode Column.
    Select the Insert Barcode Column in the Appropriate Field
  9. Select the entire <<Barcode_Column>> (including the arrow indicators), right-click and choose the appropriate barcode font. The font type must match the font button that was clicked above in step 4.
    Generating a Barcode From a Font in Microsoft Mail-Merge
  10. When the mail-merge is complete, barcodes will be generated in the <<Barcode_Column>> merge field with the barcode font.
  11. Print and scan the barcodes to verify the correct data is encoded. If a scanner is needed to verify barcodes, IDAutomation offers an easy to use USB barcode scanner.
  12. When distributing a mail-merge document, the font should be embedded in Word and the Excel data source must be accessible. Distribution in this way requires at least a Developer License to the associated font.
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Barcode Add-in for Excel Tutorial

How to Create Barcodes in Microsoft Excel using Barcode Fonts and Excel Add-In

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The unique method used in IDAutomation's Barcode Add-In for Excel converts selected cells, rows and columns from data-to-encode to barcodes. Because formulas and functions are used, the barcodes are dynamic in the sheet; when data in Excel changes, the barcodes change automatically. Excel Barcode Add-In Video Tutorial

Create a Barcode in Excel
  1. If not already installed, be sure to install the barcode font of choice.
  2. Download and install the Barcode Add-in for Word and Excel to activate the toolbar.
  3. Open an Excel spread sheet. The Barcode Add-In toolbar should now be visible.
  4. Select the cells that need to be changed into a barcode.

    Microsoft Excel 2003: Click the button of the desired barcode type. In the following screenshots, multiple barcode fonts have been installed. Users will only see symbology options for the fonts installed on their own computer.
    Barcode Add-In for Microsoft Excel 2003
    Microsoft Excel 2007 through 2013: Click the Change To Barcode button to change the data to the selected barcode type from the Symbology drop down list.
    Barcode Add-In for Excel 2010
    *On Windows 8, Excel 2013 is unable to access the encoding routines to format the data to encode and generate a scannable barcode. To resolve this issue, the user must install the barcode fonts, install the Barcode Add-In for Excel, and then import the VBA functions.
    Microsoft Excel 2004 or 2011 for Mac:
    Click the button of the desired barcode type to generate the barcode. The barcode font will only be applied if the appropriate font is installed.
    Barcode Add-In for Excel 2004 or 2011 for Macintosh
    Selecting the entire column may take a few seconds to calculate because of the large number of rows. When selecting an entire column, be sure to deselect the header row or it will also be converted to a barcode.
    Highlight All Data Cells in a Column and Click Change To Barcode

  5. Once clicked, the appropriate function is entered automatically and the font is applied, generating a readable barcode. ApplyTilde is enabled by default in Code 128, and allows GS1-128 barcode generation in Word or Excel using the parentheses method. To manually encode the tilde character, use ~126. If necessary, additional function options may be applied according to the ActiveX Barcode DLL parameter list.
  6. If changing the barcode type, first select the cells containing the barcode, then:

    Windows 2003 or Mac 2004 and 2011: Select the appropriate button.

    Windows 2007 through 2013: Select another barcode type from the Symbology drop-down list and click the Change To Barcode.

    The example below shows the barcode changed to Code 39.
    This Barcode Has Been Changed From Code 128 To Code 39 Using the Barcode Add-In for Excel
  7. Print and scan the barcodes to verify that the correct data is being encoded. If a scanner is needed to verify barcodes, IDAutomation offers an easy-to-use USB barcode scanner.
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Barcode Add-In for Excel & Word Technical Support

Common Issues
  • The Add-In Toolbar Does Not Appear
    A demo or purchased IDAutomation barcode font must be installed for the toolbar to appear. If the Add-in was installed prior to the fonts, close all instances of Microsoft Office, install the barcode font, and then reopen Excel or Word to activate the add-in.
  • There is no Button for the Desired Barcode Type
    If the desired barcode button does not appear as an option, install the appropriate font and restart Word or Excel to activate the button. For example, to enable the Code 39 button, install the Code 39 Fonts. In some cases, it may be necessary to restart the entire computer so that cached components are updated.
  • Changing the Barcode Size
    The size of the barcode may be modified by selecting a different size font or changing the point size. Here is how:
    1. Highlight the entire barcode
    2. Right-click and change the point size or font height. Common font heights are XS (extra small) to L (large).
    How to Change the Barcode Size in Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Barcode Appears Truncated or Wraps in Excel and Will Not Scan
    This issue will occur if the column is not wide enough to contain the entire barcode. To resolve this issue, simply widen the column as necessary.
    Barcode Sizing Issues May Occur in Excel if the Barcode is Truncated
  • Add-In Toolbar Does Not Appear for Additional Users on the Same PC
    When the add-in is installed, it is only activated in Word and Excel for the user profile where it is being installed. Therefore, each user must install the add-in in order to make use of it within their own user profile.
  • The Undo Button Does Not Undo the Barcode
    If the undo button does not undo the barcode, delete it and attempt to create a new one using the same method.
  • Red Line Appears in the Barcode
    A red line may appear in the barcode as a result of the spell checking process. This is normal and occurs when the spell checker cannot associate the converted barcode with a defined word. The spellchecker symbol may be ignored in all barcode symbols, as it will not impact scanning in any way.
  • ApplyTilde Required for GS1-128
    When using the add-in, ApplyTilde is enabled by default. This enables GS1-128 barcodes to be easily generated in Word or Excel with the parentheses method. To encode the Tilde directly, use ~126.
  • If Office 97, Office 2000 Compatibility is Needed
    Compatibility for versions not mentioned here may be achieved by implementing IDAutomation's VBA Macros.
  • Need More Barcode Functionality or Customization
    More functionality and customization may be achieved by implementing IDAutomation's VBA Macros which are functions that can be easily edited in Visual Basic code.
  • Rectangular Boxes or Strange Symbols Appear with the Code-128-HR Button
    The Code-128-HR button should not be used in a Word Mail-Merge from Excel. The rectangular boxes indicate a Unicode or double-byte incompatibility. If rectangular boxes appear in a barcode generated when selecting the Code-128-HR button, use the standard Code 128 button instead.
  • Horizontal Lines Appear or Barcode Splits if Creating DataBar Stacked or 2D Barcodes
    This may occur because of the line spacing property or the text justification issue with fonts that require more than one line of encoding.
  • Additional Microsoft Excel barcoding options
  • Video Tutorials:

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