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bar codes for items

We use Enterprise 2020 Manufacturing & Wholesale. We are considering implementing a bar code system for our items at the request of customers. I'm wondering if QuickBooks itself can generate bar codes based on existing SKU's or do they need to be manually entered? What's the amount of work required to barcode roughly 2,500 items?

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bar codes for items

Glad to have you here in the Community, @topherfarrell.


If you've already had a list of barcodes for your items, you can import it in the system. You'll just need to have admin access to do this. I also recommend to back up your company file before importing.


To import barcodes, here's what you'll need to do:

  1. Create a custom field.
  2. Export your item list to Excel. 
  3. Edit the Excel sheet. 
  4. Import the list with barcodes from Excel.
  5. Set QuickBooks to track your imported barcodes. 

For a detailed step-by-step process, take a look at this article: Set up and use barcode scanning in QuickBooks Desktop.


See also this resources, which you may find helpful in the future:

If you have any other questions with the barcode scanner or anything concerning QuickBooks, let me know by adding a comment below. I'd be happy to help. Have a great day.

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