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Barcoding in MS Word

Word erases the asterisks when printing Code 39 barcodes using TrueType Fonts…

By convention, Code 39 TrueType barcode fonts use the asterisk (*) as the start/stop character. When inserting a code 39 barcode into a text document it is common practice to type an asterisk, the data, and another asterisk, then highlight the text and change to a Code 39 font. For example: