The Zebra driver as well as the ZPL programming language allow for adjustments to the top position of your printed label objects as well as the left position. The top position can be used to move all objects up or down on the label and the left position can be used to move objects left and right. When using the left position it is important to note that label objects will stop at the "0" position meaning that they can't move any farther left than what the printer thinks is the left edge of the label, see example below:.
As you can see, the print stops at the "0" point while the other text continues to be moved causing an overlap of printing. If you enter a positive value into the left position the label objects will move towards the left side of the label if looking at it as it feeds from the printer.
If you enter a negative value the objects will move away from the left side of the label. There is no minimum or maximum value that can be used. For example, if you enter a value of The top position can cause print to fall over two label or print across a gap in two labels if improperly set, see below:. When using the top position, calibration can be affected. If the top position set pushes the contents outside of the calibrated label length you may see two labels be printed or fed out as the printer attempts to compensate.
Unlike left position, you only have a range of Again, because of the potentially larger problems that these adjustments can cause, it is recommended to use for only minor adjustments. Any major adjustments should be made via the application you print from. Using the ZDesigner Driver for your printer: You will need to first access your printer's properties. Once in the Printer Properties, you should see the "Preferences" button at the bottom of the "General" tab within the properties.
Click this button to open the preferences and then click on the "Advanced Setup" tab. Within this tab you can adjust the Top position, Tear off position, and Left position. This adjustment can be made via the driver or the application if using the printer driver. Note : Tear off is also an option in this section. A positive value in this parameter will cause the label to feed out past the tear off point and a negative value will stop the feed after printing before the tear off point.
If you are using direct ZPL programming language to generate print jobs you will have to include the proper command in order to set a left position or top adjustment.
Below are the commands:. Some printers with an LCD display also have the option to have these values set via the front panel. Accept and Continue. Login Register. My Zebra Register Logout.
Zebra Blog. Note : This example is from a ZPL driver.Whenever my dad prints anything, the print font is extremely large even though the document is normal sized.
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Simply ask a new question if you would like to start the discussion again. All forum topics Previous Topic Next Topic. New member. Message 1 of 4. HP Recommended.Quick links. Label prints too large [Solved] Issues related to label design working with databases, data processing, RFID encoding etc. When I print things, the printer is all set up to do 3x2 inch labels. However they don't print correctly at this size, they are an inch or so too large on both axis. The old software used the same label designs with the same dimensions and they worked fine on the ZM I have both the printer and label settings at 3 inches by 2 inches.
I shall try and change the orientation, though from the current printouts I have it doesn't look like that will help.
I'm assuming there's some kind of calibration setting I'm missing. Just to be extra clear, the printer is a Zebra ZM dpi installed on a network share but accessed only by this PC there are two printers in use so one is direct parallel port, the ZM is ethernet. So, it turns out the printer was actually installed badly on the old PC with the old software and it's just lucky that it worked fine. I was using the information from the old system in order to configure the new, however it turns out that the printer is actually only dpi, not dpi, which was causing the scaling error.
So, lesson learned, don't trust the people that installed old drivers and always make sure to install printers correctly by looking at the device information on the back.I have attached an example VI that I am working with but I am not sure if I am on the right track or not.
My font size needs to be increased or descreased depending on the DPI selection as well. How exactly are you trying to print to the printer? The code you posted is only changing the font size for the string control. You could define the label using ZPL commands and make any necessary adjustments to that for the specific printer you are using.
Thank you for the quick response. Let me try to be a little bit more clear on what I am trying to do.
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I would like to have the user view the string indicator with label contents in it that should exectly represent how the actual label is going to look like. So if neccessary user can make necessary adjustment before the ZPL code gets send to the printer. This way any misprints can be saved. Besides the problem that I am dealing with I do have one more question: When I send my ZPL commands through the LPT port to two different printers how do printers know how to adjust the font size properly?
This is more like a side question. If you are using any barcodes, graphics, or any rotations this will be difficult to display. As for how the printers determine font size the answer is that they don't. Everything is defined in the ZPL commands. The ZPL specifies the font to use, the size for it and the position it will appear on the rendered label.
What type of label do you want to print? What are you trying to adjust based on the printer resolution? Ok, I do realize that it would be very difficult to create a ZPL emulator for barcodes,graphics or any rotations that is why I am not doing it for these types of lebels. I am dealing specificlly with chip lebels. These lebels have three rows of information. Company Name. I already gave actual sizes of my two chip lebels in my first post.
So any shifts of my multi line text will automaticlly shift the ZPL commands for coordinates and when I print the lebel it should have the same output like the one I am seen in my string indicator.
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This may appear to be too large or too small depending on the original printer being compared. Many Zebra printer models support multiple printhead resolutions as an optional selection when purchasing the printer.
Sending the same label format to printers with different resolutions will result in variation of the size of the image. Verify the printhead resolution is the same on both printers by comparing a printer setup label Configuration Label. Note the line that states the Resolution value. These should be the same on both printers. If you are printing from two different driver or software applications verify that you have selected the correct resolution for the printer model you are using.
Some Zebra Printers offer multiple resolutions when purchasing the product and your settings must match the actual printer being used. Accept and Continue. Login Register. My Zebra Register Logout. Zebra Blog. Symptom Two printers receiving label requests from the same source and are printing different size images or text.
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Text, bar codes, images and other label objects are printing in the incorrect location on the label. This can be too high on the label, too low on the label, too far right or too far left.
This is a general knowledge document that contains information that may or may not apply to your specific application.
Important note: Regardless of the image orientation on the label references to top, bottom, left or right are as shown in this picture. Label objects are positioned on the label using ZPL language coordinates and image fields. The 0 x and 0 y position is in the upper left hand corner of the label as noted above unless the orientation is inverted. In addition, before making adjustments or setting changes assure you printer has been properly calibrated for the labels being used.
There should be consistent label to label positioning before making adjustments. We will try to show examples of image positioning problems and suggested resolution using the following printing methods. This will require you to access the printing preferences of your driver to adjust settings. If label settings are held within your application, make sure to replicate the settings there. ZPL will override any applied printer settings.
Make sure to remove ZPL configuration commands such as darkness, print width, etc. If using printer settings make sure that no driver or application settings are overriding your applied parameters. You may need to adjust settings in multiple areas.
For instance, you may need to adjust your driver settings to contain the proper label sizing as well as correct the print width on the printer it may have been affected by the incorrect driver setting. If the recommended steps above do not correct the issue you can attempt defaulting the printer back to factory settings to see if the issue is resolved.
Keep in mind that doing this may require you to re-apply any customized printer configuration that had been done. Calibration may also need to be run on the printer.
Make sure that the proper label width and height are being set for the label being used.