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    Bar code orientation

    Does anyone know if bar codes can be oriented 90 degrees to the main page? For example, I am making a folding newsletter with multiple columns in landscape layout. The mail merge addresses will be in the last column, but will be in a text box with the text oriented 90 degrees (pointing down if looking at the main document in page layout)so it will show up correctly when the newsletter is folded. In this case, the bar codes do not turn 90 degrees with the rest of the text in the box, they stay oriented parallel to the layout of the main document.

    I have a workaround, that is, leave the addresses in the same orientation as the main page, but change the text orientation of everything else. This will work but is more trouble. I just wanted to know if someone had a simpler solution or knew if it was possible to change the bar code orientation. Searching MS' knowledge base was unsuccessful.

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    Re: Bar code orientation

    Try putting the bar code within a text box and change the orientation of the text box contents.

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    Re: Bar code orientation

    Sorry I didn't make it clear; that is what does not work. Rotating other text works, but rotating the bar code does not work-the bar code field code text rotates, but the resultant bar code does not. Thanks for the suggestion though.

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    Re: Bar code orientation

    Inelegant, but quite likely an effective method would be to do a screen capture, paste the picture and rotate the picture. This can be placed on top of the text box containing the bar code so the text is not lost.

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    Re: Bar code orientation

    Yes, that might work, but I may not have mentioned in the original post-to keep it to a minimum-that the project is for a mail merge to 700 recipients; therefore, copying and pasting the images would not be practical. Thanks again for the idea.

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    Re: Bar code orientation

    Sorry, no further solution in mind at this time.

    But I hope this isn't the last post on this problem.

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    Re: Bar code orientation

    It's kinda kludgy...how about pre-printing the newsletter then creating a separate merge document to print the addresses on the already printed newsletter?

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    Chris

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    Re: Bar code orientation

    Another kludge, but who knows. If you cannot get the barcodes to rotate, why not rotate everthing else in a text Box or Frame and switch the page orientation to suit !

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    Re: Bar code orientation

    [ Warning: Pun! ]

    ... or you could simply inform the users that it's inappropriate to discriminate on the basis of textual orientation. <img src=/S/grin.gif border=0 width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Bar code orientation

    Or just take the bars out, and tell them that all colour bars have been removed
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    Re: Bar code orientation

    That is the workaround I mentioned in the original post. Thanks for the thought, though.

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    Re: Bar code orientation

    Thanks, I hadn't thought of that. With 700 mailings, it would work better using copies of one original to run through a mail merge, as opposed to printing 700 newsletters and reprinting them again with the mail merge, especially on a laser printer. Pages tend to get smudged if you try them through a laser printer twice.

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