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FAQ - Barcode data is too long for this barcode type on Dymo LabelWriter

17 CommentsFriday, 10 June 2016  |  Tech Support

Q) When I try to add an EAN13 barcode to my label it will only let me type in 12 numbers, if I type in 13 it says, "Barcode data is too long for this barcode type" - what is the problem?

A) EAN-13 barcodes are made up of 12 digits plus a single digit checksum, which the Dymo software calculates automatically.  If you are using pre-generated barcodes that already include the checksum, then simply leave out the last digit.  The Dymo Label Software will then add it back on.


Peter
Thursday, 1 December 2016  |  21:24

This is a very shortsided answer, it must be possible in professional products like DYMO to switch off that ridicule calculation or you must offer a tool that takes away or ignore automaticly the already present calculation bit. DYMO as sales organisation must shame itself for such a low interest answer.


Tech Support
Friday, 2 December 2016  |  8:47

Well don't tell us, there's nothing we can do about it, complain to Dymo! www.dymo.com


Sebastiaan
Wednesday, 5 July 2017  |  13:19

I contacted support and they send me a back and edited label file. Still the same result: no barcode is shown, error in preview.

But I found the solution.
First you need the 12 digits like tech support suggests (so eliminate the last digit, remaining 12).

Then, when you are in the import wizard, drag the your 12 digit EAN number to the barcode field, and REMOVE the space at the end (blue dot) that Dymo puts in after every variable ;-(

Tadaaa Success!

ps. Also make sure the barcode object in your label layout is set to link to Data and not to Object..


Scott
Sunday, 16 July 2017  |  11:07

Sebastiaan, you are a fantastic person. You just solved hours of frustration with that post. Thank you.


Sam
Saturday, 17 February 2018  |  1:31

A year after, you have saved me many hours of frustration and trying to figure out why every permutation of an UPC code would produce a "Invalid barcode data" message. THANK YOU!