Label Rotation and Orientation for ZPL based Desktop and Tabletop Printers

Article ID: 80411366

Issue / Question

What is the rotation of an image or fields on a label printed on a Zebra Printer?

Applicable To


Applications using the Zebra Driver

Resolution / Answer

  • If your application is printing through a Windows Printer Driver, change the orientation in the application because the application overrides the ZebraDesigner Driver settings.
  • If you are writing your own ZPL:
    • To invert the entire label 180 degrees, refer to the ^PO command in the ZPL Manual.
    • Text and barcode orientation can be changed according to preference and the choices are:
      • Normal
      • Rotated 90 degrees (clockwise)
      • Inverted 180 degrees
      • Read from bottom up, 270 degrees
      • For the specific text or barcode command, refer to the ZPL Manual.
    • The ^FW command can be used to set the default orientation for all command fields. Refer to the ZPL Manual for more information about the command.
    • Zebra also offers a WYSIWYG label design application that can be used to create the label format as desired called ZebraDesigner.
    • If you are using a 3rd party label design application, make sure to use the printer driver that is recommended by the vendors. Contact their support with any questions related to using their application.

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