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P-touch Editor

The P-touch Editor software is compatible with desktop models connected to PC and PC printers. The software offers a wide variety of design options and functions to accommodate your commerce and industry needs for labelling. The software is available for both Windows® and Macintosh®.

You can import existing graphic files (BMP, JPG / JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF) you already have, or use enhanced symbols or clip-art files included in the P-touch Editor to create logos or custom art.

Various texts, drawings, barcodes, images, calendars and make-pictures are available.

The software can be linked to a compatible database and has add-ins for Microsoft® Word®, Excel®, and Outlook®, which enables quick and easy label printing from these applications.

The displays and functions of P-touch Editor are different between the Windows® version and the Macintosh® version. The following explanation is based on the Windows® version.

  • Draw your own illustrations with the built-in drawing tools.
  • Frame part or all of your layout with the software's built-in designs.
  • Utilize the pre-designed Auto Format templates to quickly create labels using any installed TrueType® fonts.

The P-touch Editor software is powerful - yet very easy to use. Make barcode labels or other specialty labels either one at a time or print multiple labels in a batch.

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Special Features of P-touch Editor 5.0

A startup screen that helps you visualize the label you want to make

To create a label from scratch, choose either a horizontal or vertical layout.

To create a label from scratch, choose either a horizontal or vertical layout.

You can also create a label using one of the included label designs.

You can also create a label using one of the included label designs.

  • *:   The label designs that are displayed vary depending on the printer and label size.

Label designs

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There are three ways to enter label content


Snap mode lets you print a label at any time. This mode will run a small, basic version of P-touch editor that is easily accessible. (Available for Windows® and Macintosh®)

Snap mode

Three Features of Snap Mode

Screen capture  Screen capture

Screen capture: Perfect to capture any text or a section of your computer screen image from any program and use it on a label.

Direct input

Direct input: Great for when you just want to print text quickly.


Express Mode (Windows® only) and Standard Mode (Macintosh® only) make it easy to print labels with text, figures, or frames, all with a clean, simple interface.

Express Mode

Standard Mode


Professional Mode (Windows® only) allows you to create templates that suit your tasks, while convenient feature buttons provide access to the available features.

Professional Mode

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A Wide Variety of Features Available

Text input and editing


Design labels using any TrueType® or OpenType® font installed on your computer, or select one of the dozens of fonts included with the software. Even large fonts will be printed smoothly with no jagged edges.


Arranged TextArranged Text

Text can be placed on a shaped line, such as a circle or arc.

Arranged Text

Unicode Support

Unicode support allows you to include characters from multiple languages in the same label.

Text Options

With text options such as "Free size", which allows you to create labels without a pre-determined length, and "Line break at set width" for creating labels with a defined size, you can select text options to match the tape you already have or the kind of label you want to create.

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Images, figures, and decorative frames

Screen CaptureScreen Capture

Allows you to capture an area of content displayed on your screen and print it. Quickly capture and print an area of the screen, attach it to a notebook and go - this is convenient labelling like you've never seen before. If you are using Snap Mode, this feature can be used with both Windows® and Macintosh®.

Screen Capture


Various image data formats, including JPEG, GIF, BMP, and PNG, can be imported, allowing you to create labels that really stand out, complete with a company logo, a profile photo, or whatever the application requires.

Decorative FrameDecorative Frame

A wide variety of frames and patterns can be used to make attractive labels that suit your needs.

Clip ArtClip Art

With over 700 clip-art designs to choose from, you're sure to find what you're looking for, whether it is a traditional, practical design or something that is just plain fun!

Make PictureMake Picture

This feature makes it easy to create illustrations by combining faces, facial expressions, and bodies into fun designs.

In addition, you can also create shapes like straight lines, rectangles, and ellipses.

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Tables, databases, and barcodes


Create tables without leaving the editor. Each cell can contain text, figures, barcodes, etc. This feature makes it easy to create a "Reviewed by" field for in-house documents and other circulated materials.


Use data created with a database program to print continuous data.
Supported database formats:
Windows®: xls, mdb, csv, txt, Microsoft® SQL Server Database
Macintosh®: csv, txt, Mac OS® X Address Book



Allows you to make various types of barcodes.
Supported barcode formats:
CODE39, CODE128, UCC/EAN-128 (GS1-128), ITF (I-2/5), CODABAR (NW-7), UPC-A, UPC-E, JAN13 (EAN13, document JAN code), JAN8 (EAN8), ISBN-2 (EAN13 AddOn2), ISBN-5 (EAN13 AddOn5), POSTNET, Laser Bar Code, GS1 DataBar (RSS)

Two-dimensional barcodes:
PDF417, QR Code, Data matrix, Maxicode

Use your barcode reader to confirm the readability of the barcodes.

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Print features


Text and barcodes can be printed consecutively in sequence.

Date and timeDate and time

The date and time can be printed on labels easily. Additionally, a specified amount of time can be added to the date and time that is printed, allowing you to make labels displaying an expiration date or time.

Print multiple sheets (Windows® only)

Allows you to print multiple sheets that were created separately in one easy operation, all on the same label roll. This feature saves you time because there is no need to print each sheet separately, plus, related label designs can be collected in one file, which makes data management easier.

Print multiple sheets (Windows® only)

Split printing

Allows you to print multiple labels which form your original design when the labels are placed next to each other. Use this feature to create labels with large lettering. Example use:

Split printing

Split printing

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Other features

Layout style template

Use a previously created template to create a beautifully designed label quickly. Simply select a template, replace the text and images as desired, and print!

Add-in feature (Windows® only)

You can use the configured button to import data from Microsoft® Word®, Excel®, and Outlook® into P-touch Editor. Simply select the desired text or data in one of these programs, click the button, and the content is imported into a label.
Great for printing address labels or for printing a quick memo sticker.


You can print calendars onto labels easily.

Link object feature (Windows® only)

When the same text is used multiple times on the same label, this feature allows you to easily change all instances of that text automatically in one operation. Great for printing labels for cabling and wiring.

Link object feature (Windows® only)

Ordered object confirmation and correction feature (Professional Mode only)

Displays each individual object used in a label, allowing you to easily select an object for editing even if another object is placed on top of it. You can also change the order of objects, which makes it easy to confirm or change the order of objects when making label templates using the b-PAC*1 or P-touch Template*2 features.

Example use
Example use

  • *1: b-PAC is a software development kit (SDK) used for making labels.
  • *2: P-touch Template allows you to save label templates in the printer and then print by sending compatible data from another device and inserting it into the desired template.
Help feature that gives advice and lets you practice using the main features

In addition to helping you solve any problems you may experience, the help feature also has a practice mode. This mode teaches you how to create labels using the main features of P-touch Editor by following the information displayed on the screen, and can help you increase your overall proficiency at using the software.

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P-touch Library (Windows® only)

This function registers the created lbx files by sorting them.
You can view the content of the label without having to open it, this means that the labels are easy to search through.
The registering method is easy. You can register files individually for each label, or automatic registration at the time of printing or saving file can be available.

P-touch Library (Windows® only)

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P-touch Transfer Manager (Windows® only)

This function transfers files created within P-touch Editor to the printer and keeps the files as data in the machines memory. You can then print labels from the machines memory without the printer needing to be connected to your PC.

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P-touch Editor Lite LAN

By simply copying P-touch Editor Lite LAN to a shared folder on a file server, other users on the network can access P-touch Editor Lite LAN and create and print labels without installing the printer driver. (Windows® only)

P-touch Editor Lite LAN


  • 1.Start P-touch Editor Lite LAN.1.Start P-touch Editor Lite LAN.
  • 2.Click the editor screen and enter the desired text.2.Click the editor screen and enter the desired text.
  • 3.Click the print button.3.Click the print button.
  • 4. The label is printed.4. The label is printed.
  • 9800only

Supported models: PT-9800PCN

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Set up by running the installer from the P-touch Editor CD-ROM, or by downloading the appropriate driver from the Brother Solutions Center. There is need to enter serial no. on the bottom, back, or inside under the tape cassette of the machine. 
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