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Word 2010 - Where's the "Delivery Point Bar Code"?

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  • I've been trying to do a few mail merges in Word 2010, and after days of Googling, I can't find the answer:

    What happened to the checkbox in Word 2010 that allows a POSTNET barcode to be placed on the mailing address of an envelope?

    Any help is greatly appreciated,
    Kyle

    Thursday, May 20, 2010 4:21 PM

Answers

  • In fact, the bar code was removed in Word 2007. The reference about the
    format (POSTNET) being obsolete is http://support.microsoft.com/kb/897290.
     
    If you insist on including bar codes anyway, Word still supports the BARCODE
    field. But you (or your code) would have to insert the field as a separate
    step after the merge.
     
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    Regards,
    Jay Freedman
    Microsoft Word MVP FAQ: http://word.mvps.org
    Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so
    all may benefit.
     
    Cindy Meister wrote:
    > Hi Kyle
    >
    > The best place to get help on mail merge would be the forum on the
    > Answers site. Unfortunately, I don't yet have moderator priveleges
    > here, so I can't move the message for you:
    >
    > http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/wordshare/threads
    >
    > FWIW I believe I saw somewhere during beta that this was removed in
    > Word 2010 because the barcodes Word generated with the feature were
    > out-of-date. But you'll want to get that confirmed by people who
    > specialize in mail merge :-)
    >
    >
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > Cindy Meister, VSTO/Word MVP
     
     
     

    Jay Freedman MS Word MVP
    • Marked as answer by daleykd Thursday, May 20, 2010 4:34 PM
    Thursday, May 20, 2010 4:31 PM

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  • Hi Kyle

    The best place to get help on mail merge would be the forum on the Answers site. Unfortunately, I don't yet have moderator priveleges here, so I can't move the message for you:

    http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/wordshare/threads

    FWIW I believe I saw somewhere during beta that this was removed in Word 2010 because the barcodes Word generated with the feature were out-of-date. But you'll want to get that confirmed by people who specialize in mail merge :-)


    Cindy Meister, VSTO/Word MVP
    Thursday, May 20, 2010 4:26 PM
    Moderator
  • In fact, the bar code was removed in Word 2007. The reference about the
    format (POSTNET) being obsolete is http://support.microsoft.com/kb/897290.
     
    If you insist on including bar codes anyway, Word still supports the BARCODE
    field. But you (or your code) would have to insert the field as a separate
    step after the merge.
     
    --
    Regards,
    Jay Freedman
    Microsoft Word MVP FAQ: http://word.mvps.org
    Email cannot be acknowledged; please post all follow-ups to the newsgroup so
    all may benefit.
     
    Cindy Meister wrote:
    > Hi Kyle
    >
    > The best place to get help on mail merge would be the forum on the
    > Answers site. Unfortunately, I don't yet have moderator priveleges
    > here, so I can't move the message for you:
    >
    > http://social.answers.microsoft.com/Forums/en-US/wordshare/threads
    >
    > FWIW I believe I saw somewhere during beta that this was removed in
    > Word 2010 because the barcodes Word generated with the feature were
    > out-of-date. But you'll want to get that confirmed by people who
    > specialize in mail merge :-)
    >
    >
    > --------------------------------------------------------------------------------
    > Cindy Meister, VSTO/Word MVP
     
     
     

    Jay Freedman MS Word MVP
    • Marked as answer by daleykd Thursday, May 20, 2010 4:34 PM
    Thursday, May 20, 2010 4:31 PM
  • Bless both of you.

    I was looking for the correct forum, but didn't know about http://social.answers.microsoft.com.

    Jay, that's quite unfortunate, but thank you for the definitive answer.

    Kyle

    Thursday, May 20, 2010 4:33 PM
  • Why did Microsoft remove that "destination point barcode" feature from the printing envelopes menu? Seems such a small thing, but it was neat to have.

    JulianG

    Friday, January 21, 2011 7:16 PM
  • Because the barcodes that were generated by Word did not qualify for discounts from the USPS.

    The USPS now has an Intelligent Mail Barcode system.  See http://www.usps.com/mailpro/2008/mayjune/page10.htm and http://ribbs.usps.gov/


    Hope this helps.

    Doug Robbins - Word MVP,
    dkr[atsymbol]mvps[dot]org
    Posted via the Community Bridge

    "jnodrog" wrote in message news:a70c3acd-aaad-4a0e-82fd-5fab329d5106@communitybridge.codeplex.com...

    Why did Microsoft remove that "destination point barcode" feature from the printing envelopes menu? Seems such a small thing, but it was neat to have.

    JulianG


    Doug Robbins - Word MVP dkr[atsymbol]mvps[dot]org
    Friday, January 21, 2011 8:34 PM
  • The delivery point barcode in Word was the main reason I use Word since I do thousands of mail merge letters. Dumping that feature instead of upgrading the software to accomodate the Post Office requirements was a huge mistake. It's the last Office update I'll ever purchase since I now have to outsource all my printing.
    Saturday, January 07, 2012 12:01 AM
  • Microsoft could not easily replace the old delivery point barcode (which was a simple encoding of the delivery address ZIP+4 into PostNet bars) with the new Intelligent Mail Barcode. One reason is that, to be able to use the new code, you have to get a Mailer ID number from the USPS and include it in the barcode (see https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=intellmailmailidapp).

    The USPS offers its own encoder (https://ribbs.usps.gov/index.cfm?page=encoder).


    Jay Freedman
    MS Word MVP  FAQ: http://word.mvps.org
    Saturday, January 07, 2012 9:22 PM
  • Why cannot Word provide a usable bar code?  It is NOT rocket science!
    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 7:21 AM
  • Regardless of discounts, doesn't adding a barcode expedite processing and travel, since USPS spits a barcode onto all pieces of mail that don't have one?
    Tuesday, January 31, 2012 3:48 PM