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How to install a barcode

Bar codes are images that data can be scanned and read by computers and other devices contain. They usually appear on the packaging as black lines that are scanned when you buy the products, but they can come in various shapes and used for many different purposes. Creating a bar code means to make the image bar code using special software, prints it and attaches it to the relevant item.


1. Surfing the Internet for sites that offer free services for creating barcodes (see Resources).


2. Open the Web page Most of these sites offer the ability to create different types of barcodes. If so, select the one you want by clicking on it.


3. Type the information that is encoded in a barcode field or space provided. Look for a button or link to the bar code and click generate. See the image of the barcode that results when displayed. Right-click the image to the browser's drop down menu and select "Save Image As" to save the image on your computer.


4. Open the barcode image and printing the image using sticky paper. Connecting a bar code scanner to the serial port or USB port of your computer and scan the bar code printed. Check the information sent to your computer to verify its accuracy. Cut out the barcode labels remove the patch and attach it to the item or product.

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