Adjusting Left Position and Top Position on Zebra Barcode Printers

Article ID: 48966373

Issue / Question

How do I adjust the left position and top position of a barcode printer to compensate for the incorrectly printed text on the label?

Applicable To

All ZPL Zebra Barcode Printers except the 2824 Series, 2844 Series, S4M (E53 Firmware Version), 888 DD/TT Series, MZ Series, ZQ110, EM220, and EM220II.

Resolution / Answer

It is recommended to correct the issue of label objects printed on the incorrect location of a label within the software or application rather than adjusting the left position and top position of a barcode printer. 
However, you may use these two options below for minor adjustments.  

You can use the Zebra driver or ZPL programming language to adjust the left position and top position of your printed label objects.

Top position: Used to move all objects up or down on the label.
Left position: Used to move all objects to the left and to the right.  

When adjusting the left position, it is important to note that label objects will stop at the '0' position meaning that they can't move any further to the left than the left edge of the label set by the printer. 

Refer to the example below: 

Initial Label before Adjustments:



Left Position Set at +1.0" or -1.0":



The print stops at the '0' point while the other text continues to move causing an overlap of printing.  

  • If you enter a positive value for the left position, the label objects will move towards the left side of the label (if you’re looking at it as it feeds from the printer). 
  • If you enter a negative value for the left position, the label objects will move away from the left side of the label.  


There is no minimum nor maximum value that can be used. For example, if you enter a value of -4.0" on a 4" wide label, the objects will be pushed 4" from the left-hand side of the label causing all the label objects to print outside of the label dimensions.

The top position may cause the print to fall over the two labels or print across a gap in the two labels if improperly set. Refer to the example below: 



When adjusting 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 print or feed out as the printer attempts to compensate for the incorrectly printed text on the label. Unlike using the left position, you only have a range between -0.39" to +0.39".
  
Due to the potentially larger problems that these adjustments can cause, it is recommended to use this method for minor adjustments only. Any major adjustments should be made via the application you print from.


Using the ZDesigner Driver for your printer
 

  1. Navigate to your printer's properties
  2. Under the General tab, select the Preferences button.
  3. Click the Advanced Setup tab.
  4. You can adjust the Top, Tear Off, and Left Position as required.

 

See an example using a ZPL driver V5:



See an example using a V8 driver:


This adjustment can be made via the driver or the application if you are using the printer driver.
 

NOTE Tear off is an option in this section. A positive value in this parameter will cause the label to feed out past the tear off point while a negative value will stop the feed after printing before the tear off point.



Adjusting Settings via ZPL

If you are using direct ZPL programming language to generate print jobs, you will have to include the proper command to set the left or top position. Below are the commands:

Label Shift ^LS (Left Position):



Label Top ^LT (Top Position):


Some printers with an LCD have the option to have these values above set via the front panel. However, if the driver is set differently or the ZPL sent to the printer has a different value, the front panel or printer settings will be overwritten resulting in the print job utilizing the driver or ZPL settings. 



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