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Extracting .zip Files in Windows
  1. Save the .zip file somewhere familiar on your hard drive.
  2. Locate and right click on the .zip file, then select "Extract All."
  3. Click "Next" on the extraction wizard and then choose the location where you would like to extract the files. Most choose to extract .zip files into the Program Files folder on the C: drive.
  4. Choose the option "Make a new folder" and give it a name that will make sense when trying to locate it in the future.
  5. Click "OK." The directory should now point to the location that you specified in the previous step.
  6. Click "Next" to begin extracting the .zip file. Be sure that the "Show Extracted Files" option is checked.
  7. When the .zip file extraction is complete, click "Finish."
  8. The folder that was created will open with all extracted files visible. There should be a file called "install.exe" which you can double-click to begin installing the software in the .zip file.
Installing Bar Code Fonts in Windows
True Type fonts (.ttf) are generally used in Windows and OS/2 operating systems, although the Truetype font format may be used if the O/S vendor provides information regarding the standard Windows TrueType fonts. To install TrueType fonts in Windows:
  1. Go to the Control Panel on your computer by clicking Start, Select, then clicking on the Control Panel.
  2. Click the "Fonts" icon, and then click on File in the main tool bar. Select "Install New Font."
  3. Select the folder where the fonts you would like to install are located.
  4. Select the fonts you would like to install, making sure they are titled TrueType. Click OK.

The installed fonts should become active in your system after the computer is restarted.

While True Type fonts should always be used if possible, as the PostScript font versions should only be installed when necessary. Please read below for instructions on how to install PostScript fonts in Windows 2000:

  1. Go to the Control Panel on your computer by clicking Start, Select, then clicking on the Control Panel.
  2. Click the "Fonts" icon, and then click on File in the main tool bar. Select "Install New Font."
  3. Select the folder where the fonts you would like to install are located.
  4. When the fonts become available, select the (Type 1) font and click OK.

After installing, PostScript fonts should become active and available for use in your application without the need to restart your system.

OpenType and TrueDoc font formats should be used if there is a need to embed bar code fonts into HTML web pages for display on web browsers that run from many different operating systems. This new font format technology makes it possible for webmasters to implement web-based applications that integrate bar code technology. Embedding bar code fonts on your web pages means there is no need for those fonts to be installed on the machine that will be displaying them.

Please visit to read more about how embeddable bar code fonts work.

Installing Bar Code Fonts in Macintosh
Windows True Type fonts are compatible with the new Macintosh OSX Operating System, and should be used whenever possible. Once the .zip format distribution file is copied to a folder on the Mac computer, it should be expanded (decompressed) before you are able to see the font files in the package. To install TrueType fonts in Macintosh:
  1. Drag the .zip file into the icon of your Expander utility. If the Macintosh system the fonts are being installed on does not have an expander utility currently installed, we recommend Stuffit Expander.
  2. After dragging the .zip file into the expander icon, the fonts will be extracted into a subfolder. Open the subfolder to view the True Type .ttf files.
  3. If there is a Readme file present in the subfolder, be sure to read that before proceeding further.
  4. Copy and paste the .ttf font files into your Library/Fonts folder.
  5. The fonts will be activated once the application is restarted, although some applications may require a complete restart before the fonts can be used.

The True Type fonts should now be active in the application where you wish to use them. Select the font in that application to begin.

If the fonts will be installed on a Macintosh operating system prior to OSX, please read these Macintosh Bar Code Font Installation Procedures.

Installing Bar Code Fonts in UNIX & LINUX
In both Linux and UNIX Operating Systems, each application can use fonts in different ways. There are various font installation examples for Linux & UNIX available at IDAutomation, provided by clients who have had the need to install fonts on these open source operating systems. If these examples are not sufficient, it is recommended to contact the operating system or application vendor for specific procedures for installing fonts.
Bar Code Font Installation & Troubleshooting
While installing fonts in any Operating System a generally a smooth process, issues can and have been known to arise. Printed bar code fonts may not scan accurately for any number of reasons, or the font may not appear in your application altogether. The good news is that if you are experiencing any font installation issues, you are probably not the first one to go through it. For a comprehensive list of issues and fixes related to installing fonts, visit the Bar Code Font and Solutions page by IDAutomation.

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