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How do I create Barcodes using Universal Fonts in InDesign using Excel?

How to use the Universal Fonts to create barcodes for InDesign on PC and Mac?

Operating System: Windows and Mac

Application: Excel and InDesign

11-05-14     1322 day(s) ago     Views: 1894

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The example explains how to generate barcodes using Universal Fonts in InDesign using Excel as a Data Source. The example uses Excel 2013 for Windows. This solution is also compatible with Mac(Excel 2004 or 2011). Because Excel for Mac 2008 does not include VBA functionality, it is not an option. Consider using the AppleScript solution with the fonts.

The Universal Font Package contains a collection of fonts named IDAutomation Uni that, when used with a font encoder, can create several barcode types including Code 128 (Auto, A, B, and C), Interleaved 2 of 5, and Code 39.


1. Purchase, Download, and install the Universal Font Package.

2. Set up the Universal VBA Font Encoder for Excel (included with the Universal Font Package). The file is named IDAutomation_UniversalFont_VBA.bas


3. Encode data for Universal Barcodes using the formulas for the barcode type to create. The example uses Code 128 =IDAutomation_Uni_C128 and surround the cell with parentheses. NOTE: When using Mac, enter the formula in lower case such as =idautomation_uni_c128.
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This is the encoded data:
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4. Save the file as a CSV.
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5. Run InDesign and open the document.
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6. Left-click the TypeTool icon.
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7. To place the text object on the document, left-click anywhere on the document.
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8. Select Windows - Utilities - DataMerge.
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9. Select the Data Merge tab and the icon to the right of Scripts.
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10. Choose Select Data Source, then navigate and load the CSV file.


11. Select the Text field and then select the encoded data field. Continue for additional fields.
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12. Highlight the encoded field.
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13. Apply the IDAutomation Uni M font. If demo, apply the IDAutomation SUni M font.
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BARCODE:
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