INTRODUCTION
GETTING STARTED
EDITING A LABEL
LABEL PRINTING
USING THE FILE MEMORY
MAINTAINNING YOUR P-TOUCH
TROUBLESHOOTING
APPENDIX
INDEX
LW6092001
INTRODUCTION
Thank you for purchasing the P-touch 2030.
Your new P-touch is an easy to operate, feature packed labelling system that makes
creating professional, high quality labels a breeze.
This manual contains various precautions and basic procedures for using this. Read
this manual carefully before using and keep in a handy place for future reference.
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15-1, Naeshiro-cho, Mizuho-ku, Nagoya, 467-8561, Japan declare that this product is
in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant provisions of Directives
2004/108/EC and 2005/32/EC.
The Adapter AD-24ES is in compliance with the essential requirements and other relevant
provisions of Directive 2006/95/EC.
The Declaration of Conformity (DoC) is on our Web site.
Please go to http://solutions.brother.com
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Under the supervision of Brother Industries, Ltd., this manual has been compiled and
published, covering the latest product’s descriptions and specifications.
The contents of this manual and the specifications of this product are subject to change
without notice.
If new versions of the PT-2030 software become available, this manual may not reflect the
updated features. Therefore, you may find that the software and the contents in this manual
are different.
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respective companies.
How to use the P-touch ................................................................................................. 4
Safety Precautions ........................................................................................................ 5
General Precautions...................................................................................................... 8
Symbols Used in this Guide .......................................................................................... 9
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Contents
GETTING STARTED ............................................................................. 10
Unpacking Your P-touch ............................................................................................. 10
General Description..................................................................................................... 10
LCD Display & Keyboard............................................................................................. 11
LCD Display .......................................................................................................... 11
Key Names and Functions.................................................................................... 12
Power Supply .............................................................................................................. 14
Battery................................................................................................................... 14
AC Adapter ........................................................................................................... 15
Inserting a Tape Cassette ........................................................................................... 16
Turning Power On/Off ................................................................................................. 17
Feeding Tape .............................................................................................................. 18
Feed function ........................................................................................................ 18
LCD Display ................................................................................................................ 18
LCD Contrast ........................................................................................................ 18
Setting Language and Unit.......................................................................................... 19
Language .............................................................................................................. 19
Unit........................................................................................................................ 19
EDITING A LABEL................................................................................. 20
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Entering and Editing Text ............................................................................................ 20
Entering Text from the Keyboard .......................................................................... 20
Adding a New Line................................................................................................ 20
Adding a New Block.............................................................................................. 20
Moving the Cursor................................................................................................. 20
Inserting Text ........................................................................................................ 20
Inserting a Tab ...................................................................................................... 20
Deleting Text......................................................................................................... 21
Entering Symbols ........................................................................................................ 22
Entering Symbols Using the Symbol Function...................................................... 22
Entering Accented Characters .................................................................................... 24
Setting Character Attributes ........................................................................................ 25
Setting Character Attributes by Label ................................................................... 25
Setting Character Attributes by Each Line ............................................................ 25
Setting Auto Fit Style ............................................................................................ 28
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Setting Label Attributes ................................................................................................29
Using Auto-Format Layouts .........................................................................................31
Using Templates - Example creating an Asset Tag...............................................31
Using Block Layouts ..............................................................................................34
Creating a Bar Code Label...........................................................................................37
Setting Bar Code Parameters................................................................................37
Entering Bar Code Data.........................................................................................38
Editing and Deleting a Bar Code ...........................................................................40
LABEL PRINTING ................................................................................. 41
Label Preview...............................................................................................................41
Printing a Label ............................................................................................................41
Printing a Single Copy ...........................................................................................42
Printing Multiple Copies .........................................................................................42
Auto-numbering Labels..........................................................................................43
Mirror Printing ........................................................................................................44
Setting Margin ..............................................................................................................45
Adjusting the Label Length...........................................................................................47
Attaching Labels...........................................................................................................47
Printing from the Label Collection ................................................................................48
Printing a label from the Label Collection Stored in the Machine ..........................48
USING THE FILE MEMORY ................................................................. 52
Storing a Label into Memory ........................................................................................52
Opening a Stored Label File ........................................................................................52
Printing a Stored Label File..........................................................................................53
Deleting a Stored Label File.........................................................................................53
MAINTAINING YOUR P-TOUCH .......................................................... 54
Resetting the P-touch...................................................................................................54
Resetting the data to factory settings
(Label collections stored in Favorites is not reset.)................................................54
Maintenance.................................................................................................................54
Cleaning the Unit ...................................................................................................54
Cleaning the Print Head.........................................................................................54
Cleaning the Tape Cutter.......................................................................................55
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What to do when... ...................................................................................................... 56
Error Messages ........................................................................................................... 57
APPENDIX............................................................................................. 60
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TROUBLESHOOTING........................................................................... 56
Specifications .............................................................................................................. 60
INDEX .................................................................................................... 61
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How to use the P-touch
„ Create a label with the P-touch
1 GETTING STARTED
Prepare the P-touch. P. 10
2 CREATING A LABEL
• Entering and Editing text.
P. 20
• Entering Symbols. P. 22
• Entering Accented Characters.
P. 24
• Using Auto-Format Layouts.
P. 31
In addition to entering text, the P-touch has a
large range of formatting options.
Create labels like these:
3 LABEL PRINTING
• Printing a label. P. 41
• Setting Margin. P. 45
• Printing from the Label collection.
P. 48
Before printing, you can check the layout of
your label using the preview function.
Create labels like these:
„ Printing from the Label Collection
Using the Label Collection function, labels can be created easily by selecting and
then printing designs already built into the machine.
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How to use the P-touch
To prevent injury and damage, important notes are explained using various symbols.
The symbols and their meanings are as follows:
a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
WARNING Indicates
could result in death or serious injuries.
CAUTION
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Safety Precautions
Indicates a potentially hazardous situation which, if not avoided,
may result in minor or moderate injuries.
The symbols used in this manual are as follows:
Action NOT allowed.
DO NOT disassemble the product.
DO NOT splash the product with
or immerse the product in water.
DO NOT touch a given portion of
the product.
Mandatory action.
Unplugging.
Safety alert.
Alerts to the possibility of electrical
shock.
WARNING
P-touch
Follow these guidelines to avoid fire, electric shock, the risk of injury and/or damage.
DO NOT allow the P-touch to get wet
in any way.
DO NOT touch any metal parts near the
print head. The print head becomes
very hot during use and remains very
hot immediately after use. Do not touch
it directly with your hands.
DO NOT disassemble the P-touch.
For inspection, adjustment, and repair
of the printer, contact the retail outlet
where the P-touch was purchased or
your local authorized service centre.
Plastic bags are used in the packaging
of your printer. To avoid danger of
suffocation, keep these bags away
from babies and children.
Disconnect the AC adapter and remove
batteries immediately and stop using
when you notice abnormal odour, heat,
discolouration, deformation or anything
unusual while using or storing it.
To prevent damage, do not drop or hit
the P-touch.
DO NOT use the P-touch with a foreign object in it. If water, metallic substance or
any foreign object enters the P-touch, disconnect the AC adapter and remove
batteries, and contact the retail outlet where the P-touch was purchased or your
local authorized service centre.
Safety Precautions
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WARNING
Battery
Follow these guidelines to avoid liquid leakage, heat, battery rupture or personal injury.
DO NOT throw into fire, heat up, short-circuit, recharge, or disassemble the
batteries.
AC adapter
Follow these guidelines to avoid fire, damage, electric shock, failure or the risk of injury.
Always use the specified voltage
(220-240 V) and the suggested AC
adapter. Failure to observe this may
result in an accident or damage.
Brother shall not assume any
responsibility for any accident or
damage resulting from not using the
specified AC adapter, adapter cord.
DO NOT connect the enclosed AC
adapter, adapter cord to other
products.
Unplug the AC adapter cord
immediately and stop using the P-touch
during an electrical storm. There may
be a remote risk of electric shock from
lightning.
Tape Cutter
DO NOT touch the blade of the cutter
unit.
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Safety Precautions
DO NOT touch the AC adapter or
power plug with wet hands.
DO NOT use the AC adapter in places
of high humidity such as bathrooms.
DO NOT use a damaged adapter cord
or power plug.
DO NOT place heavy objects on,
damage or modify the adapter cord or
plug. Do not forcibly bend or pull the
adapter cord.
DO NOT drop, hit or otherwise
damage the AC adapter.
Make sure that the plug is fully
inserted in the power outlet. Do not
use an outlet that is loose.
Battery
Follow these guidelines to avoid liquid leakage, heat or battery rupture.
DO NOT use old and new batteries
together.
DO NOT mix alkaline batteries with
other type batteries.
DO NOT set the positive and negative
end in the wrong position.
Remove the batteries if you do not
intend to use the P-touch for an
extended period of time.
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CAUTION
AC adapter
If you do not intend using the P-touch
for an extended period of time, please
disconnect the AC adapter from the
power outlet.
Always hold the AC adapter when
disconnecting from the power outlet.
Tape Cutter
Follow these guidelines to avoid minor personal injury and damage to the printer.
DO NOT open the tape compartment
cover when operating the cutter unit.
DO NOT apply excessive pressure to
the cutter unit.
P-touch
Follow these guidelines to avoid minor personal injury and damage to the P-touch.
Place the P-touch on a flat, stable
surface such as a desk.
DO NOT leave the P-touch within
reach of children with the tape
compartment cover open.
DO NOT place any heavy objects on
top of the P-touch.
To prevent injuries, be careful not to
put your fingers in the areas shown in
the illustrations.
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General Precautions
• DO NOT install this machine near any device that will cause electromagnetic interference.
This machine may malfunction if left near a television, radio, etc.
• DO NOT use the P-touch in any way or for any purpose not described in this guide. Doing
so may result in accidents or damage the machine.
• DO NOT put any foreign objects into the tape exit slot, or AC adapter connector, etc.
• DO NOT touch the print head with your fingers. Use the optional print head cleaning
cassette (TZ-CL4), the self-cleaning function of the printer or a soft wipe (e. g. a cotton
swab) when cleaning the print head (refer to “Cleaning the Unit” on page 54).
• DO NOT clean the machine with alcohol or other organic solvents. Only use a soft, dry cloth.
• DO NOT place the P-touch in direct sunlight, near heaters or other hot appliances, in any
location exposed to extremely high or low temperatures, high humidity, or dusty locations.
Standard operating temperature range: 50 to 95 °F.
• DO NOT leave any rubber or vinyl on the printer for an extended period of time, otherwise
the printer may be stained.
• Depending on the environmental conditions and the applied settings, some characters or
symbols may be difficult to read.
• Use only Brother TZ tapes with this machine. Do not use tapes that do not have the
mark.
• DO NOT pull or apply pressure to the tape in the cassette. Otherwise the tape cassette or
printer may be damaged.
• DO NOT try to print labels using an empty tape cassette or without a tape cassette set in
the P-touch. Doing so will damage the print head.
• DO NOT attempt to cut the tape while printing or feeding since this will damage the tape.
• (When CD-ROM included) Be careful not to scratch the CD-ROM. Do not place the CD-ROM
in any location exposed to high or low temperatures. Do not place heavy objects on the
CD-ROM or bend it.
• (When CD-ROM included) The software on the CD-ROM is intended for use with the P-touch
and may be installed on more than one PC.
• We strongly recommend that you read this User’s Guide carefully before using your
P-touch, and then keep it nearby for future reference.
• Depending on the location, material, and environmental conditions, the label may unpeel
or become irremovable, the colour of the label may change or be transferred to other
objects. Before applying the label, check the environmental condition and the material.
• DO NOT expose the tape cassettes to direct sunlight, high temperatures, high humidity,
or dust. Store tape cassettes in a cool, dark place. Use the tape cassettes soon after
opening the tape cassette package.
• Markings made with oil-based or water-based ink may be visible through a label affixed
over them. To hide the markings, use two labels layered on top of each other or use
a dark-coloured label.
• Any data stored in memory will be lost due to failure or repair of the P-touch, or if the
batteries expire.
• When power is disconnected for more than two minutes, all text and format settings
will be cleared. Any text files stored in the memory will also be cleared.
• Note that Brother Industries, Ltd does not assume responsibility for any damage, etc.
arising from failure to follow the precautions listed.
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The following symbols are used throughout this guide to indicate additional information.
This symbol indicates information or directions that may result in damage or
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injury if ignored, or operations that will result in errors.
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This symbol indicates information or directions that may help you understand
and use the P-touch more efficiently.
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Unpacking Your P-touch
Check that the package contains the following before using your P-touch.
P-touch PT-2030
Starter Tape Cassette
AC adapter
User’s Guide
The adapter plug may differ by country.
The User’s Guide may be provided on CD,
not printed.
You can download the PDF version
of the User’s Guide, please go to
http://solutions.brother.com
General Description
Tape compartment cover
Tape cassette compartment
LCD display
Tape viewer
Tape exit slot
Keyboard
Print head
Tape cutter
Release lever
When shipped from the factory, the LCD display is covered with a protective sheet to
prevent damage. Remove this sheet before using the P-touch.
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Battery compartment
cover
Battery case
AC adaptor connector
LCD Display & Keyboard
LCD Display
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1. Line number
Indicates line number within the label
layout.
2. Cursor
Characters are entered to the left of
the cursor. Indicates the current data
input position.
3. Return mark
Indicates the end of a line of text.
4. Caps mode
Indicates that the Caps mode is on.
5.~8. Style guidance
Indicates the current font (5),
character size (6), character style (7)
and frame (8) settings.
9. Tape length
Indicates the tape length for the text
entered.
10. Cursor selection
Use the and keys to select menu
items and the and keys to change
the settings.
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Key Names and Functions
The default language is “English”.
1. Power
Turns the P-touch on and off.
2. Cursor (
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Moves the cursor in the direction of the
arrow.
3. OK
Selects the displayed option.
4. Escape
Cancels the current command and
returns the display to the data entry
screen or the previous step.
5. Label Collection
Enables label collections to be
selected and printed.
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6. Print
• Prints the current label design onto
the tape.
• Opens the Print Options menu when
used in combination with the Shift
key.
7. Preview
• Displays a preview of the label.
• Feeds 25 mm of blank tape when used
in combination with the Shift key.
8. File
Enables frequently used labels in the
file memory to be printed, opened,
saved, or deleted.
15. Shift
Use this key in combination with the
letter and number keys to type
uppercase letters or the symbols
indicated on the number keys.
16. Symbol
Use this to select and enter a symbol
from a list of available symbols.
17. Backspace
Deletes the character to the left of the
cursor.
18. Enter
• Enters a new line when entering text.
• Enters a new block when used in
combination with the Shift key.
19. Auto-Format
Enables labels to be created using
pre-defined templates or block
formats.
20. Space
• Enters a blank space.
• Returns a setting to the default value.
21. Accent
Use this to select and enter an
accented character.
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9. Text
• Enables character attributes for the
label to be set.
• Character attributes can be set for
each line of the label when the Text
menu is opened in combination with
the Shift key.
10. Label
Enables label attributes for the label to
be set.
11. Setup
Enables operating preferences
(Bar Code, LCD Contrast, etc.) for
the P-touch to be set.
12. Clear
Clears all text entered, or all text and
current label settings.
13. Character
• Use these keys to type letters or
numbers.
• Uppercase letters and symbols can
be entered using these keys in
combination with the Caps or Shift
key.
14. Caps
Turns Caps mode on and off.
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Power Supply
Battery
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After making sure that the power is off, remove the
battery compartment cover on the back of the
machine. If the batteries are already in the
machine, remove them.
Make sure that the power is turned off when
replacing batteries.
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Insert six new AA-size alkaline batteries (LR6),
making sure that the positive (+) and negative (-)
ends of the batteries match the positive (+) and
negative (-) marks inside the battery compartment.
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Always replace all six batteries at the same
time using brand new ones.
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Attach the battery compartment cover by inserting
the three hooks at the bottom into the slots on the
machine, then pushing down firmly until it snaps
into place.
Remove the batteries if you do not intend to use the P-touch for an extended period of time.
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AC Adapter
Connect the AC adapter directly to the P-touch.
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Insert the plug on the AC adapter cord into the connector marked DC IN 9-9.5V
on the P-touch.
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Insert the AC adapter plug into a standard electrical outlet.
• Turn the P-touch off before disconnecting the AC adapter.
• Do not pull or bend the AC adapter cord.
To safe guard and backup the P-touch’s memory, when the AC adapter is unplugged it is
recommended to have AA-size alkaline batteries (LR6) installed into the machine.
WARNING
• Use only the adapter, which is designed exclusively for your P-touch. Failure to observe
this may result in an accident or damage. Brother shall not assume any responsibility for
any accident or damage resulting from not using the specified AC adapter.
• Do not connect the AC adapter to a non-standard electrical outlet. Failure to observe this
may result in an accident or damage. Brother shall not assume any responsibility for any
accident or damage resulting from not using a standard electrical outlet.
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• Disconnect the AC adapter from the P-touch and electrical outlet when you do not intend
to use the P-touch for an extended period.
• When power is disconnected for more than two minutes, all text and format settings will
be cleared. Any text files stored in the memory will also be cleared.
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Inserting a Tape Cassette
Tape cassettes of 3.5 mm, 6 mm, 9 mm, 12 mm or 18 mm width can be used in your
P-touch. Use only Brother tape cassettes with the
mark.
• If the new tape cassette has a cardboard stopper, be sure to
remove the stopper before inserting the cassette.
• If the ink ribbon is loose, use your finger to wind the toothed
wheel in the direction of the arrow as shown on the tape cassette.
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Check that the end of the tape is not bent and
that it passes through the tape guide. If the
tape is not passed through, pass it through
the tape guide referring to the illustration.
End of tape
Tape guide
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After making sure that the power is off, lift open the
tape compartment cover. If there is already a tape
cassette in the machine, remove it by pulling it
straight up.
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Insert the tape cassette into the tape
compartment, with the end of the tape
facing the machine’s tape exit slot, and
press firmly until you hear a click.
When inserting the tape cassette,
make sure that the tape and ink
ribbon do not catch on the print head.
Tape exit slot
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Close the tape compartment cover.
Make sure that the release lever is up when closing the
tape compartment cover. The tape compartment cover
cannot be closed if the release lever is pressed down.
• Be sure to feed tape to remove any slack in the tape and ink ribbon after inserting the tape
cassette, by holding down the Shift key and pressing the Preview key.
• Do not pull the label coming out of the tape exit slot. Doing so will cause the ink ribbon
to be discharged with the tape.
• Store tape cassettes in a cool dark location, away from direct sunlight and high temperature,
high humidity, or dusty locations. Use the tape cassette as quickly as possible after opening
the sealed package.
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Turning Power On/Off
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Press the Power key to turn the P-touch on.
Press the Power key again to turn the P-touch off.
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• Your P-touch has a power saving function that automatically turns itself off if no key is
pressed within a certain time under certain operating conditions. Refer to the Auto Power-Off
Time table below for details.
• If the batteries are installed or the P-touch is connected to an electrical outlet by the AC
adapter, the previous session’s information is displayed when the power is turned on.
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Feeding Tape
Feed function
The Feed function feeds 25mm of blank tape.
• Be sure to feed tape to remove any slack in the tape and ink ribbon after inserting the tape
cassette.
• Do not pull the label coming out of the tape exit slot. Doing so will cause the ink ribbon
to be discharged with the tape.
• Do not block the tape exit slot during printing or when feeding tape. Doing so will cause the
tape to jam.
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Hold down the Shift key and press the Preview key.
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The message “Feeding Tape... Please Wait” appears while the tape is fed.
To exit or cancel this function press Escape.
LCD Display
LCD Contrast
You can change the contrast setting of the LCD display to one of five levels (+2, +1, 0,
-1, -2) to make the screen easier to read. The default setting is “0”.
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Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, select “LCD Contrast” using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
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Select a contrast level using the
or
key.
The screen contrast changes each time you press the
to set the most suitable contrast.
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Press the OK or Enter key.
or
key, allowing you
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• Pressing the Space key on the contrast setting screen sets the contrast to the default value “0”.
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Feeding Tape
Language
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Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, select “Language” using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
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Select a language for menu commands and messages shown on the LCD display
by using the
or
key.
The language can be selected from “Český”, “Dansk”, “Deutsch”, “English”,
“Español”, “Français”, “Hrvatski”, “Italiano”, “Magyar”, “Nederlands”, “Norsk”,
“Polski”, “Português”, “Română”, “Slovenski”, “Slovenský”, “Suomi”, “Svenska”
or “Türkçe”.
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Press the OK or Enter key.
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Setting Language and Unit
Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
Unit
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Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, select “Unit” using the
and then press the OK or Enter key.
or
key,
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Select a unit for dimensions shown on the LCD display by using the
Either “mm” or “inch” can be selected.
or
key.
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Press the OK or Enter key.
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Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
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EDITING A LABEL
Entering and Editing Text
Entering Text from the Keyboard
The keyboard of your P-touch can be used in the same way as a standard computer
keyboard.
Adding a New Line
To end the current line of text and start a new line, press the Enter key. A return mark
appears at the end of the line and the cursor moves to the start of the new line.
• There is a maximum number of lines of text that can be entered for each tape width. A
maximum of 5 lines for 18mm tape, 3 lines for 12mm tape, 2 lines for 9mm and 6 mm tape,
and 1 line for 3.5 mm tape.
• If you press the Enter key when five lines already exist, an error message is displayed.
• To change the character attribute of each line, refer to “Setting Character Attributes by Each
Line” on page 25.
Adding a New Block
To create a new block of text/lines to the right of your current text, press the Enter key
while holding down the Shift key. A mark will appear at the end of the block and the
cursor moves to the start of the new block.
A maximum of 5 blocks can be entered in one label.
Moving the Cursor
• Press the , , or key to move the cursor one space or line.
• To move the cursor to the beginning or end of the current line, hold down the Shift
key and then press the or key.
• To move the cursor to the very beginning or end of the text, hold down the Shift key
and then press the
or
key.
Inserting Text
To insert additional text into an existing line of text, move the cursor to the character
to the right of the position where you want to start inserting text and then enter the
additional text. The new text is inserted to the left of the cursor.
Inserting a Tab
To insert a tab space between the existing line of text, move the cursor where you
wish to add a tab and press the Setup key to open the Setup menu, select “Tab” by
using
or
keys, and then press the OK or Enter key. A mark appears to
indicate the position which the tab space will be entered.
• To change the length setting of the tab, refer to “Setting Label Attributes” on page 29.
• The tab space can also be entered by pressing the Space key while holding down the Shift key.
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„ Deleting one character at a time
To delete a character from an existing line of text, move the cursor to the character
to the right of the position you want to start deleting text and then press the
Backspace key. The character to the left of the cursor is deleted each time the
Backspace key is pressed.
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Deleting Text
If you hold down the Backspace key, the characters left of the cursor are deleted continuously.
„ Deleting all text at once
Use the Clear key to delete all text at once.
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Press the Clear key.
The Clear options are displayed.
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Using the
or
key, select “Text Only” to delete all
text while retaining the current format settings, or select
“Text & Format” to delete all text and format settings.
Press the Escape key to return to the text entry screen,
without erasing (or clearing) text or format.
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Press the OK or Enter key.
All text is deleted. All format settings are also deleted
if Text & Format was selected.
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Entering Symbols
In addition to the symbols available on the keyboard, there are various symbols
(including international and extended ASCII characters) available with the symbol
function.
To enter a symbol, use the Symbol function (see below).
Alternatively, hold down the Shift key and then press a key on the keyboard to enter
the symbol printed on the selected key’s upper-right corner.
Entering Symbols Using the Symbol Function
1
Press the Symbol key.
A list of symbol categories and symbols in that category is displayed.
The last symbol entered is selected in the displayed list.
2
Select a symbol category (Punctuation, Business, Mathematics, etc.) using the
or
key or by pressing the Symbol key repeatedly, and then select a symbol
using the or key.
3
Press the OK or Enter key.
The selected symbol is inserted into the line of text.
Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
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zSymbol Listz
Category
Punctuation
Business
Mathematics
Brackets
Arrows
Unit
International
Number
Symbols
Pictograph
Electrical
Audio_Visual
Signs
Communication
Vehicle
Sports
Nature
1
Others
2
The use of the CE mark is strictly governed by one or more European Council directives. Ensure
that any labels you produce which use this mark conform with the relevant directives.
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
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Entering Accented Characters
The P-touch can display and print a set of accented characters such as other language
specific characters.
1
Enter the character you wish to change to an accented character.
Caps mode can be used with the Accent function.
2
Press the Accent key.
The character you entered will change to an accented character.
3
Press the Accent key repeatedly until the desired accented character is selected,
or select it by using the or key.
The order of accented characters displayed will differ depending on the selected LCD
language.
4
Press the OK or Enter key.
The selected accented character is inserted into the line of text.
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• Refer to the Accented Character List table for a complete list of all accented characters
available.
zAccented Character Listz
Character
a
A
c
C
d
D
e
E
g
G
i
I
k
K
l
L
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Entering Accented Characters
Character
n
N
o
O
r
R
s
S
t
T
u
U
y
Y
z
Z
Accented Characters
Setting Character Attributes by Label
Using the Text key, you can select a font and apply size, width, style, line, and
alignment attributes.
1
Press the Text key.
The current settings are displayed.
2
Select an attribute using the
using the or key.
3
Press the OK or Enter key to apply the settings.
or
z EDITING A LABEL
Setting Character Attributes
key, and then set a value for that attribute
New settings are NOT applied if you do not press the OK or Enter key.
•
•
•
•
Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
Press the Space key to set the selected attribute to the default value.
Refer to the Setting Options table for a list of all available settings.
Small characters may be difficult to read when certain styles are applied (e. g. Shadow + Italic).
Setting Character Attributes by Each Line
When a label consists two or more lines of text, you can set different value of character
attributes (font, size, width, style, line and alignment) for each line.
Move the cursor to the line you wish to change the character
attribute by using the
or
key. Next, press the Text
key while holding down Shift key to display the attributes.
(
on the screen indicates that you are now applying the
attribute for that specific line only.)
1
2
3
4
When different value of attribute is set for each line, the value
will be displayed as **** when you press the Text key. When
you change the setting on this screen by using the or key,
the same change will be applied to all lines of the label.
5
6
7
8
9
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zSetting Optionsz
Attribute
Value
Result
HEL
(Helsinki)
Font
BRU
(Brussels)
FLO
(Florida)
CAL
(Calgary)
Auto
42pt
36pt
24pt
Size
18pt
12pt
9pt
6pt
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Setting Character Attributes
When Auto is selected, the text is automatically
adjusted to print in the largest size available for
each tape width.
Value
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Attribute
Result
x2
x1
Width
x2/3
x1/2
Normal
BLD
(Bold)
OUT
(Outline)
SHD
(Shadow)
SLD
(Solid)
Style
1
ITL
(Italic)
2
I+BLD
(Italic Bold)
3
4
I+OUT
(Italic Outline)
5
I+SHD
(Italic Shadow)
6
I+SLD
(Italic Solid)
7
8
VRT
(Vertical)
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Attribute
Value
Result
Off
Line
UND
(Underline)
STR
(Strikeout)
Left
Align
(Alignment)
Center
Right
Just
(Justify)
Setting Auto Fit Style
When “Size” is set to “Auto” and “Length” is set to a specific length, you can select the
way of reducing the text size to fit within the label length.
When “Text Size” is selected, the total text size is modified to fit within the label.
When “Text Width” is selected, the text width will be reduced to the size of x1/2 setting.
(If further size reduction is required to fit the text into the selected label length, the total
text size will be modified after reducing the text width to x1/2 setting.)
1
Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, Select “Auto Fit Style” using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
The Auto Fit Style screen is displayed.
2
Select the style using the
3
Press the OK or Enter key to apply the setting.
or
key.
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• Press the Space key to set the style to the default setting (“Text Size”).
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Setting Character Attributes
Using the Label key, you can create a label with a frame around the text and specify
the label length and tab length. (Refer to “Setting Margin” on page 45.)
1
Press the Label key.
The current settings are displayed.
2
Select an attribute using the or
a value for that attribute using the
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Setting Label Attributes
key, and then set
or key.
• When setting the tab length, hold down the or key
to change the value faster.
• When setting the label length, refer to “Adjusting the
Label Length” on page 47.
3
Press the OK or Enter key to apply the settings.
New settings are NOT applied if you do not press the OK
or Enter key.
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• Press the Space key to set the selected attribute to the default value.
• Refer to the Setting Options table for a list of all available settings.
1
zFramesz
Attribute
Value
2
Result
3
Off
4
1
5
Frame
6
2
7
3
8
9
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Attribute
Value
Result
4
5
6
7
8
9
Frame
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
Length
Tab Length
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Setting Label Attributes
The length of the label can be set within the range 30mm 300mm. When Auto is selected, the length of the label is
automatically adjusted based on the amount of text entered.
The length of the tab can be set within the range 0mm - 100mm.
The default setting is 50mm.
Using the Auto-Format function you can quickly and easily create labels for a variety of
purposes, such as file tabs, equipment labels, name badges, etc. Simply select a layout
from the templates or block layouts, enter the text and apply formatting as desired.
Symbols and accented characters can also be used in auto-format layouts.
z EDITING A LABEL
Using Auto-Format Layouts
Using Templates - Example creating an Asset Tag
1
Press the Auto-Format key to display the Auto-Format screen, and then select
“Templates” using the
or
key.
2
Press the OK or Enter key.
The last template used is displayed.
3
Select a template using the
4
Press the OK or Enter key.
The Style screen is displayed.
5
Select an attribute using the or
a value for that attribute using the
6
Press the OK or Enter key.
The Bar Code Setup screen is displayed.
The Bar Code Setup screen is displayed only when
a layout containing a bar code is selected.
7
or
Select an attribute using the or
a value for that attribute using the
key.
key, and then set
or key.
1
2
3
key, and then set
or key.
4
The “C-Digit” (Check Digit) attribute is only available
for the CODE39, I-2/5 and CODABAR protocols.
8
5
6
Press the OK or Enter key.
The template text entry screen is displayed.
7
Caps mode can be used when entering text.
8
9
Using Auto-Format Layouts
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9
Enter the text and then press the OK or Enter key.
Repeat this for each text field.
After all text fields are entered, the print menu is
displayed when the OK or Enter key is pressed.
10
Select “Print” using the
the label.
•
•
•
•
or
key and then press the OK or Enter key to print
Select “Edit” to change the text data or style settings.
Select “Save” to store the label in a file memory.
Select “Cancel” to exit the Auto-Format function.
Select “Print Options” to set the print settings.
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• On the Style and Bar Code Setup screens, press the Space key to change the selected attribute
to the default value.
• Refer to the Templates table for a list of available templates.
• To print multiple copies, sequentially numbered copies, or a mirror image of the label, with
the print menu displayed hold down the Shift key and press the Print key to display the Print
Options menu.
• If the width of the current tape cassette does not match the set width for the selected layout,
an error message is displayed when you try to print the label. Press the Escape key or any other
key to clear the error message, and insert a tape cassette of the correct width.
• If the number of characters entered exceeds the limit, “Text Too Long!” is displayed when the
OK or Enter key is pressed. Press the Escape key or any other key to clear the error message,
and edit the text using fewer characters.
zTemplatesz
Attribute
Value
Details
Binder Spine
(18 x 219 mm)
Template Name
File Folder Tab
Divider Tab
(Hanging Folder)
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Using Auto-Format Layouts
(12 x 82 mm)
(12 x 42 mm)
Value
Details
Asset Tag
(18 x 70 mm)
Bin Box
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Attribute
(18 x 76 mm)
Equipment Label
(18 x 58 mm)
Faceplate (VRT)
(12 x 70 mm)
Cable Wrap
(18 x 39 mm)
Address Label
(18 x 70 mm)
Template Name
Name Badge 1
(18 x 72 mm)
1
Name Badge 2
(12 x 72 mm)
2
3
CD Case Spine 1
(6 x 113 mm)
CD Case Spine 2
(3.5 x 113 mm)
4
5
6
VHS Spine
(18 x 140 mm)
7
8
MiniDV Spine
(9 x 42 mm)
Using Auto-Format Layouts
9
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Using Block Layouts
1
Press the Auto-Format key to display the Auto-Format screen, and then select
“Block Layouts” using the
or
key.
2
Press the OK or Enter key to display the Tape Width screen, and then select
a tape width using the
or
key.
3
Press the OK or Enter key.
When the tape width has not changed, the last block layout selected is displayed.
When the tape width has changed, the default layout for the new tape width is
displayed.
4
Select a block layout using the
5
Press the OK or Enter key.
The Style screen is displayed.
6
Select an attribute using the or
a value for that attribute using the
or
key.
key, and then set
or key.
Press the Space key to set the selected attribute to the
default value.
7
Press the OK or Enter key.
The block layout text entry screen is displayed.
Caps mode can be used when entering text.
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8
Enter text and then press the OK or Enter key.
Repeat for each text field.
After all text fields are completed, press the OK or
Enter key to display the print menu.
9
Select “Print” using the or key and then press the OK or Enter to print the label.
• Select “Edit” to change the text data or style settings.
• Select “Save” to store the label in a file memory.
• Select “Cancel” to exit the Auto-Format function.
• Select “Change Layout” to use a different layout.
• Select “Print Options” to set the print settings.
Using Auto-Format Layouts
• If the width of the current tape cassette does not match the set width for the selected layout,
an error message is displayed when you try to print the label. Press the Escape key or any other
key to clear the error message, and insert a tape cassette of the correct width.
• If the number of characters entered exceeds the limit, “Text Too Long!” is displayed when the
OK or Enter key is pressed. Press the Escape key or any other key to clear the error message,
and edit the text using fewer characters.
z EDITING A LABEL
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• Refer to the Block Layouts table for a list of available block layouts.
• To print multiple copies, sequentially numbered copies, or a mirror image of the label, with
the print menu displayed hold down the Shift key and press the Print key to display the Print
Options menu.
zBlock Layoutsz
Attribute
Value
Details
2LineA
2LineB
3Line
1
1+2LineA
2
Block layout
(18 mm tape)
3
1+2LineB
4
1+3Line
5
6
1+4Line
7
8
1+5Line
9
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EDITING A LABEL
Attribute
Value
2LineA
2LineB
Block layout
(12 mm tape)
3Line
1+2Line
2LineA
Block layout
(9 mm tape)
2LineB
1+2Line
Block layout
(6 mm tape)
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Using Auto-Format Layouts
1+2Line
Details
Using the Bar Code function you can create labels with one dimensional bar codes for
use with cash registers, stock control systems or other bar code reader systems, or
even asset control tags used in an asset management system.
• The P-touch is not designed exclusively for creating bar code labels. Always check that
bar code labels can be read by the bar code reader.
• For best results, print bar code labels in black ink on white tape. Some bar code readers
may not be able to read bar code labels created using coloured tape or ink.
• Use the “Large” setting for “Width” whenever possible. Some bar code readers may not
be able to read bar code labels created using the “Small” setting.
• Continuously printing a large number of labels with bar codes can overheat the print
head, which may affect printing quality.
z EDITING A LABEL
Creating a Bar Code Label
Setting Bar Code Parameters
1
Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, select “Bar Code Setup” using
the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
The Bar Code Setup screen is displayed.
2
Select an attribute using the
using the or key.
or
key, and then set a value for that attribute
Characters may not appear below the bar code even when “On” is selected for “Under #”,
depending on the tape width being used, the number of lines entered, or the current
character style settings.
3
Press the OK or Enter key to apply the settings.
1
New settings are NOT applied if you do not press the OK or Enter key.
• The “C-Digit” (Check Digit) attribute is only available for the CODE39, I-2/5 and
CODABAR protocols
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• Press the Space key to set the selected attribute to the default value.
• Refer to the Bar Code Settings table for a list of all available settings.
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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zBar Code Settingsz
Attribute
Protocol
Width
Under#
(characters printed
below bar code)
Value
CODE39, CODE128, EAN-8, EAN-13,
GS1-128 (UCC/EAN-128), UPC-A, UPC-E, I-2/5 (ITF),
CODABAR
Small
Large
On
Off
Off
C.Digit
(check digit)
On
(only available for the CODE39, I-2/5
and CODABAR protocols)
Entering Bar Code Data
1
Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, select “Bar Code Input” using the
or
keys, and then press the OK or Enter key. The Bar Code Input screen
is displayed.
• Up to five bar codes can be entered on a label.
• Pressing the Symbol key while holding down the Shift key
will also allow you to go to “Bar Code Input”.
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2
Type in the bar code data.
Special characters can be entered in the bar code
when using the CODE39, CODABAR, CODE128 or
GS1-128 (UCC / EAN-128) protocols. When not using
special characters, go to step 5.
3
Press the Symbol key.
A list of characters available for the current protocol is displayed.
4
Select a character using the
or
key, then press
the OK or Enter key to insert the character in the bar
code data.
5
Press the OK or Enter key to insert the bar code in the
label.
The bar code is displayed on the text entry screen.
Creating a Bar Code Label
zSpecial Character Listz
CODE39
Code
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Special Character
(SPACE)
CODABAR
Code
0
1
2
3
4
5
Special Character
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• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• Refer to the Special Characters List table for a list of all available settings.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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CODE128, GS1-128 (UCC / EAN-128)
Code Special Character Code Special Character Code Special Character
0
(SPACE)
24
48
DC3
1
25
49
DC4
2
26
50
NAK
3
27
51
SYN
4
28
NUL
52
ETB
5
29
53
CAN
6
30
SOH
54
EM
7
31
STX
55
SUB
8
32
ETX
56
ESC
9
33
EOT
57
10
34
ENQ
58
FS
11
35
ACK
59
12
36
BEL
60
GS
13
37
BS
61
14
38
HT
62
RS
15
39
LF
63
16
40
VT
64
US
17
41
FF
65
DEL
18
42
CR
66
FNC3
19
43
SO
67
FNC2
20
44
SI
68
FNC4
21
45
DLE
69
FNC1
22
46
DC1
23
47
DC2
Editing and Deleting a Bar Code
• To edit the bar code data position the cursor beneath the bar code mark on the data
entry screen and then open the Bar Code Input screen. Refer to “Entering Bar Code
Data” on page 38.
• To edit the “Width” and “Under#” settings on a bar code already placed on the screen,
position the cursor beneath the bar code mark on the data entry screen and then open
the Bar Code Setup screen. Refer to “Setting Bar Code Parameters” on page 37.
• To delete a bar code from a label, position the cursor to the right of the bar code mark
on the data entry screen and press the Backspace key.
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Creating a Bar Code Label
LABEL PRINTING
Using the Preview function you can check the layout of the label before printing.
Press the Preview key.
An image of the label is displayed on the screen.
The length of the label is shown in the lower-right corner of the screen.
Press the or key to scroll the preview to the left or right.
Press the
or
key to change the magnification of the preview.
z LABEL PRINTING
Label Preview
• Press the Escape, OK or Enter key to return to the text entry screen.
• To scroll the preview to the left or right end, hold down the Shift key and press the or
key.
• To print the label directly from the preview screen, press the Print key or open the print
options screen and select a print option. Refer to “Printing a Label” below for details.
• The print preview is a generated image of the label, and may differ from the actual label when
printed.
Printing a Label
Labels can be printed once text entry and formatting is complete. Printing options
include single and multiple copies, sequential numbering and mirror-printing.
• Do not pull the label coming out of the tape exit slot. Doing so will cause the ink ribbon
to be discharged with the tape.
• Do not block the tape exit slot during printing or when feeding tape. Doing so will cause the
tape to jam.
• Be sure to check that there is enough tape remaining when printing several labels
continuously. If tape is running low, set fewer copies, print labels one at a time, or replace the
tape cassette.
• Striped tape indicates the end of the tape cassette. If this appears during
printing, press the Power key to turn the P-touch off. Attempting to
print with an empty tape cassette may damage the machine.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Label Preview
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LABEL PRINTING
Printing a Single Copy
1
Make sure that the appropriate tape cassette is inserted and ready for printing.
2
Press the Print key. “Printing...Copies” is displayed
while the labels are being printed.
To stop printing, press the Power key to turn off the P-touch.
There are several other messages that may appear when you press the Print key. Refer to “Error
Messages” on page 57 for further information about error messages.
Printing Multiple Copies
Using this function you can print up to 9 copies of the same label.
1
Make sure that the appropriate tape cassette is inserted and ready for printing.
2
Hold down the Shift key and press the Print key to display the print options
screen, and then select “Copies” using the
or
key.
3
Press the OK or Enter key to display the Copies screen, and then select the
number of copies to be printed using the
or
key, or type the number using
the number keys.
Hold down the
4
or
key to change the number of copies faster.
Press the OK or Enter key. “Printing...Copies” is
displayed while the labels are being printed.
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• The figures shown on the screen during printing indicate the “count / number of copies set”.
• Pressing the Space key when setting the number of copies resets the value to 1, the default.
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Printing a Label
Using the numbering function you can create a set of sequentially numbered labels
from a single label format.
1
Make sure that the appropriate tape cassette is inserted and ready for printing.
2
Hold down the Shift key and press the Print key to display the print options
screen, and then select “Numbering” using the
or
key.
3
Press the OK or Enter key.
The numbering start point screen is displayed.
z LABEL PRINTING
Auto-numbering Labels
To apply auto-numbering to a bar code, select the bar code
here. After selecting the bar code you will be prompted to
enter the number of labels to be printed (step 6).
4
Move the cursor to the first character to be
incremented in the numbering sequence and press
the OK or Enter key.
The numbering end point screen is displayed.
5
Move the cursor to the last character to be
incremented in the numbering sequence and press
the OK or Enter key.
The number of labels to be printed is displayed.
6
Select the number of labels to be printed using the
or
key, or type the number using the number key.
Hold down the
labels faster.
7
or
key to change the number of
1
2
Press the OK or Enter key.
The labels are printed.
As each label is printed the number of copies printed is shown.
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
•
3
4
Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
The figures shown on the screen during printing indicate the “count / number of copies”.
Pressing the Space key when selecting the number of copies resets the value to 1, the default.
Auto-numbering can also be applied to bar codes. When a bar code contains an auto-numbering
sequence, no other fields in the label can contain an auto-numbering sequence.
The auto-number portion of the label is incremented after each label is printed.
Only one auto-numbering sequence can be used in a label.
Any symbols or other non-alphanumeric characters in the auto-numbering sequence are
ignored.
An auto-numbering sequence can only contain a maximum of five characters.
Printing a Label
5
6
7
8
9
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LABEL PRINTING
Letters and numbers increase as shown below:
Î 1
...9 Î 0 Î ...
0
...Z Î A Î ...
A Î B
Î b
...z Î a Î ...
a
A0 Î A1 ...A9 Î B0 Î ...
Spaces (shown as underscores “_” in the example below) can be used to adjust the spacing
between characters or to control the number of digits that are printed.
_9 Î 10 ...99 Î 00 Î ...
_Z Î AA ...ZZ Î AA Î ...
1_9 Î 2_0 ...9_9Î 0_0 Î ...
Mirror Printing
Using the mirror printing function you can create labels with the text printed in reverse
so that they can be read from the opposite side when attached to glass or other
transparent material.
1
Make sure that the appropriate tape cassette is inserted and ready for printing.
2
Hold down the Shift key and press the Print key to display the print options
screen, and then select “Mirror” using the
or
key.
3
Press the OK or Enter key.
The message “Mirror Print?” is displayed
4
Press the OK or Enter key. “Printing...Copies” is
displayed while the labels are being printed.
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• Text should be printed on clear tape when using the mirror printing function.
• The copy and auto-numbering functions cannot be used together with the mirror printing
function.
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Printing a Label
The tape cutting options allow you to specify how the tape is fed and cut when printing
labels. In particular, the “Chain” options greatly reduce the amount of wasted tape by
using smaller margins and eliminating blank sections cut between labels.
1
Press the Label key to display the Label menu.
2
Select “Margin” using the
key.
3
Press the OK or Enter key to apply the settings.
or
key, and then set the value by using the
z LABEL PRINTING
Setting Margin
or
New settings are NOT applied if you do not press the OK or Enter key.
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• Refer to the Tape Cutting table for a list of all available settings.
zTape Cutting Optionsz
Setting
Description
Example
25 mm
Full
Each label is printed, leaving a margin of
25 mm on each end.
Half
• A margin of 25 mm is printed first, and then
each label is printed, leaving a margin of
12 mm before and after the text.
• Dots (:) are printed in front of the text.
Cut along the printed dots (:) with scissors.
ABC
25 mm
Narrow
• A margin of 25 mm is printed first, and then
each label is printed, leaving a margin of
4 mm before and after the text.
• Dots (:) are printed in front of the text.
Cut along the printed dots (:) with scissors.
1
25 mm
:
2
ABC
12 mm 12 mm
3
4
25 mm
5
: ABC
4 mm 4 mm
6
7
8
9
Setting Margin
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LABEL PRINTING
Setting
Chain
46
Setting Margin
Description
• Use this setting when printing several
labels with minimum margins.
• Feed the tape before using the cutter.
Otherwise a part of the text may be cut off.
Do not try to pull the tape since this may
damage the tape cassette.
• After pressing Print, “OK to Feed?” appears.
Press the Escape key to enter more texts or
press the OK or Enter key to feed.
• The final label is printed with an 9.4 mm
margin to the right of the characters. Use
scissors to cut off any part of this margin
that is not required.
Example
*Feed the tape before
using the cutter.
ABC
ABC
9.4 mm
You can adjust the length of the printed label in levels of -5 to +5.
1
Press the Setup key to display the setup menu, select “Adjust Length” using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
2
Select “Adjust Length” by using the
or
key, and
then set the value by using the
or
key.
3
Press the OK or Enter key to apply the setting.
z LABEL PRINTING
Adjusting the Label Length
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• Press the Space key to set the value to default setting.
• Approximately 1% of the total label length will be adjusted by 1 level.
Attaching Labels
1
If necessary, trim the printed label to the desired shape and length using scissors, etc.
2
Peel the backing from the label.
3
Position the label and then press firmly from top to bottom with your finger to
attach the label.
• The backing of some types of tapes may be pre-cut to make it easier to peel the backing.
To remove the backing, simply fold the label lengthwise with the text facing inward, to expose
the inside edges of the backing. Next, peel off the backing one piece at a time.
• Labels may be difficult to attach to surfaces that are wet, dirty, or uneven. The labels may peel
off easily from these surfaces.
• Be sure to read the instructions provided with Fabric Iron-On Tapes, Extra Strength Adhesive
Tapes or other special tapes and observe all precautions noted in the instructions.
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3
4
5
6
7
8
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LABEL PRINTING
Printing from the Label Collection
Printing a label from the Label Collection Stored in the Machine
Pages 49 to 51 show the many labels that are stored in your Label Collection. Printing
these pre-designed labels saves you time.
1
Press the Label Collection key.
2
Select the language of the label to be printed using the
or
key, and then
press the OK or Enter key.
The language can be selected from "Croatian", "Czech", "Danish", "Dutch",
"English (United Kingdom)", "Finnish", "French", "German", "Hungarian", "Italian",
"Norwegian", "Polish", "Portuguese", "Romanian", "Slovak", "Slovenian",
"Spanish (Spain)", or "Swedish".
3
Select the category using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
Refer to the Label Collection List to view all of the available labels.
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4
The first label image is displayed.
Select a label using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
To add the label to your “Favorites”, select “Add to Favorites” using the or
key,
and then press the OK or Enter key to register the selected label image in the Favorites
category. Registering your most frequently used label images allows you to quickly and
easily display them when needed again.
5
Select “Print” using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
Label Collection categories are pre-set for specific tape widths. Tape widths are
referenced after the name of the Label Collection category in parentheses. For example,
to create a Shipping Label, 18 mm tape must be loaded in the machine. If the width of the
current tape cassette does not match the set width for the selected layout, an error message
is displayed when you try to print the label. Press the Escape key or any other key to clear
the error message, and insert a tape cassette of the correct width.
Printing from the Label Collection
z LABEL PRINTING
zLabel Collection Listz
Category
Label
Files
(12 mm tape
only)
1
Office Signage
(18 mm tape
only)
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
* Labels are for illustrative purposes only.
Printing from the Label Collection
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LABEL PRINTING
Category
Caution
(18 mm tape
only)
Shipping
(18 mm tape
only)
ECO
(18 mm tape
only)
* Labels are for illustrative purposes only.
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Printing from the Label Collection
Label
z LABEL PRINTING
Category
Label
Retail
(18 mm tape
only)
Personal
(12 mm tape
only)
1
* Labels are for illustrative purposes only.
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3
4
5
6
7
8
9
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USING THE FILE MEMORY
You can store up to 9 of your most frequently used labels in the file memory. Each label
is stored as a file, allowing you to quickly and easily recall your label when needed again.
When the file memory is full, each time you save a file you will need to overwrite one of your
stored files.
Storing a Label into Memory
1
After entering the text and formatting the label, press the File key to display the
File screen.
2
Select “Save” using the
3
Press the OK or Enter key. A file number is displayed.
A label text is also displayed if a label is already stored in that file number.
4
Select a file number using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key
to save the label under the selected file number.
The file is saved and the screen returns to the text entry screen.
or
key.
When there is already a stored file in the selected number, the data will be overwritten by
the file you try to save.
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• Up to 200 characters can be saved in one file. However, the number of characters that can be
saved may differ, for example when entering symbols. Up to 9 files can be saved.
• To store a label created by using the Auto-Format Layouts, refer to “Using Auto-Format
Layouts” on page 31.
Opening a Stored Label File
1
Press the File key to display the File screen.
2
Select “Open” using the
3
Press the OK or Enter key. The file number of a stored label is displayed.
The label text is also displayed to identify the label.
4
Select a file number using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key
to open the selected file. The file is opened and displayed on the text entry screen.
or
key.
Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
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Storing a Label into Memory
1
Press the File key to display the File screen.
2
Select “Print” using the
3
Press the OK or Enter key. The file number of a stored label is displayed.
The label text is also displayed to identify the label.
4
Select a file number using the or key, and then press the Print, OK or Enter
key to print the selected label. The label is printed from the machine.
or
key.
z USING THE FILE MEMORY
Printing a Stored Label File
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• The message “No Text!” is displayed when you try to print a file with no text.
Deleting a Stored Label File
1
Press the File key to display the File screen.
2
Select “Delete” using the
3
Press the OK or Enter key. The file number of a stored label is displayed.
The label text is also displayed to identify the label.
4
Select a file number using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
The message “Delete?” is displayed.
5
Press the OK or Enter key to delete the file.
The file is deleted and the screen returns to the text entry screen.
or
key.
Press the Escape key to cancel deleting the file and return to the previous screen.
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Printing a Stored Label File
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MAINTAINING YOUR P-TOUCH
Resetting the P-touch
You can reset the internal memory of your P-touch when you want to clear all saved
label files, or in the event the P-touch is not operating correctly.
Resetting the data to factory settings (Label collections stored in
Favorites is not reset)
Turn off the machine. Press and hold down the Shift and R keys. While holding down
the Shift and R keys, press the Power key once and then release the Shift and R keys.
• Release the Power key before releasing the other key.
• All text, format settings, option settings and stored label files are cleared when you reset the
P-touch. Language and unit settings will also be cleared
Maintenance
Your P-touch should be cleaned on a regular basis to maintain its performance and life
span.
Always remove the batteries and disconnect the AC adapter before cleaning the P-touch.
Cleaning the Unit
Wipe any dust and marks from the main unit using a soft, dry cloth.
Use a slightly dampened cloth on difficult to remove marks.
Do not use paint thinner, benzene, alcohol or any other organic solvent. These may deform the
case or damage the appearance of your P-touch.
Cleaning the Print Head
Streaks or poor quality characters on printed
labels generally indicates that the print head is
dirty. Clean the print head using a cotton swab or
the optional print head cleaning cassette (TZCL4).
• Do not touch the print head directly with your
bare hands.
• Refer to the instructions provided with the print
head cleaning cassette for directions on how to
use it.
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Resetting the P-touch
Print head
z MAINTAINING YOUR P-TOUCH
Cleaning the Tape Cutter
Tape adhesive can build up on the cutter blade after
repeated use, taking the edge off the blade which may
result in the tape jamming in the cutter.
• About once every year, wipe the cutter blade
using a cotton swab moistened with Isopropyl
alcohol (rubbing alcohol).
• Do not touch the cutter blade directly with your
bare hands.
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2
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4
5
6
7
8
9
Maintenance
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TROUBLESHOOTING
What to do when...
Problem
Solution
The screen “locks”, or Refer to “Resetting the P-touch” on page 54 and reset the
the P-touch does not internal memory to the initial settings. If resetting the
respond normally.
P-touch does not solve the problem, disconnect the AC
adapter and remove the batteries for more than 10 minutes.
The display remains
Check that the batteries are correctly installed and that the
blank after turning on AC adapter designed exclusively for your P-touch
the power.
(provided) is correctly connected.
The LCD messages
Refer to “Setting Language and Unit” on page 19 to select
are displayed in a
your desired language.
foreign language.
The label is not
• Check that text has been entered and that the tape
printed after pressing
cassette is installed correctly with sufficient tape
the Print key.
remaining.
• If the tape is bent, cut off the bent section and thread the
tape through the tape exit slot.
• If the tape is jammed, remove the tape cassette and then
pull out the jammed tape and cut it. Check that the end of
the tape passes through the tape guide before reinstalling
the tape cassette.
The label is not
• Remove the tape cassette and reinstall it, pressing it firmly
printed correctly.
until it clicks into place.
• If the print head is dirty, clean it with a cotton swab or
optional print head cleaning cassette (TZ-CL4).
The ink ribbon is
If the ink ribbon is broken, replace
separated from the
the tape cassette. If not, leave the
ink roller.
tape uncut and remove the tape
Spool
cassette, then wind the loose ink
ribbon onto the spool as shown in
the figure.
The P-touch stops
while printing a label.
Label files saved
previously are now
empty.
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What to do when...
• Replace the tape cassette if striped tape is visible, as this
indicates that you have reached the end of the tape.
• Replace all batteries or connect the AC adapter directly to
the P-touch.
All files stored in the internal memory are deleted if the
batteries are weak or the AC adapter was disconnected.
When an error message appears on the display, follow the directions provided below.
Message
Battery Weak!*
Cause/Remedy
The installed batteries are getting weak.
Check
Battery!
The installed batteries are about to run out of power. Replace
with new batteries or connect the AC adapter before
continuing.
An incompatible AC adapter is connected. After the power is
turned off automatically, use the AC adapter designed
exclusively for your P-touch.
Wrong Type
Of Adapter
Connected!
Cutter Error!*
No Text!*
Insert Tape
Cassette!*
Line Limit!
Max 5 Lines*
Tape Width
Limit!
Max 3 Lines*
Tape Width
Limit!
Max 2 Lines*
Tape Width
Limit!
Max 1 Line*
Block Limit!
Max 5 Blocks*
Text Full!*
z TROUBLESHOOTING
Error Messages
The tape cutter is closed when you try to print or feed tape.
Turn the P-touch off and then on again before continuing.
When tape is tangled in the cutter, remove the tape.
There is no text, symbols or bar code data entered when you
try to print or preview a label. Enter data before continuing.
There is no tape cassette installed when you try to print or
preview a label, or feed tape. Install a tape cassette before
continuing.
There are already five lines of text when you press the
Enter key. Limit the number of lines to five.
There are more than three lines of text when you press the
Print or Preview key while using 12 mm tape. Limit the
number of lines to three, or replace with a larger width tape
cassette.
There are more than two lines of text when you press the
Print or Preview key while using 9 mm or 6 mm tape. Limit
the number of lines to two, or replace with a larger width tape
cassette.
There is more than one line of text when you press the Print
or Preview key while using 3.5 mm tape. Limit the number of
lines to one, or replace with a larger width tape cassette.
There are already five blocks of text. Limit the number of
blocks to five.
The maximum number of characters have already been
entered. Edit the text and use fewer characters.
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
*Press any key to clear the error message.
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Error Messages
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TROUBLESHOOTING
Message
Length Limit!*
Insert
18mm Tape
Cassette!*
Cause/Remedy
The length of the label to be printed using the text entered is
longer than 1 m. Edit the text so that the length of the label is
less than 1 m.
An 18 mm tape cassette is not installed when an Auto-Format
for 18 mm tape is selected. Install an 18 mm tape cassette.
Insert
12mm Tape
Cassette!*
An 12 mm tape cassette is not installed when an AutoFormat for 12 mm tape is selected. Install a 12 mm tape
cassette.
Insert
9mm Tape
Cassette!*
An 9 mm tape cassette is not installed when an Auto-Format
for 9 mm tape is selected. Install a 9 mm tape cassette.
Insert
6mm Tape
Cassette!*
An 6 mm tape cassette is not installed when an Auto-Format
for 6 mm tape is selected. Install a 6 mm tape cassette.
Insert
3.5mm Tape
Cassette!*
An 3.5 mm tape cassette is not installed when an AutoFormat for 3.5 mm tape is selected. Install an 3.5 mm tape
cassette.
Too Much Text
For This Layout!*
The maximum number of characters for the selected layout
have already been entered. Edit the text to use fewer
characters or use a different layout.
The value entered for setting the tape length, tab length,
multiple copies or numbering function is invalid. Enter a valid
value for the setting.
The tape length set using the tape length setting is shorter
than the total length of the left and right margins applied for
the “Large Margin” setting. Select a different margin setting.
The length of the label to be printed using the text entered is
longer than the length setting. Edit the text to fit within the set
length or change the length setting.
The text size is too large. Select a different size option.
Incorrect
Value!*
Select Other
Margin!*
Text
Too Long!*
Text
Too High!*
Check # of
Digits
Entered!*
The number of digits entered in the bar code data does not
match the number of digits set in the bar code parameters.
Enter the correct number of digits.
*Press any key to clear the error message.
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Error Messages
Maximum Of
5 Bar Codes
Per Label!*
Cause/Remedy
The bar code data entered does not have the required start/
stop code (A, B, C, or D required at the beginning and end of
the bar code data for the CODABAR protocol). Enter the bar
code data correctly.
There are already 5 bar codes entered in the text data when
you try to enter a new bar code. You can only use up to five
bar codes in each label.
z TROUBLESHOOTING
Message
Input A,B,C or D
At Start&End!*
Category Full!*
The memory available for categories is full. To make more
memory available, delete any unnecessary registered label
files by highlighting the label file and pressing the OK key.
Installed tape is not Tape that is incompatible with the machine has been
compatible with this installed. Use compatible tape.
machine!*
OK to Feed?*
Feeding tape after printing when [Chain print] is selected.
Refer to “Setting Margin” on page 45.
*Press any key to clear the error message.
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Error Messages
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APPENDIX
Specifications
Main Unit
Item
Display
Character display
Screen contrast
Printing
Print method
Print head
Print height
Print speed
Tape cassette
No. of lines
Margin
Memory
Memory buffer size
File storage
Other Features
Templates
Power Supply
Power supply
Auto Power-off
Size
Dimensions
Weight
Other
Operating
temperature /
humidity
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Specifications
Specification
16 characters x 1 guidance and 2 lines text (128 x 48 dot)
5 levels (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2)
Thermal Transfer
112 dot / 180 dpi
15.8 mm max. (when using 18 mm tape)
Approx. 10 mm (0.39") / sec.
Standard TZ tape cassette (3.5, 6, 9, 12, 18 mm widths)
18 mm tape: 1 - 5 lines; 12 mm tape: 1 - 3 lines;
9 mm tape: 1 - 2 lines; 6 mm tape: 1 - 2 lines;
3.5 mm tape: 1 line
Full, Half, Narrow, Chain
Maximum 1800 characters
Maximum 9 files
Label Collections, Auto-Format, Block Layouts
AC adapter (AD-24ES), Six AA-size alkaline batteries (LR6)
Battery: 5 min.
Approx. 164.0 mm (W) x 215.6 mm (D) x 57.5 mm (H)
Approx. 565.5 g (without tape cassette and batteries)
50 ~ 95 °F / 20 ~ 80% humidity (without condensation)
Maximum wet bulb temperature: 80.6 °F
INDEX
R
AC adapter ....................................... 15
Accented Character List ................... 24
Auto power-off time .......................... 17
Return mark ......................................11
B
Battery .............................................. 14
Block Layouts ................................... 35
C
Caps mode ....................................... 11
contrast ............................................. 18
cursor keys ....................................... 20
S
size ....................................................25
Special Character List .......................39
Specifications ....................................60
style ...................................................25
Symbol List ........................................23
symbols .............................................22
T
deleting
text and formatting ................... 21
text only .................................... 21
tape cassettes ...................................16
tape length ........................................11
Templates .........................................32
text
entering and editing ...................20
lines ...........................................20
E
W
entering
text ........................................... 20
width ..................................................25
D
z INDEX
A
F
formatting
character attributes .................. 25
label attributes .......................... 29
Frames ............................................. 29
K
1
2
Keyboard .......................................... 12
3
L
4
Label Collection ................................ 48
length ............................................... 29
line .................................................... 25
Line number ..................................... 11
N
new line ............................................ 20
P
Power Supply ................................... 14
5
6
7
8
9
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