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Printing Code 128 Barcode In Microsoft Access

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I need to print a 14 digit number as a Code 128 barcode in an Access report. I have the barcode font installed, but the printed result will not scan. I see that I need either escape character, start/stop characters, or check digit to make the barcodes scannable.
Is there an easy way to do this thru code on the report itself. Field name is [Release] and sample data is 98591005202074.
Thank you
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Question by:chantalcookware
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by:Shanmuga Sundaram
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try using this tool and ensure that the barcode reader is able to read the generatedbarcode
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by:shaydie
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Try adding an asterisk before and after the number
set the control source to
= "*" & [Release] & "*"
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Adding the asterisks did not help. I am using the Code128 font. The website with the tool to create the barcodes requires licensing. I would prefer not to license an add-on just for this purpose.
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by:shaydie
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why not use a different barcode font then?
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by:chantalcookware
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128 Barcode is required.
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Ah, I see.. Do you know what character if not asterisks you need to use?
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I tried the 3 of 9 font with the asterisks and that did not work. I am not sure what is missing, but it will not scan.
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You may want to use a Barcode ActiveX Control. It creates an image of the barcode and does not require you to use an encoder to calculate a check digit or start/stop characters as this is done directly from the control: http://www.idautomation.com/activex/

Here is a video tutorial on how to use it:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqilN91n0ao

It works for Access 97 and up.

It is a much easier implementation.
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It looks like you are going to need to purchase something like the ActiveX control tncode mentioned, which would probably be much easier, or use some code to generate the characters like in the example here:

http://www.idautomation.com/fonts/tools/barcodeapp/module1.txt
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