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Code 39 Barcode Created in Word with the Free Code 39 Font

The Free IDAutomation Code 39 Barcode Font allows the ability to  encode letters, numbers and some symbols within the Code 39 barcode symbology. This is a fully-functional freeware font, not a demo. TrueType and OpenType versions are provided for use in a variety of operating systems including Windows and Mac.

This free Code 39 Barcode Font may be used by individuals, educational organizations such as schools and universities, and organizations with a gross annual revenue of less than $500,000 USD, or classified as nonprofit for tax purposes, excluding government and military organizations.

A license to this free font is also provided with the purchase of an IDAutomation product. Any other use requires a purchase of the Code 39 Barcode Font Advantage Package to remain licensed. For details, review the Free License portion of the Software License Agreement.

This Free Code 39 Barcode Font is supplied in the medium size only. If other heights are required or the Mac classic, PCL, LaserJet soft font or PostScript formats are needed, a purchase of the Code 39 Barcode Font Advantage Package is required which provides 6 barcode heights (XS, S, M, L, XL and XXL) in 4 font formats.

Free Code 39 Font Index

Barcode Font Piracy Notice In many cases, barcode fonts distributed as "freeware" or otherwise very cheap fonts are, in fact, illegal counterfeits. You and your organization may be held liable for using and/or distributing these illegal software products. Beware of companies that distribute "free" fonts from unverifiable sources with copyright notices from companies that do not exist. Learn more about how to identify and report illegal counterfeit barcode fonts.

Download The Free Code 39 Barcode Font

Free Barcode Font Installation Procedures for Windows

Free Barcode Font Installation Procedures for Mac OSX

Note: Mac support for classic OS (7.1-9x) requires the Code 39 Barcode Font Advantage Package.

Using the Code 39 Barcode Font

To create the correct output for the Code 39 barcode font, the data must be appended with an asterisk as the start and stop characters, for example *153969*. In Microsoft Word, the start and stop characters should be "!" instead of the asterisk because of a formatting issue. For example: !153969!. To suppress the asterisks from being visible below the barcode, use "(" and ")" instead at the beginning and ending of each barcode, i.e. (153969).

If the font does not show in font selection list of the application after installation, check the application settings. Most applications allow the ability to disable a feature that lists font names in their font. For example, if the font is not viewable in font selection list for Microsoft Word, follow these steps:

  1. In Microsoft Office, choose Customize on the Tools menu.
  2. On the Options tab, deselect the "list font names in their font" check box.
  3. Click close.

This Free package contains examples of use for Microsoft Access, Excel and Word in the install folder. There are also several tutorials for Barcode Font Integration into different applications.

If a more compact barcode type than Code 39 is required, consider Code 128 or a more durable 2D barcode symbology such as PDF417 or DataMatrix. For an evaluation of barcode sizes and types, refer to that section in the Barcoding for Beginners Tutorial.

To learn more about using Code 39, refer to the Code 39 Barcode FAQ & Tutorial.

Reading and Scanning Barcode Fonts

IDAutomation offers several easy-to-use Barcode Scanners to read Code 39 Barcodes. Additionally, IDAutomation USB Barcode Scanners can be used on any computer with a USB port including Windows, Mac and Linux systems. The barcode reader acts as an external keyboard so that anything scanned is entered in the computer as if it were typed from the keyboard. To use a barcode wand or scanner with the application, please read additional information about scanning barcode data into applications.

Other IDAutomation Barcode Software Products

IDAutomation also has many other products to offer for barcode generation:

Distributing the Free Font with an Application

This Software may not be distributed with an application or an application's installation files. This type of distribution requires a Developers License to the Code 39 Barcode Font Advantage Package. Developers may also create a distributed application to access the IDAutomationHC39M font name and request that users download this free font only if they meet the license qualifications of the free font. If they do not meet the license qualifications, they must be instructed to purchase the Code 39 Font Advantage Package, which includes the IDAutomationHC39M font. Developers may also join the IDAutomation Affiliate Program to receive a 20% commission on IDAutomation Barcode Font products purchased through our website. For more details, please review the Software License Agreement.

Code 39 TrueType Barcode Font Specifications:

The X dimension (X is the width of the narrow bar) of the Code 39 font is listed below for various point sizes. The narrow-to-wide ratio is 3:1, which is recommended by international standards.

Point Size

Approximate X Dimension (1 mil = .001")

48 .157 CM .040"
36 .118 CM .030"
24 .078 CM .020"
20 .065 CM .016"
16 .052 CM .013"
12 .039 CM  .010"
8 .026 CM .007"
6 .019 CM .005"

* To print at a different X dimension, find the point size that has the X dimension closest to the point size that is needed or use this formula to find the point size that is needed:
12 * (X dimension needed) / (X dimension at 12 points) = (point size converted to integer) For example, if an X dimension of 12 mils is needed, then the barcode should be printed at 14 points because: 12 * 12 / 10 = 14

NOTICE: When using a printer with less than 600 DPI, the following point sizes should be used to create accurate barcodes:

203 DPI Printer (Thermal)  300 DPI Printer
 6, 12, 18, 24, 30, 36...  4, 8, 12, 16, 20, 24, 28, 32, 36...

In the free version of this font package, only the IDAutomationHC39M size is provided. However, in the Code 39 Font Advantage Package, 24 different versions of the Code 39 barcode fonts are provided to support human readable versions and different width and height requirements. The last character in the Code 39 barcode font name determines the height of the barcode with the shortest being "XS" and the tallest being "XXL".

Font Name Font Height at 12 Points*
Code 3 of 9 Fonts - Text Below Barcode
IDAutomationHC39XS  .20" or .5 CM
IDAutomationHC39S  .35" or .9 CM
IDAutomationHC39M  .50" or 1.2 CM (provided in free version)
IDAutomationHC39L  .70" or 1.8 CM
IDAutomationHC39XL  .90" or 2.3 CM
IDAutomationHC39XXL  1.25" or 3.2 CM
Code 39 Fonts - No Text Below Barcode
IDAutomationC39XS  .20" or .5 CM
IDAutomationC39S  .35" or .9 CM
IDAutomationC39M  .50" or 1.2 CM
IDAutomationC39L  .70" or 1.8 CM
IDAutomationC39XL  .90" or 2.3 CM
IDAutomationC39XXL  1.25" or 3.2 CM

Technical Support for Free Products

Because this is a free product, IDAutomation will only provide publically documented resolutions as noted in the FAQ If additional support is needed, consider the IDAutomation Code 39 Font Advantage Package, which comes with a complimentary 30 day Priority Support and Upgrade Subscription.

The following links may be helpful in solving many issues:

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