User`s guide | Brother 2730 Printer User Manual

USER’S GUIDE
Read this User’s Guide before you start using your P-touch.
Keep this User’s Guide in a handy place for future reference.
INTRODUCTION
GETTING STARTED
EDITING A LABEL
LABEL PRINTING
USING THE FILE MEMORY
MAINTAINNING YOUR P-TOUCH
TROUBLESHOOTING
APPENDIX
INDEX
INTRODUCTION
Thank you for purchasing the P-touch 2730.
Your new P-touch is an easy to operate, feature packed labelling system that makes
creating professional, high quality labels a breeze. In addition to easy label creation via
pre-formatted label layouts, the P-touch editing software features advanced label
formatting, block formats, bar codes and auto-numbering functions.
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.
For Australia Only:
Warranty & Repair - For details about warranty on your Brother Product, the details
are listed on the following link: www.brother.com.au under Service & Support >
Warranty. For warranty service (repair) of your Brother product you will need to retain a
copy of your sales docket and contact the Support Centre for location of the nearest
Authorised Warranty Centre (AWC).
Support - For technical support for your Brother Product other than what you can
resolve through the User’s Guide, please visit our website or our solutions website
for FAQs/Troubleshooting, Drivers & Software, or contact the Product Support Centre
for any technical or customer care/support enquiry.
Product Support Centre: Australia
Brother International (Aust) Pty Ltd
Phone: 02 8875 6000
Fax: 02 9870 7223
Email: Please visit www.brother.com.au/ServiceSupport/EmailSupport.aspx and
submit a email enquiry.
Web Site: www.brother.com.au
Solutions Site: http://solutions.brother.com
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Declaration of Conformity (For USA Only)
Responsible Party : Brother International Corporation
100 Somerset Corporate Boulevard
Bridgewater, NJ 08807-0911 USA
TEL : (908) 704-1700
declares that the products
Product Name :
Brother P-touch Electronic Labeling System
Model Number :
PT-2730
comply with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver
is connected.
• Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Important
• The enclosed interface cable should be used in order to ensure compliance with the limits
for a Class B digital device.
• Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Brother Industries, Ltd. could void
the user's authority to operate the equipment.
International ENERGY STAR® Compliance Statement
The purpose of the International ENERGY STAR® Program is to promote the development
and popularization of energy-efficient office equipment.As an ENERGY STAR® Partner,
Brother Industries, Ltd. has determined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR®
guidelines for energy efficiency.
Compilation and Publication Notice
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-2730 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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Any trade names and product names of companies appearing on Brother products, related
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respective companies.
How to use the P-touch ................................................................................................. 4
Safety Precautions ........................................................................................................ 6
General Precautions...................................................................................................... 9
Symbols Used in this Guide ........................................................................................ 10
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Contents
GETTING STARTED ............................................................................. 11
Unpacking Your P-touch ............................................................................................. 11
General Description..................................................................................................... 12
LCD Display & Keyboard............................................................................................. 13
LCD Display .......................................................................................................... 13
Key Names and Functions.................................................................................... 14
Power Supply .............................................................................................................. 16
Battery................................................................................................................... 16
AC Adapter ........................................................................................................... 17
Inserting a Tape Cassette ........................................................................................... 18
Turning Power On/Off ................................................................................................. 19
Feeding Tape .............................................................................................................. 20
Feed & Cut............................................................................................................ 20
Feed Only ............................................................................................................. 20
LCD Display ................................................................................................................ 21
LCD Contrast ........................................................................................................ 21
Display Mode ........................................................................................................ 21
Back Light ............................................................................................................. 22
Setting Language and Unit.......................................................................................... 22
Language .............................................................................................................. 22
Unit........................................................................................................................ 22
EDITING A LABEL................................................................................. 23
Entering and Editing Text ............................................................................................ 23
Entering Text from the Keyboard .......................................................................... 23
Using Text Reminder ............................................................................................ 23
Adding a New Line................................................................................................ 24
Adding a New Block.............................................................................................. 24
Moving the Cursor................................................................................................. 24
Inserting Text ........................................................................................................ 24
Inserting a Tab ...................................................................................................... 24
Deleting Text......................................................................................................... 25
Entering Symbols ........................................................................................................ 26
Entering Symbols Using the Symbol Function...................................................... 26
Using Symbol Update Function ............................................................................ 27
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Entering Accented Characters .....................................................................................29
Setting Character Attributes .........................................................................................30
Setting Character Attributes by Label ....................................................................30
Setting Character Attributes by Each Line.............................................................30
Setting Auto Fit Style .............................................................................................34
Setting Label Attributes ................................................................................................35
Using Auto-Format Layouts .........................................................................................38
Using Templates - Example creating an Asset Tag...............................................38
Using Block Layouts ..............................................................................................42
Using Time & Date Function ........................................................................................45
Clock Setting..........................................................................................................45
Time & Date Format Setting ..................................................................................46
Time Stamp Setting ...............................................................................................47
[Timing]............................................................................................................47
[Time Stamp Format].......................................................................................48
[Forward] .........................................................................................................48
Creating a Bar Code Label...........................................................................................49
Setting Bar Code Parameters................................................................................50
Entering Bar Code Data.........................................................................................51
Editing and Deleting a Bar Code ...........................................................................52
LABEL PRINTING ................................................................................. 53
Label Preview...............................................................................................................53
Printing a Label ............................................................................................................53
Printing a Single Copy ...........................................................................................54
Printing Multiple Copies .........................................................................................54
Auto-numbering Labels..........................................................................................55
Mirror Printing ........................................................................................................56
Tape Cutting Options ...................................................................................................57
Adjusting the Label Length...........................................................................................59
Attaching Labels...........................................................................................................59
Printing from the Label Collection ................................................................................60
Printing a label from the Label Collection Stored in the Machine ..........................60
Downloading a new Label Collection Category (Windows® only) ...............................64
Downloading a Label Collection Category to your P-touch ...................................64
Downloading a New Label Collection Category to P-touch Editor /
Updating P-touch Editor Software .........................................................................67
USING THE FILE MEMORY ................................................................. 69
Storing a Label into Memory ........................................................................................69
Opening a Stored Label File ........................................................................................69
Printing a Stored Label File..........................................................................................70
Deleting a Stored Label File.........................................................................................70
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Resetting the P-touch.................................................................................................. 71
Resetting data to factory settings (Downloaded data is not reset.)....................... 71
Resetting data to factory settings (Downloaded data is reset.)............................. 71
Maintenance................................................................................................................ 71
Cleaning the Unit .................................................................................................. 71
Cleaning the Print Head........................................................................................ 72
Cleaning the Tape Cutter...................................................................................... 72
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MAINTAINING YOUR P-TOUCH........................................................... 71
TROUBLESHOOTING........................................................................... 73
What to do when... ...................................................................................................... 73
Error Messages ........................................................................................................... 75
APPENDIX............................................................................................. 78
Specifications .............................................................................................................. 78
INDEX .................................................................................................... 79
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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. 11
2 CREATING A LABEL
• Entering and Editing text.
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• Entering Symbols. P. 26
• Entering Accented Characters.
In addition to entering text, the P-touch has a
large range of formatting options.
Create labels like these:
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• Using Auto-Format Layouts.
P. 38
3 LABEL PRINTING
• Printing a label. P. 53
• Tape Cutting Options. P. 57
Before printing, you can check the layout of
your label using the preview function.
• Printing from the Label collection.
P. 60
Create labels like these:
Feed & Cut
Preview
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1 GETTING STARTED
This P-touch can be used as a stand alone desktop P-touch or it can be
connected to a PC/Mac and used with the included P-touch Editor software to
create more elaborate labels.
To use your P-touch connected to a computer, attach your P-touch to a
computer via the included USB cable and install the P-touch Editor software
and drivers.
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„ Create a label by connecting your P-touch to a PC
• Prepare the P-touch.
• Prepare the PC.
Software Installation Guide
2 CREATING A LABEL
• Launch the P-touch Editor Software.
• Enter the label text using P-touch
Editor.
Create labels like these:
Software Help
Software Installation Guide
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3 LABEL PRINTING
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Print the label
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„ 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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Safety Precautions
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
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.
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Safety Precautions
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.
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WARNING
AC adapter
Follow these guidelines to avoid fire, damage, electric shock, failure or the risk of injury.
Always use the specified voltage (220240V) 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 and USB cable.
Don't connect the enclosed AC
adapter, adapter cord, power plug and
USB cable 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.
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.
Tape Cutter
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unit.
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CAUTION
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.
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.
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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.
• 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, AC adapter connector or USB port, 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 71).
• 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°F 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.
• It is recommended that you use the USB cable supplied with the P-touch. Should another
USB cable need to be used, ensure it is of high quality construction.
• 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.
• 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 darkcoloured 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 and clock settings 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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Symbols Used in this Guide
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.
Symbols Used in this Guide
GETTING STARTED
Check that the package contains the following before using your P-touch.
P-touch PT-2730
Starter Tape Cassette
CD-ROM
USB cable
AC adapter
User’s Guide
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Unpacking Your P-touch
The adapter plug may differ by country.
Software Installation Guide
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
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The Software Installation Guide may be
provided on CD, not printed.
You can download the PDF version
of the Software Installation Guide,
please go to
http://solutions.brother.com
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General Description
Tape compartment cover
Tape viewer
LCD display
Tape cassette compartment
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.
AC adaptor connector
USB port
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Battery compartment
cover
Battery case
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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.
Refer to “LCD Display” on page 21 for changing the contrast and display mode, and for turning
the back light on / off.
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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.
• Use the
and
keys to change
clock settings.
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 23 mm of blank tape and then
automatically cuts the tape when
used in combination with the Shift
key.
8. Display
Use this to change the display patterns
of text entry screen and clock display.
9. File
Enables frequently used labels in the
file memory to be printed, opened,
saved, or deleted.
18. Symbol
Use this to select and enter a symbol
from a list of available symbols.
19. Backspace
Deletes the character to the left of the
cursor.
20. Enter
• Enters a new line when entering text.
• Enters a new block when used in
combination with the Shift key.
21. Time
• Enters the selected date / time to the
position of the cursor in the text entry
screen.
• Clock display appears when used in
combination with the Shift key.
22. Auto-Format
Enables labels to be created using
pre-defined templates or block
formats.
23. Space
• Enters a blank space.
• Returns a setting to the default
value.
24. Bar Code
• Opens Bar Code Input screen.
• Opens Bar Code Setup screen when
used with the Shift key.
25. Accent
Use this to select and enter an
accented character.
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10. 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.
11. Label
Enables label attributes for the label to
be set.
12. Setup
Enables operating preferences (Bar
Code, Time & Date,LCD Contrast,
etc.) for the P-touch to be set.
13. Clear
Clears all text entered, or all text and
current label settings.
14. Letter
• 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.
15. Tab
Inserts a tab to the position of the
cursor in the text entry screen.
16. Caps
Turns Caps mode on and off.
17. Shift
Use this key in combination with the
letter and number keys to type
uppercase letters or the symbols
indicated on the number keys.
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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 eight 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.
Always replace all eight 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.
• When power is disconnected for more than two minutes, all text and format settings will be
cleared. Any text files stored in the memory and clock settings will also be cleared.
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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 safeguard and backup the P-touch's memory and clock setting, when the AC adapter is
unplugged it is recommended to have AA-size alkaline batteries (LR6) installed into the
machine.
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• 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 3.5mm, 6mm, 9mm, 12mm, 18mm, or 24mm width can be used in
mark.
your P-touch. Use only Brother tape cassettes with the
• 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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With AC adapter
With battery
P-touch only
8 hours
5 minutes
Connected to PC
8 hours
No operation for 1 hour after
connection to USB.
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Feeding Tape
Feed & Cut
The Feed & Cut function feeds 23mm of blank tape then cuts the 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.
1
Hold down the Shift key and press the Preview key.
"Feed & Cut?" will appear on the LCD display.
2
Using the
Enter.
or
key to select the "Feed & Cut" option and then press either OK or
The message "Feeding Tape... Please Wait" appears while the tape is fed, and
then the tape is cut.
To exit or cancel this function press Escape.
Feed Only
This function will advance the tape approximately 23 mm resulting in a blank label
sticking out of the tape cassette. This action is recommended when using Fabric and
Extra Strength Adhesive tapes, which should be cut using scissors.
1
Hold down the Shift key and press the Preview key.
"Feed & Cut?" will appear on the LCD display.
2
Using the
or
key to select the "Feed Only" option and then press either OK or
Enter key.
The message "Feeding Tape... Please Wait" appears while the tape is fed.
To exit or cancel this function press Escape.
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Feeding Tape
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”.
1
Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, select “LCD Contrast” using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
2
Select a contrast level using the
or
key.
The screen contrast changes each time you press the
to set the most suitable contrast.
3
Press the OK or Enter key.
or
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LCD Display
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”.
Display Mode
You can change the display mode to your preferable style by pressing the Display key
repeatedly. You can select from three text entry screens (guidance + 2 text lines, 3 text
lines, guidance + 1 line) and clock display.
Text entry screen
Clock display
1
2
guidance + 2 lines
3 lines
3
guidance + 1 line
• You can also change the clock display to the text entry screen (guidance + 2 text lines) by
pressing any other key on the keyboard besides the Power key.
• For adjusting the clock to current date and time, refer to “Clock Setting” on page 45.
• For selecting a desired format for displaying the date and time, refer to “Time & Date Format
Setting” on page 46.
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GETTING STARTED
Back Light
You can change the back light setting either to ON or OFF.
The display is easier to see with the back light ON. The default setting is "ON".
1
Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, select "Backlight" using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
2
Select "ON" or "OFF" using the
3
Press the OK or Enter key.
or
key.
Power can be saved when the back light is turned off.
Setting Language and Unit
Language
1
Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, select "Language" using the
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
2
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".
3
Press the OK or Enter key.
or
Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
Unit
1
Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, select "Unit" using the
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
2
Select a unit for dimensions shown on the LCD display by using the
Either "mm" or "inch" can be selected.
3
Press the OK or Enter key.
The default setting is "mm". Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
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Setting Language and Unit
or
or
key.
EDITING A LABEL
Entering Text from the Keyboard
The keyboard of your P-touch can be used in the same way as a standard computer
keyboard.
Using Text Reminder
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Entering and Editing Text
When a character is entered, the machine remembers character sequences beginning
with the character entered from a history of all printed character sequences to date, and
displays a list of options from which to select.
1
Enter "c".
2
The machine displays the last word printed begining
with the letter “c” such as “computer".
3
Press the OK key to display other word options that match the entered character.
Press the
or
key to select the desired word.
4
3
Press the OK or Enter key.
The selected character word will then appear on the text line.
Text Reminder settings can be changed by pressing the Setup key.
Deleting Text Reminder Memory
1
1
Press the Setup key.
2
Press the
key.
or
key to select "Text Reminder", and then press the OK or Enter
3
Press the
key.
or
key to select "Clear Memory", and then press the OK or Enter
4
"Clear All Text Reminder Memory ?" is then displayed.
5
Press the OK or Enter key.
All text options in memory will be deleted.
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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 7 lines can be entered for 24mm tape,5 lines for 18mm tape, 3 lines for 12mm
tape, 2 lines for 9mm and 6 mm tape, and 1 line for 3.5mm tape.
• If you press the Enter key when seven 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 30.
Adding a New Block
To create a new block of text/lines to the right of your current text, press the Enter key
mark will appear at the end of the block and the
while holding down the Shift key. A
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
or
key.
and then press the
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 35.
• The tab space can also be entered by pressing the Space key while holding down the Shift key.
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Entering and Editing Text
„ 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.
1
Press the Clear key.
The Clear options are displayed.
2
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.
3
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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3
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EDITING A LABEL
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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Entering Symbols
You can create your personal category of symbols by using the Symbol Update
Function. The "Personal category" will appear first when selecting the symbols to help
you locate the desired symbols quickly.
1
Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, and
then select "Symbol Update" using the
or
key.
2
Press the OK or Enter key to display the Symbol
Update screen, and then select "On" to create your
personal category by using the
or
key.
3
Press the OK or Enter key to apply the setting.
The screen returns to the text entry screen.
4
Enter the symbol you wish to add to your personal
Category.
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Using Symbol Update Function
Refer to “Entering Symbols Using the Symbol
Function” on page 26 for detail.
5
Press the Symbol key.
The "Personal category" appears, including the
symbol entered in step 4.
1
• Up to 20 symbols can be added to the "Personal category". The oldest symbol will be deleted
from the category when the symbols added to the "Personal category" exceed 20 symbols.
• To stop using the Symbol Update Function, select "Off" in the Symbol Update screen.
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3
4
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zSymbol Listz
Category
Symbols
Personal Category Refer to “Using Symbol Update Function” on page 27 for details.
Punctuation
Business
Mathematics
Brackets
Arrows
Unit
International
Number
Pictograph
Electrical
Audio_Visual
Signs
Communication
Vehicle
Sports
Nature
Others
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.
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Entering Symbols
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.
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Entering Accented Characters
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
Accented Characters
Character
n
N
o
O
r
R
s
S
t
T
u
U
y
Y
z
Z
Accented Characters
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EDITING A LABEL
Setting Character Attributes
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
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
or
key. Next, press
character attribute by using the
the Text key while holding down Shift key to display the
on the screen indicates that you are now
attributes. (
applying the attribute for that specific line only.)
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.
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zSetting Optionsz
Attribute
Value
Result
HEL
(Helsinki)
BRU
(Brussels)
US
(USA)
Font
FLO
(Florida)
BEL
(Belgium)
SGO
(San Diego)
LA
(Los Angeles)
CAL
(Calgary)
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Attribute
Value
Auto
48pt
42pt
36pt
Size
24pt
18pt
12pt
9pt
6pt
x2
x3/2
Width
x1
x2/3
x1/2
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Setting Character Attributes
Result
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
Normal
BLD
(Bold)
OUT
(Outline)
SHD
(Shadow)
SLD
(Solid)
Style
ITL
(Italic)
I+BLD
(Italic Bold)
I+OUT
(Italic Outline)
I+SHD
(Italic Shadow)
1
I+SLD
(Italic Solid)
Line
2
VRT
(Vertical)
3
Off
5
UND
(Underline)
6
4
7
STR
(Strikeout)
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Attribute
Value
Result
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. (Cut Options which may be needed when printing a
label can also be set by using the Label key. Refer to “Tape Cutting Options” on
page 57.)
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 59
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.
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2
3
4
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zFramesz
Attribute
Value
Off
1
2
3
4
5
Frame
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
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Result
Value
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Attribute
Result
13
14
15
16
Frame
17
18
19
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Length
Tab Length
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.
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4
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Using Auto-Format Layouts
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.
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
Select an attribute using the or
a value for that attribute using the
or
key.
key, and then set
or key.
key, and then set
or key.
The "C-Digit" (Check Digit) attribute is only available
for the CODE39, I-2/5 and CODABAR protocols.
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8
Press the OK or Enter key.
The template text entry screen is displayed.
• Caps mode can be used when entering text.
• The “Text Reminder” function (predictive text) is also
enabled when entering text with the Auto-Format
function. Refer to “Entering and Editing Text”
page 23 details on predictive text.
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.
• When using the Auto-Format function the label is cut with a margin on the left and right ends
regardless of the current Tape Cutting Option setting (refer to page 57).
• Cutting is disabled when “Cut Option” is set to Special Tape.
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4
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7
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zTemplatesz
Attribute
Value
Binder Spine 1
Binder Spine 2
Details
(24 mm x 219 mm)
(18 mm x 219 mm)
File Folder Tab
(12 mm x 82 mm)
Divider Tab
(Hanging Folder)
(12 mm x 42 mm)
Asset Tag
(18 mm x 70 mm)
Template Name
Bin Box
(18 mm x 76 mm)
Equipment Label
(24 mm x 58 mm)
Faceplate (VRT)
(12 mm x 70 mm)
Cable Wrap 1
(24 mm x 39 mm)
Cable Wrap 2
(18 mm x 39 mm)
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Value
Details
Address Label 1
(24 mm x 70 mm)
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Attribute
Address Label 2
(18 mm x 70 mm)
Name Badge 1
(24 mm x 72 mm)
Name Badge 2
(18 mm x 72 mm)
Template Name
Name Badge 3
(12 mm x 72 mm)
CD Case Spine 1
(6 mm x 113 mm)
1
2
CD Case Spine 2
(3.5 mm x 113 mm)
3
4
VHS Spine
(18 mm x 140 mm)
5
6
MiniDV Spine
(9 mm x 42 mm)
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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.
• The “Text Reminder” function (predictive text) is also
enabled when entering text with the Auto-Format
function. Refer to “Entering and Editing Text” on
page 23 for details on predictive 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.
• When using the Auto-Format function the label is cut with a margin on the left and right ends
regardless of the current Tape Cutting Option setting (refer to page 57).
• Cutting is disabled when “Cut Option” is set to Special Tape.
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• 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
3 Line
1
2
1+2Line A
Block layout
(24mm tape)
3
4
1+2Line B
5
1+3Line
6
7
1+4Line
8
9
1+5Line
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Attribute
Value
2LineA
2LineB
3Line
1+2LineA
Block layout
(18 mm tape)
1+2LineB
1+3Line
1+4Line
1+5Line
2LineA
2LineB
Block layout
(12 mm tape)
3Line
1+2Line
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Details
Value
Details
2LineA
Block layout
(9 mm tape)
2LineB
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Attribute
1+2Line
Block layout
(6 mm tape)
1+2Line
Using Time & Date Function
You can add time and date to your label by positioning the cursor on the text screen to
the position you wish to add time/date and then pressing the Time key.
Clock Setting
The time and date set in the clock setting can be used for the display on the screen,
and also for using the Time & Date function which you can add time/date to your label
in desired format.
1
Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, select "Set Clock" using the
or
keys, and then press the OK or Enter key.
2
The Set Clock screen is displayed.
Set the year, month, date, hour and minute to the
current figure using the
or
key. To move to the
next parameter, use the or key.
1
2
3
You can also use the Num keys to type in the figure.
3
4
5
Press the OK or Enter key to apply the settings.
6
•
•
•
•
Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
Press the Space key to set the format to default setting.
The clock will activate from when the clock setting is applied.
For the backup of clock setting, when the AC adapter is unplugged, please use AA-size
alkaline batteries.
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Time & Date Format Setting
You can select from various formats of date and time to add to your label.
Also, the indication of time can be selected between analog and digital style.
The format applied in this setting will also be applied for the clock display which appears
on the screen when you press the Display key. (Refer to “Display Mode” on page 21
for detail.)
1
Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, select "Time & Date Format"
using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
2
The Time & Date Format screen is displayed.
Select date or time using the or key, and then set the format using the
key.
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 format to default setting.
• Refer to the Format Options for a list of all available formats.
zTime & Date Format Optionsz
Attribute
Value
31/12/2099
31.12.2099
31-12-2099
31.December 2099
31.Dec.2099
D
(Date)
12/31/2099
12.31.2099
12-31-2099
December 31, 2099
Dec. 31, 2099
2099/12/31
2099-12-31
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Using Time & Date Function
or
Value
T
(Time)
11:59 PM
23:59
The date and time used for the value is a sample setting. When a format is selected, the date and
time set in the clock setting will appear in the selected format style.
z EDITING A LABEL
Attribute
Time Stamp Setting
[Timing]
You can select whether to print the date/time of when you press the Time key or the
date/time of when you press the Print key to add to your label.
1
Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, select "Time Stamp Setting"
using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
2
Select "Timing" using the
using the or key.
3
Press the OK or Enter key to apply the settings.
or
key, and then select the value for the setting
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• Press the Space key to set the format to default setting.
• Refer to the Time Stamp: Timing Options for available settings.
zTime Stamp : Timing Optionsz
Attribute
1
Value
Description
Auto
Press the Time key; a clock icon will be inserted where
the cursor is positioned on the text input screen.
When you press the Print key, the latest date/time will be
printed on the label where the clock icon is positioned on
the label layout.
Fixed
Press the Time key; the current date/time will be inserted
where the cursor is positioned on the text input screen.
When you press the Print key, the date/time will be
printed as shown on the input screen.
Timing
2
3
4
5
6
7
When "Auto" is selected for the Timing setting and a clock icon is added to the text by pressing
the Time key, you can confirm what settings applied for the icon by positioning the cursor under
the clock icon, and then pressing the Time key.
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Using Time & Date Function
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EDITING A LABEL
[Time Stamp Format]
You can select which information to use when adding date and time to your label.
Four options (Date, Time, Date and Time or Time and Date) are available.
1
Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, select "Time Stamp Setting"
using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
2
Select "Format" using the
using the or key.
3
Press the OK or Enter key to apply the settings.
or
key, and then select the value for the setting
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• Press the Space key to set the value to default setting.
• Refer to the Time Stamp: Format Options for available settings.
zTime Stamp : Format Optionsz
Attribute
Value
Date
Format
Date & Time
Time
Time & Date
Description
Date only will be printed on the label.
The date and time will be printed on the label.
Time only will be printed on the label.
The time and date will be printed on the label.
[Forward]
You can select whether to use a forwarded (future) date and time or the current date
and time when using the Time & Date Function.
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1
Press the Setup key to display the Setup menu, select "Time Stamp Setting"
using the
or
key, and then press the OK or Enter key.
2
Select "Forward" using the
or
key, and then to specify the amount of date
and time to increase, select "On" using the or key.
Using Time & Date Function
z EDITING A LABEL
3
Press the OK or Enter key. The Forward screen is
displayed. Set the amount of year, month, week, day,
hour, and minute to increase from the currently set
clock when using the Time & Date function using the
or
key. To move to the next parameter, use the
or key.
You can also use the Num keys to type in the figure.
4
Press the OK or Enter key to apply the settings.
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• Press the Space key to set the format to default setting.
• Refer to the Time Stamp: Forward Options for a list of all available formats.
zTime Stamp : Forward Optionsz
Attribute
Forward
Value
On
Off
Description
The time/date will be increased according to the
value selected in the Forward setting.
Current time/date will be printed.
Creating a Bar Code Label
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.
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2
3
4
5
6
7
8
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EDITING A 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.
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.
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)
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Creating a Bar Code Label
On
(only available for the CODE39, I-2/5
and CODABAR protocols)
z EDITING A LABEL
Entering Bar Code Data
1
Press the Bar Code key.
The Bar Code Input screen is displayed.
• Up to five bar codes can be entered on a label.
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.
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• Refer to the Special Characters List table for a list of all available settings.
zSpecial Character Listz
CODE39
Code
0
1
2
3
4
5
6
Special Character
(SPACE)
CODABAR
Code
0
1
2
3
4
5
1
2
Special Character
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
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EDITING A LABEL
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 51.
• 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 50.
• 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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LABEL PRINTING
Using the Preview function you can check the layout of the label before printing.
1
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
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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 75 for further information about error messages.
Printing Multiple Copies
Using this function you can print up to 99 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.
• Unless set otherwise, the tape is automatically cut after each copy is printed. Refer to “Tape
Cutting Options” on page 57 to change this setting.
• 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
5
6
7
8
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LABEL PRINTING
• Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
• The tape is automatically cut after each copy is printed. Refer to “Tape Cutting Options” on
page 57 to change this setting.
• 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 autonumbering 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.
• Letters and numbers increase as shown below:
0
Î 1
...9 Î 0 Î ...
A Î B
...Z Î A Î ...
a
Î b
...z Î a Î ...
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
4
Press the OK or Enter key. The message “Mirror Print?” is displayed.
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” and “No Cut” 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 "Cut Option" using the
or key.
3
Press the OK or Enter key to apply the settings.
or
z LABEL PRINTING
Tape Cutting Options
key, and then set the value by using the
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.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Tape Cutting Options
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LABEL PRINTING
zTape Cuttingz
Setting
Description
Example
Large
Margin
Automatically cuts the tape after each label is
ABC
ABC
printed, leaving a margin of 24 mm on each
24 mm 24 mm
end.
Small
Margin
Automatically cuts a piece of blank tape
before printing the first label and then cuts the
tape after each label is printed, leaving a 4
mm margin at each end of each label.
Chain
• Automatically cuts a piece of blank tape
before printing the first label and then cuts
the tape after each label is printed, leaving
a 4 mm margin at each end of each label.
• Once the last label is printed, the tape is not
fed and cut.
No Cut
Special
Tape
• Prints a strip of labels with no cuts in
between.
• Pressing the Preview while holding down
Shift key will feed and cut the last label
printed.
• Select this setting when using special tape.
• When using Fabric Iron-On Tapes or Extra
Strength Adhesive Tapes, set "On" for
Manual Cutting before printing. After
printing, remove the tape cassette from the
machine and use scissors to cut the tape.
23 mm
ABC
ABC
4 mm
4 mm
23 mm
ABC
4 mm
ABC
4 mm
ABC ABC
24 mm
8 mm
ABC ABC
24 mm
• When using Fabric Iron-On Tapes or Extra Strength Adhesive Tapes, refer to the above
"Special Tape".
• The tape is not cut after the last label is printed when “Chain” or “No Cut” is set. Hold down
the Shift key and press the Preview key to feed and cut tape automatically, or cut the tape
manually if you are using Fabric Iron-on Tapes or Extra Strength Adhesive Tapes.
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Tape Cutting Options
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.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
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LABEL PRINTING
Printing from the Label Collection
Printing a label from the Label Collection Stored in the Machine
Pages 61 to 63 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 Lists to view all of the available labels.
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.
• Using the P-touch Update Software, additional label categories can be downloaded and new
label designs added to the machine or P-touch Editor.
• Refer to "Downloading a Label Collection / Updating the Software" on page 64 for details on
how to download additional categories of labels.
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Printing from the Label Collection
z LABEL PRINTING
zLabel Collection Listz
Category
Label
Files
(12 mm tape
only)
1
Office Signage
2
(24 mm tape
only)
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
* Labels are for illustrative purposes only.
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LABEL PRINTING
Category
Caution
(24 mm tape
only)
Shipping
(18 mm tape
only)
ECO
(18 mm tape
only)
* Labels are for illustrative purposes only.
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Label
z LABEL PRINTING
Category
Label
Retail
(24 mm tape
only)
Personal
(12 mm tape
only)
* Labels are for illustrative purposes only.
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
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LABEL PRINTING
Downloading a new Label Collection Category
(Windows® only)
Using the P-touch Update Software, additional label collection categories can be
downloaded to your P-touch or downloaded to your PC and printed using P-touch Editor.
Furthermore, the software can be upgraded to the latest version using this tool.
• To use the P-touch Update Software, it is necessary to install it from the CD-ROM
provided.
• Refer to the "Software Installation Guide" for details on how to install the software.
• You must be connected to the internet in order to launch the P-touch Update software.
• Label Collection Designs cannot be edited.
• You may find that the software and the contents in this manual are different.
• Upon installation of the P-touch Update Software, an icon will be installed on your
desktop (or other location of your choosing) for your convenience. To check for New
Label Collection Designs, simply click the icon to launch the software.
Downloading a Label Collection Category to your P-touch
The following is the example for Windows Vista®.
In the following steps, you will see XX-XXXX. Read "XX" as your printer name.
1
Turn the machine on and connect the USB cable.
2
Double-click the [P-touch Update Software] icon.
The following method can also be used to start the P-touch
Update Software.
Click [Start], and then select [All Programs] - [Brother
P-touch] - [P-touch Update Software].
3
64
Click the [Machine update] icon.
Downloading a new Label Collection Category (Windows® only)
Select the [Printer], ensure that [The
machine is connected correctly.] is
displayed, and then click [OK].
5
Select the [Language], select the check box
next to the label collection to be downloaded
and/or software to be updated, and then click
[Transfer].
Click "Click here for details" in the
upper right to open a web page with
details of a specific label collection.
6
Check the content to be updated, and then
click [Start] to begin the update.
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4
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Downloading a new Label Collection Category (Windows® only)
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LABEL PRINTING
7
The screen on the right is displayed on your
computer while the software is being
updated screen.
The screen on the right appears on the
machine's LCD display.
Do not turn off the machine during the
update process.
8
5
Click [OK] to complete the update.
9
6
The display returns to the input screen when the update is complete.
• Newly downloaded label collection categories are added to
the respective "Category".
• An asterisk "*" is displayed at the end of the newly added
category.
• Downloaded label collections can be deleted using the
following procedure.
1. Press the Label Collection key.
2. Press the or key, and then select the language.
3. Press the or key, and then select the category.
4. Press the Clear key.
• If the downloaded label collection was registered in "Favorites", it will also be deleted from
here.
• It is not possible to delete individual labels from each "Category".
• When "Download New Labels" is selected, the prompt "Connect PC, and Run P-touch
Update" is displayed.
.
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Downloading a new Label Collection Category (Windows® only)
The following is the example for Windows Vista®.
In the following steps, you will see XX-XXXX. Read "XX" as your printer name.
1
Double-click [P-touch Update Software].
• The following method can also be used to start the P-touch
Update Software.
• Click the [Start], and then select [All Programs] [Brother P-touch] - [P-touch Update Software].
• If a message is displayed notifying the user that the Editing
Software (P-touch Editor) is the latest version when started,
click [Yes] and then proceed to step 3.
2
Click the [Computer software update] icon.
3
Select the [Printer] and [Language], select
the check box next to the label collection to
be installed and then click [Install].
Click "Click here for details" in the
upper right to open a web page with
details of a specific label collection.
z LABEL PRINTING
Downloading a New Label Collection Category to P-touch Editor /
Updating P-touch Editor Software
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
Downloading a new Label Collection Category (Windows® only)
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4
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The installed label collection will be saved to
the P-touch Editor [Label Collection] tab.
Downloading a new Label Collection Category (Windows® only)
USING THE FILE MEMORY
• 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
z USING THE FILE MEMORY
You can store up to 99 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.
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.
• A maximum of 280 characters can be saved in each file. However, this number may depend
upon the characters or symbols used. Up to 99 files can be saved.
• To store a label created by using the Auto-Format Layouts, refer to “Using Auto-Format
Layouts” on page 38.
Opening a Stored Label File
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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
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key.
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Press the Escape key to return to the previous step.
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USING THE FILE MEMORY
Printing a Stored Label File
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.
• 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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Printing a Stored Label File
MAINTAINING YOUR 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 data to factory settings (Downloaded data 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.
Resetting data to factory settings (Downloaded data is reset.)
Turn off the machine. Press and hold down the Shift and Backspace keys. While holding
down the Shift and Backspace keys, press the Power key once and then release the Shift
and Backspace keys.
z MAINTAINING YOUR P-TOUCH
Resetting the P-touch
• 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.
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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.
2
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.
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MAINTAINING 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
(TZ-CL4).
Print head
• 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.
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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Maintenance
TROUBLESHOOTING
Problem
Solution
The screen ‘locks’, or Refer to “Resetting the P-touch” on page 71 and reset the
the P-touch does not internal memory to the initial settings. If resetting the P-touch
respond normally.
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 22 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).
• Check that the Cut Option setting is not set to Chain or No
Cut, as the tape will not be fed after printing the label.
Alternatively, hold down the Shift key and press the
Preview key to feed and cut the tape.
The ink ribbon is
If the ink ribbon is broken, replace the tape cassette. If not,
separated from the
leave the tape uncut and remove the tape cassette, then
ink roller.
wind the loose ink ribbon onto the spool as shown in the
figure.
z TROUBLESHOOTING
What to do when...
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Spool
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What to do when...
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TROUBLESHOOTING
Problem
The P-touch stops
while printing a label.
The label is not cut
automatically.
Label files saved
previously are now
empty.
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What to do when...
Solution
• 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.
• Check that the Cut Option setting is not set to Chain or No
Cut, as the tape will not be fed after printing the label.
Alternatively, hold down the Shift key and press the
Preview key to feed and cut the tape.
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 following are likely causes.
• The batteries are installed with the negative and positive
ends the wrong way round.
• Other types of batteries are being used with alkaline
batteries.
• Old and new batteries are being used together.
• The batteries are about to run out.
If the power does not turn off automatically, press any key to
clear the error message before turning the unit off.
Check that the correct batteries are being used, and are
installed the right way round.
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!*
z TROUBLESHOOTING
Error Messages
Tape Cassette
Changed!*
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.
The tape cassette was changed while printing, etc. Make
sure the correct tape cassette is inserted before printing.
Line Limit!
Max 7 Lines*
There are already seven lines of text when you press the
Enter key. Limit the number of lines to seven.
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Tape Width
Limit!
Max 5 Lines*
There are more than five lines of text when you press the
Print or Preview key while using 18mm tape. Limit the
number of lines to five, or replace with a larger width tape
cassette.
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.
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No Text!*
Insert Tape
Cassette!*
Tape Width
Limit!
Max 3 Lines*
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* Press any key to clear the error message.
Error Messages
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TROUBLESHOOTING
Message
Tape Width
Limit!
Max 2 Lines*
Tape Width
Limit!
Max 1 Line*
Block Limit!
Max 5 Blocks*
Text Full!*
Length Limit!*
Insert
24mm Tape
Cassette!*
Cause/Remedy
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 3.5mm 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.
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 24mm tape cassette is not installed when an Auto-Format
for 24mm tape is selected. Install an 24mm tape cassette.
Insert
18mm Tape
Cassette!*
An 18 mm tape cassette is not installed when an AutoFormat 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 3.5mm tape cassette is not installed when an AutoFormat for 3.5mm tape is selected. Install an 3.5mm 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.
* Press any key to clear the error message.
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Error Messages
Select Other
Cut Option!*
Text
Too Long!*
Text
Too High!*
Memory Full!*
Check # of
Digits
Entered!*
Input A,B,C or D
At Start&End!*
Maximum Of
5 Bar Codes
Per Label!*
Cause/Remedy
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" cutting option. Select a different cutting
option. option.
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.
z TROUBLESHOOTING
Message
Incorrect
Value!*
There is not enough internal memory available when you try
to save a label file. Delete any unnecessary files to make
more memory available for the new label file.
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.
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.
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The memory available for categories is full.
To make more memory available, delete any unnecessary
registered categories by highlighting the category and
pressing the Clear key.
Installed tape is not Tape that is incompatible with the machine has been
compatible with this installed. Use compatible tape.
machine!*
2
* Press any key to clear the error message.
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Category Full!*
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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
Cut and feed
Memory
Memory buffer size
File storage
Other Features
Input method
Templates
Power Supply
Power supply
Auto Power-off
Size
Dimensions
Weight
Other
Operating
temperature /
humidity
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Specifications
Specification
16 characters x 3 lines (128 dot x 48 dot), Backlit
5 levels (+2, +1, 0, -1, -2)
Thermal Transfer
128 dot / 180 dpi
18mm max. (when using 24mm tape)
Approx. 10 mm / sec.
TZ tape cassette (3.5, 6, 9, 12, 18, 24 mm widths)
24mm tape : 1-7 lines; 18 mm tape : 1 - 5 lines;
12 mm tape : 1 - 3 lines; 9 mm tape : 1 - 2 lines;
6 mm tape : 1 - 2 lines; 3.5mm tape : 1 line
Large Margin, Small Margin, Chain, No Cut, Special Tape
Maximum 2800 characters
Maximum 99 files
Text Reminder
Label Collections, Auto-Format, Block Layouts
AC adapter (AD-24ES/AD-5000ES: For Australia, New
Zealand Only), Eight AA-size alkaline batteries (LR6).
Battery: 5 min.*, AC adapter: 8 hours
*When using P-touch only. When connected to a PC, 1
hour.
Approx.177.0mm (W) x 237.5mm (D) x 70.4mm (H)
Approx.880g (without tape cassette and batteries)
10 ~ 35 °C / 20 ~ 80% humidity (without condensation)
Maximum wet bulb temperature: 27 °C
INDEX
P
AC adapter ....................................... 17
Accented Character List ................... 29
Auto power-off time .......................... 19
Power Supply ....................................16
B
Battery .............................................. 16
Block Layouts ................................... 43
z INDEX
A
R
Return mark ......................................13
S
Caps mode ....................................... 13
contrast ............................................. 21
cursor keys ....................................... 24
size ....................................................30
Special Character List .......................51
Specifications ....................................78
style ...................................................30
Symbol List ........................................28
symbols .............................................26
D
T
deleting
text and formatting ................... 25
text only .................................... 25
tape cassettes ...................................18
tape length ........................................13
Templates .........................................40
text
entering and editing ...................23
lines ...........................................24
Text Reminder ...................................23
Time Stamp
Format Options .........................48
Forward Options ........................49
Timing Options ..........................47
Time & Date Format Options ............46
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W
2
C
E
entering
text ........................................... 23
F
fonts ................................................. 31
formatting
character attributes .................. 30
label attributes .......................... 35
Frames ............................................. 36
K
Keyboard .......................................... 14
L
Label Collection ................................ 60
length ............................................... 35
line .................................................... 30
Line number ..................................... 13
N
new line ............................................ 24
width ..................................................30
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