There are quite a few different types of barcodes. But the most common of them are Code 39, Code 128, UPC-A, UPC-E, EAN-8, EAN-13, etc in the 1D barcode category while 2D barcodes includes PDF 417 and QR codes and DataMatrix.
If you need to create a barcode for your business using barcode generator, then here is the process when using Microsoft Word.
First, download a barcode font from the web by searching Google or download your choice of font from the sites you already know without searching extensively. Most of the business owners use Code 39, Code 128 or QR code fonts as they are easier fonts to scan. But if you are using an online barcode generator, then even a single QR code can store huge amount of data.
After you download barcode font, install it in a ZIP archive. Follow the known procedure to install and save the font in right folders in C Windows/Fonts folder as your step to using Word as your free barcode generator.
The next step is to generate barcodes. Now for example, you want to generate a Code 39 barcode. For this, download and install the ID Automation Code 39 font. This font adds the text, which you need to type to the bottom of the barcode. Then, you can increase size of the font as pleases to your requirement. Now you can select the text you typed. Next, select the Code 39 font from a given list. This step will help you automatically convert the text into a barcode. You have a scanable code 39 barcode in easy steps. You can generate other barcodes in similar fashion.
In case you have a physical barcode scanner, it will come handy for scanning your barcodes. However, for personal home project, if no such scanner is available, then you can download a free barcode scanning apps on your smartphone. One of the advantages of these apps is that you can scan barcodes before you take their printouts. This way, you can be assured that barcodes are scanable. One such barcode scanner app you can try is Beep, which supports may barcode types.
These easy steps will guide you to use Word as your free barcode generator.