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Generate Data Matrix Barcode in Microsoft® Access®

Print Data Matrix Barcode in Access database

Data Matrix is a 2D barcode symbology that can encode more than 1000 characters.

With Barcodesoft Data Matrix barcode font package and Microsoft® Access®, it has never been so easy to print DataMatrix bar code from your Windows computer and desktop printer.

1. Install data matrix demo on your computer.

2. Open DOS prompt. If you are using Windows Vista or Windows 7, please Open DOS prompt as administrator.

Please go to the following folder
CD C:\Program Files\Common Files\Barcodesoft\FontUtil
Type in the following DOS command to register crUFLbcs.dll
regsvr32 crUFLbcs.dll

data matrix barcode excel DLL DOS registration

3. Start Microsoft® Access® first.

If you are using Access 2000 or 2003, click menu ===> Tools ==> Macro ===> Security. Choose Low security level.
data matrix Access Macro Security

If you are using Access 2007 / 2010 / 2013 / 2016 / 2019, click the Microsoft Office Button.
Office 2010 button Office 2016 button Office 2019 button
Then click Access Options, choose Trust Center. In the Macro Settings category, under Macro Settings, choose "Enable all macros" as shown below.

data matrix Access Macro Setting

4. Press ALT + F11 to open Microsoft® Visual Basic editor.
data matrix Access VBA

5. From Visual Basic editor, choose menu Tools ===> References. It will popup a dialog. Click Browse button and choose cruflbcs.dll from your working folder.
Usually it's under C:\Program File\CommonFiles\Barcodesoft\Fontutil folder.
Click the checkbox beside crUFLBcs 4.0 Type Library as shown below. Then click OK button.

data matrix add reference

6. Press Ctrl+M, it will popup a dialog, choose barcodesoft.bas under C:\Program File\CommonFiles\Barcodesoft\Fontutil folder. Then click "Open".

If you don't find barcodesoft.bas, please download it from data matrix.
data matrix import vba

Or you can copy and paste from code snippet below

Public Function DataMatrix(strToEncode As String) As String
Dim obj As cruflBCS.CDataMatrix
Set obj = New cruflBCS.CDataMatrix
DataMatrix = obj.EncodeCR(strToEncode, 0, 0)
;The second parameter is string index, default value is zero.
;The third parameter is format option, 0 for auto selection.
Set obj = Nothing
End Function

7. Close Visual Basic and go back to your Access database. Now, create a report in Design view and type in one of the following macros in the field where you want to show data matrix barcode before apply font typeface, such as BcsDatamatrix:
=datamatrix([data.code])

Please notice that 'data' is the Table name, 'code' is the Field name.

data matrix barcode excel macro

8. Right click the field you want to display data matrix barcode. Choose Properties from context menu. Apply one of the appropriate font typefaces to the field, such as BcsDatamatrix.

data matrix access font typeface

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