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How To Make QR Code Labels & Stickers

Posted: March 15th, 2014 | Author: | Filed under: General | No Comments »

Make QR Code Labels & StickersHere’s some step-by-step instructions on using a label template in MS Word 2010 to create QR code sticker labels from a pre-made set of QR codes using the mail-merge function. We’ve used the Avery 22805 label template (1.5″ x 1.5″ 24 per sheet) but you can use any digital label template you want.

These instructions assume you’ve already created your QR code images and have saved them locally on your computer. The end result will be a sheet of labels with each one containing a different QR code.

Create A Data Source

The mail-merge process intially requires a “data source” which should be prepared first. The data source contains the path location on your computer for each of the indivdual QR codes images that will be displayed in each of the labels (24 in our case since we are creating 24 different stickers on a single sheet of labels). The simplest way is to create an MS Excel spreadsheet contining the image file paths for each QR code in column 1. This column also needs to have a field label in row 1 which will be used as a reference in the mail-merge process later on. We used the label “qrcodes”.

Set up your Excel mail-merge data source file

Create and save this spreadsheet for later use.

TIP: MS Word can be a bit fussy about file paths so it’s best not to have any spaces in name of the folder your QR codes are saved in, or in the names of the QR code images themselves. Any weird characters in the folder name or image names should be avoided as well – just stick to a-z and 0-9

Open Your Label Template

Either open your digital template in MS Word (we downloaded our Avery 22805 label template from the Avery website) or use one of the templates pre-loaded into MS Word.

  1. Select the “Mailings” command ribbon
  2. Select “Start Mail Merge” and then “Labels”. Choose the template you require and press OK, or if you have already opened your own downloaded digital template just press Cancel (don’t know why this step has to be done when using your own template, but it won’t work if you don’t)

Open your label template

Choose your label template

The Mail-Merge Process

  1. Click on “Select Recipients” in the toolbar ribbon and then “Use Existing List” and navigate to the Excel data source file created above.

Open your Excel data source file

A dialog box will then appear –  ensure that both “Sheet1” and “First row of data contains column headers” are both selected and press OK.

Open your Excel data source file

  1. Position the cursor in the first label cell:
    1. Press CTRL + F9 to open the curly brackets, type INCLUDEPICTURE and then a space.
    2. Press CTRL + F9 again, type IF TRUE and then a space.
    3. Press CTRL + F9 again, type MERGEFIELD and then the name of the field identifier you used in your Excel spreadsheet created above. We used “qrcodes” so we type that.
    4. Cursor across to the just before the last nested curly bracket and type \d.

After completing these steps you should have ended up with the following in the first cell:

{INCLUDEPICTURE {IF TRUE {MERGEFIELD qrcodes}} \d}

TIP:The scripting shown above won’t work if you just copy and paste it in. You will need to do the whole CTRL + F9 thing as outlined in the steps shown above.

NOTE: You can also include other columns of information in your data source (such as a text label associated with each QR code), and the scripting could be extended at this stage of the process to include another MERGEFIELD parameter that pulls that data into the label as well.

  1. Click on “Update Labels” which will populate all label cells with the mail-merge scripting. Each script is set up to pull consecutive images from your Excel data source file. eg; first listed QR code into the first cell, second QR code into second cell, third QR code into third cell, and so on.
  1. Click on “Finish & Merge” and select “Edit Individual Documents”.  Select Merge “All” Records and click OK. This will run the script in each label cell and replace the actual script with the QR code image referenced in it.

Merge your data source with label template

A new document will be opened showing each of the individual QR codes in their own label cell.

The finished label template populated with the images from your data source

TIP:If you can still see the script text in each cell of the label template, rather than the actual QR code image, the press ALT+F9 to switch from Text View to Image View.

Save and print. Done!


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