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Dymo ExecuLabel LM450 User guide
Professional Labelmaker
User Guide
USB Connector
AC Power Connector
LCD Display
Label Exit
Label cassette
door release
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Font Size/Style
Font/Fixed Length
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Manual Cutter
Arrows & OK
Space Bar
Figure 1 ExecuLabel LM450 Professional Labelmaker
About Your New Labelmaker
With your new DYMO ExecuLabel™ LM450
labelmaker, you can create a wide variety of highquality, self-adhesive labels. You can choose to
print your labels in many different sizes and styles.
The labelmaker uses DYMO D1 label cassettes in
widths of 1/4” (6 mm), 3/8” (9 mm), 1/2” (12 mm),
3/4” (19 mm), or 1” (24 mm). Label cassettes are
also available in a wide range of materials.
Visit www.dymo.com for information on obtaining
labels and accessories for your labelmaker.
2. Insert the batteries following the polarity
markings (+ and –).
Warranty Registration
3. Replace the battery compartment cover.
Please complete the warranty registration card and
return it to the appropriate Customer Support
address within seven days of purchase. Visit
www.dymo.com/registration for details.
Remove the batteries if the labelmaker will
not be used for a long period of time.
Getting Started
Follow the instructions in this section to print your
first label.
Connecting the Power
The labelmaker can operate on AC or battery
power. To save power, the labelmaker will
automatically turn off after two minutes of inactivity.
Inserting the Batteries
The labelmaker uses six 1.5 volt high-capacity AA
alkaline batteries.
To insert the batteries
1. Remove the battery compartment cover. See
Figure 2.
Figure 2
Connecting the Power Adapter
An optional AC power adapter can also be used to
power the labelmaker. Connecting the power
adapter to the labelmaker disconnects the batteries
as a power source.
To connect the power adapter
1. Plug the power adapter into the power connector
on the top, left side of the labelmaker.
2. Plug the other end of the power adapter into a
power outlet.
Make sure the labelmaker power is turned off
before you disconnect the power adapter from the
main power source. Otherwise, your most recent
memory settings will be lost.
Inserting the Label Cassette
Your labelmaker comes with one DYMO D1 label
cassette. Visit www.dymo.com for information
about purchasing additional label cassettes.
To insert the label cassette
1. Press and release the label cassette cover to
open the label compartment. See Figure 3.
Figure 5
Figure 3
The first time you use the labelmaker,
remove the protective cardboard insert from
between the print head and pinch roller. See
Figure 4.
cardboard insert
4. Press firmly until cassette clicks into place.
When positioned correctly, you will hear the
labelmaker wind the label ribbon into place.
5. Close the label cassette cover and press A to
turn on the power.
The Label Settings menu automatically appears
immediately after inserting a new label cassette.
6. Use the arrow keys to select the label width of
the label cassette currently in the labelmaker
and press
You can set the language, current date and time,
and the units of measure you want the labelmaker
to use.
Figure 4
2. Make sure the label and ribbon is taut across the
mouth of the cassette and that the label passes
between the guideposts. If necessary, turn the
spool clockwise to tighten the ribbon.
3. Insert the cassette with the label and ribbon
positioned between the print head and pinch
roller. See Figure 5.
Selecting a Language
You can select from a number of different language
options. By default, the language is set to English.
To select a language
1. Press
2. Use the arrow keys to select the language you
want and press
Setting the Current Date
The default date format depends upon the
language selection for the labelmaker. You can
change the default date format by following the
instructions in Changing the Date Format on
page 10.
To set the date
1. Press
2. Select Set Date, and press
is displayed.
. The default date
To set the units of measure
1. Press
2. Use the arrow keys to select Set Units and
3. Select inches or millimeters and press
Printing Your First Label
You are now ready to print your first label.
To print a label
1. Enter text to create a simple label.
2. Press
3. Move the cursor over each setting (month, day,
and year) and use the arrow keys to increase or
decrease the value.
4. When finished, press
Setting the Current Time
The default time format depends upon the
language selection for the labelmaker. You can
change the default time format by following the
instructions in Changing the Time Format on
page 11.
To set the time
1. Press Settings.
2. Select Set Time, and press
time is displayed.
. The default
3. Move the cursor over each setting (hours and
minutes) and use the arrow keys to increase or
decrease the value.
4. When finished, press
. The label is automatically cut.
The Auto Cut feature is turned on by default. To
disable the Auto Cut feature, see Changing the
Cutting Option on page 13.
3. Remove the label.
Congratulations! You have printed your first label.
Continue reading to learn more about the options
available for creating labels.
Getting to Know the Labelmaker
The following sections describe each feature in
detail. Become familiar with the location of the
feature and function keys on your labelmaker. See
Figure 1 on the inside front cover.
The A button turns the power on and off. After
two minutes of no activity, the power is switched off
automatically. The last label created is
remembered and displayed when the power is
turned back on. The previously selected style
settings are also restored.
Selecting Units of Measure
LCD Display
You can choose to show measurements in inches
or millimeters. The default units of measure
depends upon the language chosen.
The labelmaker’s LCD display shows a row of up to
16 characters. However, you can enter up to 99
characters and spaces.
The display window can accommodate 16 uppercase characters. As you type more characters, they
begin to scroll to the left. (See Figure 6.) The
number of characters actually displayed can vary
due to proportional spacing.
The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog.
Figure 6
In addition, feature indicators appear on the display
to let you know when a feature is selected. See
Figure 7.
Font and Size
deleted; however, when you press
together, the entire label text and
formatting is deleted and the display is ready for
you to type a new label.
Space Bar
The V key inserts one or more blank
spaces in your text.
key removes the character to the left of
the cursor.
clears all label text and
key allows you to exit from a menu
without making a selection or to cancel an action.
Auto Cut
# of Copies
Mixed Formats
Fixed Length
Multiple Lines
CAPS mode
Navigation Keys
Figure 7
The CAPS key toggles capitalization on and off.
When CAPS mode is turned on, the CAPS mode
indicator is shown on the display and all letters that
you enter will be capitalized. The default setting is
CAPS mode on. When CAPS mode is off, all letters
entered appear in lower case.
Shift Key
key, when used in combination with an
alphabet key, changes the case of the selected
letter. When used in combination with number keys
or function keys, the
key selects the alternate
function shown on the key. For example, when you
, the character to the left of the cursor is
With the
keys, you can review and edit your
label, and navigate through the menus. Use the left
and right arrow keys to move the cursor along the
label text or to move through fields. Use the up and
down arrow keys to increase or decrease settings
and to select menu items, and then press
accept the selection.
Connecting to Your Computer
Your labelmaker can be used as a standalone label
printer or you can print labels from your computer
using DYMO LabelMANAGER software. Your
labelmaker connects to your computer using the
USB connection located on the top of the
labelmaker. See Figure 8.
To set the font
1. Press the
2. Use the arrow keys to move to the desired font
and then press
Adding Font Styles
Figure 8
You can choose from many different font styles to
apply to your text:
Refer to the ExecuLabel LM450 Quick Start Guide
for installation instructions and the DYMO
LabelMANAGER Software User Guide for
information about designing and printing labels.
Formatting Your Label
You can choose from a number of formatting
options to enhance the appearance of your labels.
The labelmaker remembers the last feature
selection made so that each time you enter one of
the feature menus described in this section, you
are positioned at the last item selected from that
Changing the Font
Seven fonts are available for your labels:
Arial Narrow
Arial Normal
Arial Wide
Times New Roman
When you specify a font, that font applies to all
characters on the label. If you want to use more
than one font, you must insert format breaks. See
Using Mixed Formats on page 9 for more
Italic + Bold
Italic + Outline
Italic + Shadow
Italic + 3D
When you select a style, that style applies to all
characters on a label. If you want to use more than
one style, you must insert format breaks. See
Using Mixed Formats on page 9 for more
information. However,when you use mirror or
vertical style, that style applies to the whole label.
Styles can be used with alphanumeric characters
and symbols. See Using Symbols and Special
Characters on page 9 for more information on
printing symbols.
To set the font style
1. Press the
2. Use the arrow keys to move to the desired style
and then press
Adding Box and Background Styles
You can further highlight your text by choosing a
box, underline, or background style. You can also
use label text stored in memory as background text
on your label. See Storing Label Text on page 13
for information on storing text in memory.
A label can be underlined or enclosed in a box or
background, but not both together. The styles
available are shown in Figure 9.
Square Box
Pointed Box
Rounded Box
Crocodile Box
Scroll Box
3D Box
2. Select Text Background (TXT) and then press
The first memory location is displayed.
3. Use the arrow keys to select the stored text you
wish to use as a background and press
Creating Multi-Line Labels
The number of lines you can print on a label
depends on the width of the label you are using:
• Maximum of five lines on 3/4" (19 mm) and 1”
(24 mm) labels
• Maximum of three lines on 3/8" (9 mm) and 1/2"
(12 mm) labels
• Maximum of one line on 1/4" (6 mm) labels
2. Type the text for the second line.
The display shows the line on which you are
currently entering text. The example below
indicates that the second line is the current line on
the label.
Figure 9
On multi-line labels, all lines are underlined. In box
style mode, all lines are enclosed in one box style.
To select a text background
1. Press the
2. Select a frame style and then press
To create a multi-line label
1. Type the text for the first line, and press
new line character
is placed at the end of
the first line in the display, but will not print on the
Wood Grain
ExecuLabel LM450
Background patterns are not available for 6
mm label.
To set the box style
1. Press the
Text Background
Use the arrow keys to move between lines.
Using Mixed Formats
Adding Symbols
You can apply different fonts and format styles to
the text on a label by inserting format breaks to
divide the label into blocks or sections of text. Each
section is separated by a format break. You can
add two format breaks, allowing you to apply three
separate formats to a label.
Alignment, underline, box styles, and background
patterns cannot be mixed on a label.These styles
are common to the entire label.
To add a format break
1. Enter and format text for the first section.
The labelmaker supports the extended symbol set
as shown in Figure 10:
2. Press
3. Select Insert Format Break and press
4. Continue entering and formatting text for the
next section of the label.
Using Tabs
You can add tabs to a label to align text on multiline labels. Tabs are left justified and the default
spacing is 2.0” (50 mm).
To change the tab spacing
1. Press
2. Select Set Tab Length and press
3. Use the up and down arrow keys to increase or
decrease the tab setting, and then press
To insert a tab
1. Enter your text.
2. Press the
key and continue entering text.
Using Symbols and
Special Characters
Symbols and other special characters can be
added to your labels.
Figure 10
To add a symbol
1. Press
. The first row of symbols shown in
the table appears in the display.
2. Use the arrow keys to move to the desired
symbol. The left and right arrows move
horizontally along a row of symbols. The up and
down arrow keys scroll vertically through the
rows of symbols.
To quickly see a row of symbols, you can press
the letter corresponding to the row you want.
3. When you locate the desired symbol, press
to add the symbol to your label text.
Adding International Characters
The labelmaker supports the extended Latin
character set using RACE technology. Similar to
using a mobile phone keypad, if you type a letter
multiple times within a very short time, you will
scroll through variations on that letter.
For example, if French is selected as the language
and you repeatedly press the letter a, you will see a
à â æ and so on through all the variations
available. The character variations and the order in
which the variations appear depend on the
language you have selected to use.
Currency Symbols
Changing the Date Format
You can choose from twelve different date formats:
24 Dec 2004
Dec 24, 2004 (US default)
24 Dec 04 (EU default)
Dec 24, 04
24 December 2004
December 24, 2004
24 December 04
December 24, 04
To change the date format
1. Press
, select Set Date, and press
2. Use the arrow keys to select the date format and
The display shows the currently set date.
3. Use the arrow keys to change each part of the
date (month, day, year) and press
after each
Adding the Date to Your Label
The date can be added as fixed text (the date
remains the same) or as variable text that is
automatically updated with the current date when
the label is actually printed.
To add the date
1. Press
The currency key $ also uses RACE technology to
scroll through a number of currency symbols:
The order these symbols appear depends on the
language you have selected.
Adding Date and Time
You can add the date and time to your labels.
2. Select Insert Date and press
3. Select Fixed Date or Autom. Updated and
When Autom. Updated is selected, a date
is inserted on your label. When Fixed Date is
selected, the actual date is inserted on your label in
the format specified.
Changing the Time Format
Printing Multiple Copies
You can choose to show the time in 12-hour format
or 24-hour format.
To set the time format
1. Press
, select Set Time, and press
You can print up to 16 copies of a label at one time.
When printing multiple copies, a dotted cut-line is
printed between each label.
To print multiple copies of the label
1. Press
2. Use the arrow keys to select the time format
(24 Hour Clock or 12 Hour Clock) and press
The display shows the default time.
2. Select Set # Copies and press
3. Press the up arrow key to increase the number
of copies to print.
3. Use the arrow keys to change each part of the
time (hours and minutes) and press
each part.
4. Press the down arrow key to begin decreasing
the number of copies from 16.
5. Press
Adding the Time to your Label
6. Press
The time can be added as fixed text (the current
time) or as variable text that is automatically
updated with the current time when the label is
actually printed.
To add the time
1. Press
You may notice a brief pause in printing
between each label for more complex formats.
When printing is finished, the number of copies to
print returns to the default value of 1.
to begin printing.
Serializing Your Labels
2. Select Insert Time and press
3. Select Fixed Time or Autom. Updated and
When Autom. Updated is selected, a time
icon is inserted on your label. When Fixed Time is
selected, the actual time is inserted on your label in
the format specified.
Printing Options
You can print multiple copies of a label at one time,
print serialized labels, print fixed-length labels,
review label text and format, and adjust the printing
You can print a series of labels with the last number
incremented by one number. The number of labels
serialized depends upon the number of copies you
selected to print. Only the last series of numbers
that follows any letter, space, or punctuation will be
serialized. For example, abc123 will print as
abc123, abc124, abc125; and 123-998 will print as
123-998, 123-999, 123-1000, and so on.
To serialize your labels
1. Enter the text for your label.
2. Press
3. Select Set # Copies and press
4. Press the up arrow key to increase the number
of increments to print and press
5. Press
The labels automatically print, each label
incremented by one number.
Printing a Fixed-Length Label
Normally, the length of the label is determined by
the length of the text entered. However, you may
wish to make a label for a specific purpose that is a
fixed length regardless of the length of the text.
You can specify a fixed length for a label in
0.1” (2 mm) increments between 1.5” (40 mm) and
15.0” (400 mm). The preset fixed length is
4” (100 mm). Any change you make to the fixedlength setting remains in effect until you change it.
To set the label length
1. Press
2. Press the up arrow to select Fixed Length On
and then press
3. Use the arrow keys to set the length.
4. Press
After you print the label, you must reset the fixedlength label setting to OFF; otherwise, all your
subsequent labels will print with this fixed length.
Adding Barcodes to Labels
The labelmaker can print barcodes in six standard
formats: UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13,
CODE-39, and CODE-128.
You can print a barcode on 3/4” (19 mm) and
1” (24 mm) labels; and you can print only one
barcode per label.
The barcode prints horizontally along the label with
the text in small print underneath the barcode. You
can optionally add text before and after the
barcode. Or, you can add text above or below the
barcode by creating a two-line label. See Creating
Multi-Line Labels on page 8.
Four of the standard barcodes require a fixed
number of characters to generate the barcode:
EAN-8, EAN-13, UPC-A, and UPC-E. CODE-39
and CODE-128 barcodes allow a variable number
of characters to be entered.
To set the barcode type
1. Press
2. Select Set Barcode and press
3. Use the arrow keys to select the barcode type,
and press
One or more question marks appear between
the barcode symbols ( ).
You may see a 0 in the far right position for some
barcode types. This is a check digit and will be
replaced with a number when the barcode data
is entered.
4. Enter the data for the barcode, replacing the
question marks, and press
when finished.
Once you select a barcode type, that setting
remains until you select a different barcode type.
To insert a barcode
1. Enter the text you wish to appear before the
barcode on the label. (Optional)
2. Press
3. Select Insert Barcode and press
4. Enter any text you wish to appear after the
barcode. (Optional)
5. Press
Previewing Your Label
You can preview the text or format of your label
prior to printing. A multi-line label is previewed as a
single-line label.
To preview your label
1. Press
2. Select Text or Format, and then press
If you select Text, the text of the label scrolls
across the display. If you select Format, the format
selected displays briefly.
Aligning the Text
When you print a fixed length label you can choose
to align the text at the left, center, or right side of
the label. For multi-line labels, all lines of text are
aligned left, center, and right relative to each other.
To align the text
1. Press
2. Use the arrow keys to select the desired
alignment and press
The alignment setting remains active until you reset
the alignment.
You can choose to have each label automatically
cut after printing or you can manually cut the labels
using the
key. By default, labels are cut
automatically. When manual cutting is selected and
you print multiple copies or serialized labels, a
dotted cut-line is printed between each label.
To change the cutting option
1. Press
3. Select On or Off, and then press
Storing Label Text
The labelmaker automatically keeps the last fifteen
labels printed in a text buffer. In addition, you can
store up to ten specific labels you use frequently.
To store the current label text
1. Press
Changing the Cutting Option
2. Select Set Auto Cut and press
• Automatically stores the last fifteen labels
• Allows you to store the text of up to ten labels
you use frequently.
• Allows you to name and store up to ten
commonly used label formats.
2. Select Save and then press
3. Use the arrow keys to select Label and then
Ten fields, which represent memory locations,
are displayed. Fields that are filled indicate
stored label text. You can store new text in any
of the memory locations, however, if you select a
location that is filled, the previous label text will
be overwritten.
4. Select a memory location and press
This setting will remain until you change it.
Your label text is saved and you are returned to the
Adjusting the Print Contrast
Storing Formats
You can adjust the print contrast to fine tune the
print quality of your label.
To set the contrast
1. Press
In addition to label text, you can store up to ten
specific label formats you use frequently. This
feature stores only the formatting information not
the label text.
To store the current format
1. Press
2. Select Set Contrast and press
3. Select a contrast setting and press
Using Labelmaker Memory
The labelmaker has a powerful memory feature
that stores text and formatting as follows:
2. Select Save and press
3. Select Format and press
Ten fields, which represent memory locations,
are displayed. Fields that contain formats
display a name in the field. You can store new
formats in any of the fields, however, if you
select a location that is filled, the previous label
format will be overwritten.
4. Select a field and press
. The word Name?
appears in the field.
5. Enter a name for the format and press . Your
label format is saved and you are returned to the
Recalling Stored Labels and Formats
You can easily recall labels and formats stored in
memory to use at a later time.
To recall labels or formats
1. Press
2. Select Recall and then Label, Format, or Last
5. When you are able to access both sides of the
blade, release the keys.
6. Use a cotton ball and alcohol to clean both sides
of the cutter blade.
The cutter blade is extremely sharp. Use
caution when cleaning.
7. After cleaning the blade, press
to return
the blade to its home position.
You can also follow this procedure if the
cutter blade becomes lodged in the forward
position and will not move.
To clean the print head
♦ Clean the print head using the cleaning tool
located inside the label cassette compartment
lid. See Figure 11.
A list of memory locations is displayed similar to
storing a label or format.
3. Select a label or format to recall and press
Caring for Your Labelmaker
Your labelmaker is designed to give you long and
trouble-free service, while requiring very little
Clean your labelmaker from time to time to keep it
working properly. Clean the cutter blade each time
you replace the label cassette.
To clean the cutter blade
1. Press A to turn off the power.
2. Open label cassette compartment and remove
3. Press
and then A together. The
message, Cut Test, appears on the display.
4. While holding down the
key, repeatedly
. The cutter blade will move into view
in small steps.
Figure 11
Review the following possible solutions if you encounter a problem while using your labelmaker.
Problem/Error Message
No display
• Ensure the labelmaker is turned on.
• Replace discharged batteries.
Poor Print Quality
Replace discharged batteries or attach power adapter.
Ensure label cassette is installed properly.
Clean the print head.
Replace the label cassette.
Poor Cutter Performance
Clean the cutter blade. See Caring for Your Labelmaker.
No action required.
Message disappears when printing is finished.
Too many characters
Exceeded maximum number of characters in buffer.
Delete some or all of the buffer text.
Too many lines
Exceeded maximum number of lines allowed.
Select another format.
Insert Tape Cassette
Label cassette missing or empty.
Insert a new label cassette
Battery low
Batteries almost discharged.
Replace batteries or connect AC power adapter.
Tape Jam
Motor is stalled due to label jam.
• Remove jammed label and replace label cassette.
• Clean cutter blade.
Too many pages
Exceeded maximum number of format breaks allowed.
Change label layout.
Page not empty
Delete all content on the page.
Tape size too small
Change label size or change the formatting on the label.
Fixed-length label selected and the length necessary to
print the label exceeds the selected length.
• Following this message, a fixed-length value is
displayed which indicates the minimum label length
necessary to fit the text. Do one of the following:
• Adjust the fixed-length label setting appropriately, or
• Select a narrower font size.
If you still need assistance, contact DYMO Customer Support for your country. Refer to Contacting
Customer Support on the inside back cover to locate the contact number for your country.
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