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Label Setup Wizard guides you through the process of creating a new label. The wizard consists of four configuration steps and a summary:

After finishing these steps, the label is ready for editing and printing.

Note

To quit Label Setup Wizard during any step, press <Escape>. The new label properties are set to default.

Step 1: Select the Printer

This step selects the printer to be used for printing the newly created label. It also provides direct access to printer driver properties.

  1. Select the printer from the dropdown list.

  2. Use printer properties saved in: This setting allows you to define where does NiceLabel 10 take the printer settings from while printing. There are two options available:

    • Printer Driver: When printing, NiceLabel 10 takes the printer properties that you define in the printer driver. This means that all labels that share these settings print equally. E.g., if you change printing darkness in the printer driver dialog to 10, all labels print with darkness set to 10.

      This is the default setting. With this setting selected, the Printer properties button becomes disabled. Access your printer properties from Windows system dialogs.

    • Label: When printing, NiceLabel 10 takes the printer properties that you save in the label. This means that the way how this label prints is independent from how you configure the printer driver. E.g., if you change the darkness for the label to 10, only this label prints with darkness set to 10.

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      Read more about how to manage printer settings in knowledge base article Defining default printer setting for all users (including network users).

      Example 7. Example for settings saved printer driver

      The ribbon in your printer is ending its life period. As a result, the quality of printed labels is decreasing. To enhance the quality before you receive a new ribbon, you must temporarily increase the printing darkness for all labels at once. Configure darkness level in your printer driver and all your label print with increased darkness.


      Example 8. Example for settings saved in label

      If you are designing a label on a remote computer that currently does not have access to your designated label printer, you can still design your label, save the printer properties within your label, and take this label to the computer that can access your label printer. The saved printer settings make your label "portable".


    Use printer settings from the printer driver: select this option if you prefer printing using the printer driver settings.

    Note

    Specific printer models only allow you to set label dimensions using the printer driver dialog. Among these models are high resolution ink jet coding and marking systems. If you select such printer model for your label, Designer automatically detects it and only allows you to take the label settings from the printer driver. Label dimension settings in the Label Properties dialog are disabled in this case too.

    Use custom printer settings saved in the label: each label may have its own printer settings defined and saved by the user. Select this option to use the custom settings while printing.

  3. Label setup wizard remembers the last selected printer. When creating another new label, the wizard will automatically select the printer that you selected for your last created label. If this printer is currently missing, your default printer is selected.

    • Always use the default printer: sets the default system printer to be used for the current print job.

    Product level info

    Double-sided printing option is available in NiceLabel Designer Pro and PowerForms.

    • Double-sided printing: enables double-sided printing for the new label.

    • Preview field: displays the label layout according to the currently set properties.

Note

For additional information on the installed printer drivers and their settings, read the https://help.nicelabel.com/hc/categories/4408474153489.

Step 2: Set the Page Size

This step defines how the page size is selected. When using a thermal printer, it is recommended to set the size automatically. Manual selection proves to be useful if you know the exact stock code or label format.

Note

When changing the printer, the Page Size settings always go to default (automatic).

  1. Select print media.

    • Print on a roll of labels option prints on the installed roll of labels. Page size for thermal printers is detected automatically.

      Note

      If a thermal printer is selected in the preceding Select the Printer wizard step, this option is enabled by default.

    • Print on a sheet of paper option prints labels on sheets of paper. It lets you manually define the label page size to fit the printer.

      With this option selected, additional settings appear:

      • Unit of measure: defines the unit of measure to be used while designing the label.

      • Paper: defines the label page Width and Height.

      Note

      If a regular home/office printer is selected in the preceding Select Printer wizard step, Page size is enabled by default.

  2. Select stock.

    Load settings from a predefined stock option sets the page to be defined by the selected stock type.

    With this option selected, additional settings appear:

    • Stock: defines which stock type should be used when designing and printing the newly created label. Stock types are usually associated with printer vendors or stationery suppliers. Select the exact stock from the dropdown menu.

      Note

      If the selected stock is not compatible with printer, a warning appears. Label designing and printing is disabled.

    • Stock information: displays the selected stock's properties.

Step 3: Select the Label Layout

This step defines the label orientation and rotation on a printer:

  • Orientation: sets the new label layout as Portrait or Landscape.

  • Rotated: rotates the Printer Layout of a label by 180 degrees, if the selected printer supports it.

  • Preview field: displays the label layout according to the currently set properties.

Step 4: Specify the Label Dimensions

This step defines the dimensions of the newly created label, its margins, measurement unit, and labels across positioning settings:

  • Unit of measure: defines the unit to be used while designing the label.

  • Label Dimensions: define the new label's Width and Height.

  • Margins: define the distance between the edge of the printing surface and the edge of the label (left/right, top/bottom).

  • Labels Across: defines the number of labels to be printed on a single label sheet.

    • Horizontal count: number of labels in a row.

    • Vertical count: number of labels in a column.

    • Horizontal gap: sets horizontal distance between the labels on a sheet.

    • Vertical gap: sets vertical distance between the labels on a sheet.

  • Processing order: defines the direction in which the labels are printed. Set the starting corner where the printing starts and define the horizontal and vertical direction of label positioning.

Step 5: Summary

This step summarizes the new label properties as defined using the Label Setup Wizard.

Before clicking Finish to enter the label editing and printing phases, check the displayed settings:

  • Printer: selected printer for label printing.

  • Label dimensions: dimensions of the newly created label.

  • Paper dimensions: dimensions of the printable paper.