Hike POS gives users the option to customise barcode labels, as per their size, but for advanced barcode customisation options, we suggest retailers to use Dymo’s Label Software application, that not only gives users a plethora of personalised layouts but is easy and quick to do.
In this article, we’ll run you through the various steps need to operate your Dymo Label Software, and print out labels in accordance to your specifications.
- Export your product inventory to a CSV File
- Downloading & Installing Dymo Label software
- Customise barcode labels using Dymo Label software
- Setting up your product barcode labels
- Printing barcode labels
- Troubleshooting Dymo Label software
Export your product inventory to a CSV file
To customise your barcode labels using the Dymo Label software, you will first to need to export your product information into a CSV file. This will enable you to add the item information to your products, once your customised barcode label has been created.
You can read more about exporting your data into a CSV file here, but in short you would:
1. Select Products from your Hike menu (Products > Products) and click the Export button.
2. Using the search bar, you can individually find the products you want to export by entering all or part of the product’s name. Selecting the Export button once you have the products you wanted, will export only those items.
Alternatively, if you wish to export all your products in Hike POS, simply select Export without any items listed in the search bar.
3. A Product CSV file will then be downloaded to your PC/Mac which you will need to upload later.
Downloading & Installing Dymo Label software
Next, you will need to download and install the software, if you haven’t already.
You can download the software from here, noting that you will be able to select from Windows and MacOS versions, as per your requirements.
Open the downloaded file, upon its completion, and follow the on-screen instructions for installation.
Note: Your PC/Mac may restart during the process, so ensure that you saved it prior to starting the install.
Customise barcode labels using Dymo Label software
Before you can start using the Dymo Label software, you will need to ensure that your Dymo LabelWriter is connected to your device.
Follow our guide on how to connect your Dymo LabelWriter 450/ 450 Turbo if you haven’t already installed the printer.
Now, let’s look at the software’s interface and how you will design your customised barcode labels.
1. Using the Label Types panel on the left-hand side of the screen, you can filter through and select your label size. (Here we have gone with a Medium sized label).
Note: Ensure that your Dymo LabelWriter has the correct label size configured.
2. Upon selecting your desired label size, the application will draw open several unique layout styles from which you can choose from.
Tip: You can use the slider to zoom the label larger, making it easier for you to position things on the label.
3. Next, it’s time to start adding the barcode itself and any text or images you want to apply to your label. To do this, select the Insert tab on the left-hand side panel.
4. Using the Label Objects menu, you can drag and drop the object you want into the label preview layout. (Here we have used a barcode and a text field)
5. When you have the objects placed onto the label preview screen, you can resize and reposition them anywhere you see fit, by clicking on the object and either dragging it borders or moving it around.
You can alternatively delete an object by hitting DELETE on your keyboard or right-clicking your mouse.
6. Once you have customised your barcode label to your specifications, you will need to save it by selecting File from the menu screen, as clicking Save as Layout.
7. Name your label, and then click SAVE.
Setting up your product barcode labels
Following your label layout, you will need to add your store’s inventory details to successfully print your barcode labels.
This will require importing your previously downloaded CSV file which contains the products you wish to print barcodes of.
1. To do this, simply click File from Dymo Label software menu, hover your mouse on Import Data and Print before selecting New.
2. An import Getting Started screen will then appear, click Next.
3. You will then be asked to browse for your exported CSV file. Double-click on the CSV file once you have found it in your File Explorer/Finder.
4. Confirm that the label layout displayed is the one you intend to use. If it is not, then click the Change Layout button and select another. Click Next.
5. The Arrange Data Fields on the Label Layout screen will display your CSV data below the layout and preview screen. Before adding your barcode number and details into your label, make sure that you’ve checked Use first row as fieldnames.
6. From here you will need to start populating the label with your CSV file. To do this you will need to select a label object (left-hand panel) and click on the corresponding column header that you want to fill it in. For example, to insert the barcode number for your products, select the barcode label object and then the barcode header on your CSV data field. The preview screen will update with your barcode number.
7. You can do the same for your text label object – and any other objects you may have placed on your label.
8. If you wish to enter more than one column header on your text label, make sure you hit ENTER before adding the second data field.
Note: You can set fixed values, such as a dollar sign for your column headers, by entering the value before (or after) the header text as it appears on your Label Layout screen.
9. Once you’ve entered all the fields that you wish to use for your barcode label, click NEXT.
Printing barcode labels
You will then be prompted to the Select Data to Print screen where you’ll be able to select the products you wish to print barcode labels for.
Then ensure that your Dymo LabelWriter printer is selected – check the dropdown box next to Print – and click Print.
Troubleshooting Dymo Label software
If you encounter a barcode does not fit error, when printing your labels, you may want to try resizing the barcode to be wider, as it appears on your label.
If this doesn’t work, then you may instead need to adjust the label size itself. There are constraints as to how many numbers can be fitted on a label size, which are as follows:
Small – 8 characters
X-Small – 12 characters
Medium – 22 characters
Large – 40 characters
Note: Using letters in your barcodes, will require more space than numbers. Adjust accordingly.
If you need any extra support in configuring your barcodes with your Dymo Label software on Hike POS, please reach out to our customer support team.