Display/print bar code in Access report

Posted on 2002-06-05
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Last Modified: 2008-03-06
How do I display/print a bar code in an Access report?  I went to support.microsoft.com and looked at an article that I thought would help (Q271488) but it didn't complete solve the problem.  It said I should use the barcode font, but I don't know what a barcode font is or where to get one.  Please help me with the steps to display barcodes in forms/reports; what barcode fonts are; where to obtain barcode fonts.


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I've found that the easiest way to implement bar codes is to use a barcode ActiveX control.  I purchased a very good one from IDAutomation (http://www.idautomation.com) for $199.  There are others as well; just do search in Google and you'll find several.  These controls usually include a barcode font or they will create the barcode as an image that is displayed in a report.

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by:Ryan Chong
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or here is an alternative. Buy a barcode printer, which you can connect it to your machine's port. Then use MSComm Control to send the output to the Barcode Printer to printer the barcode label.

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Does the IDAutomation font work on Novell 3.12?  Can I have prefixes that are only in the bar code and not in the human readable text (for example, the bar code would read "SI00021987" and the human-readable text would read "0021987".


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mgrattan earned 400 total points
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It's an ActiveX component that installs on your computer; I'm using it in Access 2000 running on a Windows 2000 server but other users are using it in an Access database that is run from a Novell 5 network.  I don't think there would be a problem running it on a Novell 3 network.

You should check the FAQ or tech support area on idautomation.com to answer the other part of your question; I don't have the answer off the top of my head and won't be able to check until I have time at work during the week.


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Thank you, Mike - I thought barcoding would turn out to be difficult, but it seems pretty easy.  I contacted ID Automation and they are very helpful.

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Great!  Glad to be of assistance.


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