Create QR and Barcodes for free

Using Avery Design & Print

Design & Print is Avery’s free software that contains all our printable products’ templates. As well as basic text and image tools, it also contains a barcode generator, so that you can create EAN, QR and over 15 other code types.

Read our step by step guide below to find out how to get started with our clever barcode tool.

Please note: This guide walks you through how to use the online version of Design & Print.
Design & Print software is also available as downloadable apps for your computer’s desktop or tablet, and these versions have separate “how to” guides.

Create barcodes for free using Avery Design & Print
Avery Design & Print start page

Step 1

Open Design & Print

To use the web version of Design & Print go to and click the blue Start button to open.

Avery Design & Print Select Product page

Step 2

Find your Avery product

The fastest way to find a template is to enter your product's software code in the Quick Search box. You can also search by product description, click on the column headings to sort by size, product description, colour or layout.


Click the green Select this Product button to move forward.

Avery Design & Print choose template design page

Step 3

Choose your template design

On the Choose Design tab, you will find the blank and pre-designed templates available for your chosen Avery product. You can narrow your choice by selecting a design category from the list on the left.


Click on the design you’d like to customise and a green Select this design button will appear. Click that template again to continue.

Avery Design & Print Customise Screen

Step 4

Customise your label

You are now on the Customise Screen, where you can edit and personalise your product. On the left hand side of the screen are your item tools. This is where you can choose to add text, images and other objects to your design.


When you select a tool an additional set of options will appear. There will be different options, depending if you select Text, Image or Shape.

Avery Design & Print Select Barcode

Step 5

Select your Barcode Type

When you are ready to add your barcode, click the QR and Barcodes icon on the left hand side. From the toolbar that appears, you can then select which barcode type you would like to create from the drop down list.

Once you have selected the barcode type, click on

  • Create to generate a single barcode from a code that you have or
  • Merge if you would like to generate a number of barcodes from an excel list of code numbers.
Avery Design & Print Add Barcode

Step 6

Create a single barcode - Input your code number

If you have clicked Create, the above screen will appear. Enter your barcode’s number into the box and press the green round arrow to see your generated barcode. Then click Finish.

Please note: Avery are not barcode experts; we offer free software which will turn barcode numbers into scannable barcodes. We recommend that you obtain barcode requirements from the appropriate authorities to ensure you are creating the barcode to specification.

Avery Design & Print Merge Barcode

Step 7

Create multiple barcodes using our Merge Feature

If you clicked Merge, you will be asked to browse for your barcode file on your computer. Once selected, you will be taken to the above screen to select which information from your spreadsheet you would like to add to your barcode. Only tick the column with the barcode numbers/URLs , then click Next.

Avery Design & Print Merge Barcode

Step 8

Merge your barcodes to your label

On the next screen, your barcodes field will be on the left. Drag and drop this to the box in the middle of the screen to add your fields to design. Click Finish to see the merged labels on the design canvas.

Avery Design & Print Save & Print your labels

Step 9

Save and Print

When you’re happy with all of your labels, click Save and choose to save your labels to your Avery Account (so that you can access it from any computer connected to the Internet) or to your computer. (It will be saved as a “.avery” file – which can be opened again from Design & Print and edited whenever you need)

Once saved, click print and Design & Print will generate a PDF – we recommend you open this with Adobe Acrobat if possible. You can now print directly onto your labels or save your PDF to print later.

Avery Design & Print barcode tool can generate QR Codes

Step 10

Need some more help?

If you would like some more help with using the Merge Function in Design & Print, click here to see our detailed Step by Step.

Alternatively, we also have a dedicated help video on barcode creation, which you can view here.

In addition, our consumer centre are always on hand to help if you get stuck:

1300 644 353

email: [email protected]