Aligning bar codes on an SAP Smart Form
We are using SAP ECC 6.0.
I'm currently using Smart Forms and am trying to align a barcode in the center of a defined window,
but am not able to do so. How can I do this? I have tried using "paragraph formats," etc., but it
only works for text, and not barcodes.
A barcode can be tricky to align on a Smart Form. And, as I am sure you've discovered, print
preview (to the screen) does not really show you where it will appear on the printed page. In my
experience, the best strategy is simply to pick a starting anchor spot (e.g. using centimeter-based
coordinates), note where the barcode actually prints (e.g. with a centimeter-based ruler), then
re-adjust, re-print and re-measure. It sounds tedious but it shouldn't take long.
One caveat: To avoid surprises and rework, be sure to test on a printer make/model that
approximates the eventual production printer.
This was first published in May 2010