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  1. How to Save a Template

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    1. Click “File” and “Save As”
    2. Select the location you wish to save the template in
    3. Enter the filename and click “Save”
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  2. Inserting Graphics into a BarTender Label

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    1. Click the “Drawing Objects” drop-list.
    2. Click the shape you require.
    3. Click the object into the label and drag it to the size you need.
    4. Use copy and paste to duplicate an object.
    5. Items can be rotated using the blue tag
    6. Special items such as arrows have yellow tags to adjust the size of the arrow-head, and shaft width.
    7. To select multiple items at once, drag a boundary box around them or hold the “Ctrl” as you click on each item. Remember to let go of “Ctrl”
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  3. Adjusting the Label Sensing

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    1. Go to “File” and “Print” and click “Document Properties”
    2. Go to the “Stock” tab and under “Media Settings” change the “Type” to one of the following:
      • “Use Current Printer Setting”
        Continue using the setting that’s in the printers memory
      • “Labels With Gaps”
        Labels or tags with gaps between them that the printer can read
      • “Labels With Marks”
        Labels or tags with black marks or holes that the printer can read
      • “Continuous”
        No black marks or gaps on a continuous
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  4. BarTender Layout Tips

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    Using the buttons on the righthand side you can align and space single or multiple items quickly and easily.

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  5. Adding an Arced Text Box to BarTender

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    1. Click the “A” icon and select “Arc”.
    2. Choose your preferred font.
    3. Double-click the text box properties to open it’s properties.
    4. In the navigation bar click “Sample text” (the default text) to change it.
    5. Click “Close”.
    6. The text angle changes when the box is moved. To stop this adjust the angle required, where this may be on the screen, then lock it.
    7. To lock the angle, open the text box properties.
    8. Select “Text Format”.
    9. Change the reference point to “Use Position Tab”.
    10. Choose a more suitable font
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  6. Adding a Prompted Input to a BarTender Label

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    1. Click “View” menu to see the options.
    2. Two views are available: “Template Design” & “Data Entry Form”
    3. To begin with “Data Entry Form” is empty.
    4. So we return to “Template Design” view.
    5. Double-click the border of the first text box (or barcode).
    6. Change “Sample Text” to new default text.
    7. See that the “Data Type” tab is set to text.
    8. Click the “Transforms” tab.
    9. Click the “Data Entry Control” wizard button.
    10. Click “Create”, choose “Text Input Box”, add prompt text for the
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  7. Turning Off Bartender Trial Mode Back to Ultralite

    Note: If you have downloaded BarTender directly from this site, from Seagull Scientific, or anywhere else: STOP! Uninstall that instance and install the version included on the LabelStation CD/USB or contact technical support for more help.

    If you have installed the version of BarTender from the included CD/USB, you may have chosen to try the more advanced features on a 30 day trial. At the end of the 30 day trial period, you will need to enter a serial number to activate the license for it, or you can revert back to UltraLite mode in the 3 easy steps below. Please be aware that any labels saved during the trial mode, will not open without activating the full paid edition.

    The version of BarTender supplied with a LabelStation printer is an edition with very basic features. It can only print to the LabelStation series of printers. Any edition other than UltraLite can print to other printer models and even unlock more advanced features such as database

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  8. How to Make a Fixed Sized Textbox

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    Please note: this feature is not available in the Ultralite edition of BarTender.

    1. Double click on the textbox to open its properties
    2. Select “Text Format”
    3. Tick the “Auto Size” checkbox
    4. You can cap the smallest and largest font sizes
    5. Now select “Font” and choose the largest font suitable for your label design when fewer characters are present
    6. Click “Close”
    7. Adjust the size of the textbox to the maximum width you require
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  9. How to Setup Printers with Loop Locks

    Even when using one of our Labelstations to print on our loop locks, they can always seem a little tricky to set up first time. Here I will go through the details of setting up a loop lock template and how to adjust margins and sensor settings.

    Our loop locks always feed off with the holes (or the “locks”) first. This doesn’t make it any easier or harder to setup but it is worth noting this should you wish to print on both sides.
    Looking at the diagrams below you will see that the actual tag length (A) differs from what the printer thinks is the tag length (B). This is because of the “locking” design (C & D). The “notch” (C) for the lock is also the gap for sensing where the tag starts and finishes. The remainder of the locking design (D) will be set as an unprintable area or “margin” which will in turn leave the printing area (E) for your label design.

    Ensure that your gap sensor in your printer is in alignment with any of the notches (C). If you’re using a

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  10. Using a Keyboard with a LabelStation

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    Setting up a label template to be saved on a LabelStation label printer with an input keyboard (KDU) can be done very easily using the bundled BarTender.
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    On the computer

      1. Create your label.
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