Change Power On and Printhead Closure Automatic Actions

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


Resolution / Answer

If your printer is equipped with a display, this action can be easily performed by navigating to the Tools menu > Power up action and Tools Menu > Head close action. Otherwise, you can follow these steps:

NOTE Download and install Zebra Setup Utilities (ZSU) for Windows.  


  1. Run the ZSU application and select the related printer from the list.
  2. Click the Open Communication With Printer button.

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


x is the action the printer performs at the power on, 
y is the action the printer performs when the printhead (for industrial printers) or the printer lid (for desktop and mobile printers) is manually closed (e.g. when the ribbon or the label roll is changed).
x and y parameters can have the following values:

  • F = feed to the first web after the 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).


  1. Click Send To Printer and manually reboot the printer.

    Based on the example above, using the options set to N,N, the printer will be configured to not perform any action at start-up and when the printhead or the lid is open and then closed, while ^JUS is the command to save the changes performed.

+ 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