Change Automatic Actions During Power On or Printhead Close

Article ID: 11945146

Issue / Question

How can I change the automatic actions of the printer at the power on and when the printhead is closed?

Applicable To

Print Engine Printers
Tabletop Barcode Printers
Desktop Barcode Printers

Resolution / Answer

Download and install Zebra setup utilities for Windows from here.

Run the application, select the printer from the list and click on "Open communication with printer"


In the window that pop-up, copy and paste the following commands:

^XA
^MFx,y
^JUS
^XZ


x is the action the printer performs at the power on, y is the action the printer performs when the printhead is opened and closed (for ex. when the ribbon or the label roll is changed).

The values that x and y can have are the following:

  • F = feed to the first web after sensor
  • C = force a label length measurement and adjust the media and ribbon sensor values
  • L = set the label length
  • N = no media feed
  • S = short calibration (only supported on Xi, ZM and ZT series).


When the command will be pasted in the window, click on the button "Send to printer" and manually reboot the printer.
In the example below, using the N,N option, the printer will be configured to not perform any action at the start up and when the printhead is open and then closed.

+ Applicable Products

  • 105SLPlus Industrial Printers
  • 110PAX Print Engines (disc.)
  • 110Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 140Xi4
  • 140Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 170PAX4
  • 170Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 220Xi4 Industrial Printer
  • 2824-Z Series
  • GC420d Desktop Printer
  • GC420t Desktop Printer
  • GK420d Desktop Printer
  • GK420d Healthcare Desktop Printer
  • GK420e
  • GK420t Desktop Printer
  • GK420t Healthcare Desktop Printer
  • GK888d
  • GK888t
  • GT800 Desktop Printer
  • GX420Rx Desktop Printer
  • GX420d Desktop Printer
  • GX420t Desktop Printer
  • GX430d Desktop Printer
  • GX430t Desktop Printer
  • HC100 Wristband Printer
  • LP 2824 Plus Desktop Printer
  • S4M
  • TLP 2824Plus Desktop Printer
  • ZD120
  • ZD410-HC
  • ZD410D
  • ZD420-D-T
  • ZD420-D-T-HC
  • ZD420-HC
  • ZD420C
  • ZD420D
  • ZD420D-HC
  • ZD420T
  • ZD420T-HC
  • ZD500 Desktop Printer
  • ZD510-HC Wristband Printer
  • ZD600-HC
  • ZD620-D-T
  • ZD620-D-T-HC
  • ZD620D
  • ZD620D-HC
  • ZD620T
  • ZD620T-HC
  • ZE500 Print Engines
  • ZM400
  • ZM600
  • ZP888
  • ZT210 Industrial Printer
  • ZT220 Industrial Printer
  • ZT230 Industrial Printer
  • ZT410 Industrial Printer
  • ZT420 Industrial Printer
  • ZT510 Industrial Printer
  • ZT610 Industrial Printer
  • ZT620 Industrial Printer
  • zp450 Desktop Printer