Using the Dymo Label software

After you've created barcodes with the Retail Barcode Labels app, you can export them to the Dymo Label software to produce fully-customized barcode labels.

If you're not concerned about advanced customization of your barcode labels, use the Retail Barcode Labels app to design and print a label design.

The style of barcode we support is Code 128 Auto, which is selected in the Dymo Label software during the customizations.

Make sure that you've created barcodes for your products before trying to print barcode labels with the Dymo Label software.

Barcode printing overview

Install the Dymo Label software

Export your product information to a CSV file

If you export up to one page of products (up to 50 products), then the CSV file is downloaded by your browser. If you export more than one page of products (51 or more products), then the CSV file is emailed to you. If you aren't the store owner, then the file is sent to the store owner's email as well.

Steps:

  1. From your Shopify admin, go to Products > All products.
  1. Click Export.

  2. From the the Export products to CSV file dialog box, choose the products you want to export:

  3. Select which type of CSV file you want to export:

    • CSV file for Excel, Numbers, or another spreadsheet program. Use this format if you plan to use a spreadsheet program to edit your product CSV file.
    • Plain CSV file. Use this format if you plan to use a plain-text editor with your product CSV file.
  4. Click Export products.

Use the Dymo Label software to customize your barcode labels

You can use the Dymo Label software to design customized layouts for your barcode labels.

Steps:

  1. Open the Dymo Label software, then click the label size you need.

  2. Click the Select layout button to select a starting layout.

  3. For this example, click the blank layout.

  4. Click Insert to view the label objects and clip art that you can add to your layout.

    For this example, we'll design a label with two label objects:

    • a barcode
    • a text field.
  5. Under Label Objects, find the Barcode object, and then click and drag it onto your label preview.

  6. When you have positioned the barcode object, right click it and select Properties from the drop-down menu.

  7. In the Object settings section, select Code 128 Auto from the Symbology drop-down menu and then click Ok.

  8. Under Label Objects, find the Text label object, and then click and drag it onto your label preview.

  9. When you have all the objects you need on your label, you can refine the layout in a few ways:

    Options for layout
    Reposition objects Click the object and drag its border.
    Resize objects Click the object and drag one of the small boxes around the border.
    Delete objects Click the object and press delete on your keyboard.
  10. When you've finished making your label layout, go to the File menu and click Save as Layout.

  11. Give your layout a name, and then click Save.

After you've customized and saved your label layout, you can select which information to add to the label objects from the CSV file you exported from Shopify. When you've added your products' information to the label layout, you are ready to print your barcode labels.

Steps:

  1. From the File menu in the Dymo Label software, hover over Import data and print, and then click New.

  2. When the Getting Started dialog appears, click Next.

  3. Click Browse to choose the CSV file that was exported from Shopify.

  4. Find and double-click the CSV file name (for example, ProductLabels.csv).

  5. Make sure that the label preview shows the layout you designed with the barcode and text label objects. If you want to use a different layout, then click Change layout... to browse the preset and saved layouts, and double-click the one you want to use.

  6. Click Next. You'll see the CSV data appear in the Date fields section below the layout and preview windows.

  7. Check the Use first row as field names checkbox.

  8. Click a text field in your label layout, then click a column header in the Data fields section to populate the text field. For example, click the barcode label object in your label layout, then click the barcode column heading in your CSV data fields.

  9. Repeat as necessary for your other label objects. You can see a preview of your work in the Preview window.

  10. When you've assigned field names to all your label objects, click Next.

  11. Use the checkboxes to select which products you want to print barcode labels for.

  12. Make sure the DYMO LabelWriter printer is selected, then click Print.

Update the Dymo Label software

The Retail Barcode Printer app works only with the Dymo Label software version 8.7.2 and up.

To update the Dymo Label software:

Troubleshooting the Dymo Label software

If you're having trouble printing barcode labels with the Dymo Label software, then try these steps after troubleshooting your printer setup:

If you're still having trouble after troubleshooting the Dymo Label software, then contact Shopify Support.

Try to increase width error

If you get a Try to increase width error, then the barcode is too big for the label. You can resize the barcode object on your layout to make the barcode object wider on the label.

If you have made the barcode object as wide as possible and you still see the Try to increase width error, then you need to use a larger label size.

The maximum number of numbers that will fit on a barcode label varies as follows:

  • Large: 40 characters
  • Medium: 22 characters
  • Small: 8 characters
  • X-Small: 12 characters.

If you use letters or symbols in your barcodes, they will take up more space on the label than numbers.

Can't scan custom barcode labels

If you can't scan the custom barcode labels that you printed with the Dymo Label software, then check that you selected the barcode column in the CSV file when you printed your customized labels.

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