Setting the Format Prefix on ZPL printers without LCD Displays

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Topic or Information

Setting the ZPL Language format prefix on printers that do not have an LCD Display.

Applies To

Desktop Printers that support ZPL

Excludes the 2824 Series, 2844 Series EPL Desktop Printers


The Command Prefix is required when using ZPL to allow the printer to identify commands. The default Format Prefix is "^" caret and the default Command Prefix is "~" Tilde. These defaults are typically used in applications but may need to be changed when in specific environments such as when used with an IBM host such as an AS400. If it needs to be altered you can use these instructions for modifying these commands.

The ~CC ZPL command can be sent to the printer to change the format prefix Read More>>

Defaulting the printer will set the format prefix the the factory default setting of 5EH Read More>>

Helpful Information

Zebra offers a Setup Utility or use of the ZebraDesigner Driver for communicating commands and files to the printer. 

Using the ZebraDesigner Driver Read More>>

Using the Zebra Setup Utility Read More>>

ZPL Programming Manual Read More>>


+ Product Codes

  • 2824 Plus Series
  • 2824-Z Series
  • Desktop Printers
  • G-Series GC Desktop Printers
  • G-Series GK Desktop Printers
  • G-Series GX Desktop Printers
  • GC420d Desktop Printer
  • GC420t Desktop Printer
  • GK420 Healthcare Desktop Printers
  • GK420d Desktop Printer
  • GK420d Healthcare Desktop Printer
  • GK420t Desktop Printer
  • GK420t Healthcare Desktop Printer
  • GT800 Desktop Printer
  • GX420Rx Desktop Printer
  • GX420d Desktop Printer
  • GX420t Desktop Printer
  • GX430d Desktop Printer
  • GX430t Desktop Printer
  • HC100 Wristband Printer
  • HC100 Wristband Printer
  • LP 2824 Plus Desktop Printer
  • TLP 2824Plus Desktop Printer
  • ZD410 Series
  • ZD410D
  • ZD420 Series
  • ZD420-HC
  • ZD420C
  • ZD500 Desktop Printer
  • ZD500 Desktop Printer
  • ZT220 Industrial Printer