Free barcode font download: A code 39 (3 of 9) font with no restrictions
[Psst: We’ve got a newer barcode font which can be used by a scanner, but is also human readable. Check out our free Archon Code 39 barcode font.]
Free barcode fonts that have no restrictions can be hard to come by. So, when we find one that works well, we want to make sure you know about it so you can put it to good use for your business.
If you’re already well aware of how to use a barcode font, you can download the free barcode font here.
Or, if you would like to know how exactly a barcode font can help your business, read on!
What is a Code 39 (also known as Code 3 of 9) barcode font?
A barcode is just a visual representation of data that can be read quickly by a computer.
That being said, a Code 39 barcode is just a standard format that most barcode scanners can easily read. It was named Code 3 of 9 since, initially, you could only use 39 characters (the alphabet, numbers 0-9, and some special characters such as “$” and “%”).
For most small business purposes, Code 39 barcodes are the simplest and easiest to use when creating an internal barcoding system.
In fact, Code 3 of 9 barcodes are heavily used in the automotive industry, as well as the U.S. Department of Defense.
Why is a barcode font useful?
There are many ways to make barcodes; however, using barcode fonts is probably one of the easiest ways to get started. All you really need to create a barcode using a font is a text editor such as Microsoft Word and a few clicks to install the font.
And, of course, once you can easily create barcodes, you’re on your way to creating an efficient system for tracking and managing your inventory.
How do I use the Code 39 barcode font?
If you’ve ever installed a font before, then you already know how.
After you download the font, you simply double click it and press the install button. Just like this:
Next, in any program that uses fonts, such as Microsoft Word or Excel, you can change your data into a barcode by selecting “Free 3 of 9 Extended” as the font.
For example, if you wanted to change “1321MTLW” into a barcode, you would first write it out with a regular font, highlight it, and then change the font to “Free 3 of 9”. Here’s what it looks like:
It’s also important to note that you must add the “*” character to the beginning and end of your data. This is because scanners look for this character to know where to start and stop reading the barcode.
So, for example, to create a barcode of “1321MTLW,” you would enter “*1321MTLW*” in your word processor. It’s also important to note that the * characters won’t show up when the barcode is scanned. So for example, scanning “*1321MTLW*” as a barcode will simply return “1321MTLW.”
When downloading the zipped file, you’ll actually see two fonts inside:
You can install both; however, the “FRE3OF9X.TTF” font is probably the most useful, since it includes more character options. The “X” in the file name means it’s the “extended” version.
Another good tip for finding the font quickly in the font list after it’s installed is to start typing “Free 3 of 9 Extended” when your font list is selected. This way, you can avoid having to scroll through your font list.
How do I put barcodes on my products?
To make the barcode font more useful and actually get barcodes on your items, you can print them out using sticky label paper. We’ve found the Avery series of label stickers is affordable and easy to set up. They have many options for both laser and inkjet printers.
Simply use the template provided by the manufacture (typically in Microsoft Word) and format your labels accordingly.
Now, all you have to to do is peel and stick the barcodes to your products!
How do barcode fonts fit in the big picture?
Using barcode fonts is just one step in a series to start tracking and managing your inventory more efficiently. Below are all the steps you need to get an inventory tracking system started:
- Assign your items a product code.
- Turn product codes into barcodes by using the Code 39 barcode font.
- Print those barcodes using labels or a special barcode printer.
- Use inventory software so your computer can use barcodes to manage your inventory.
Check out our free e-book, too!
If you’re looking for more detailed information on how to get a complete barcoding system working for your business, you should download “Barcode Your Small Business“. It’s a free PDF book written with you in mind — the small business owner who wants to learn barcoding quickly and efficiently without being bogged down by technical jargon. It will walk you through all the steps above and more. Plus, it’s a short read and straight to the point.
Looking for inventory software that’s barcode friendly?
Our free barcode font is great for helping you create labels quickly and easily, but you’ll want to use those labels with inventory software that can read them. That’s where inFlow Cloud comes in.
We’ve designed inFlow with barcodes in mind, so you can scan them straight into purchase or sales orders to speed things up. inFlow Cloud also integrate with DYMO printers, so you can quickly print labels for all your current stock, or newly received stock.