Why don't my labels print correctly on my Zebra printer?

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If you notice your labels look small or blurry on your Zebra LP2844 Printer, follow the steps below to change the size and clarity of the label. 

This is the default setup:


Here are the steps for changing this setup:

  1. Go to START  and click on DEVICES AND PRINTERS.


  2. Right-click the ZDesigner LP2844 and go to Printing preferences.


  3. Select the Stocks tab and then New.


  4. This allows you to enter different custom options for your label.

    We've named this stock "4x6" because we've set the Label Width to 4 inches and the Label Height to 6 inches. However, you can input any name or label size.

    We've also changed Darkness to 13 and Speed to 2. These are the best settings for a clear label.

    Click OK.


  5. Now, under the Options tab, click Stocks in the dialog box.  You'll see the option to select "4x6" in the drop-down menu, which will enable us to use the "4x6" printer label setting we just saved. 


  6. Since we applied the "4x6" as our default, we'll now see it fill the Stocks field in our dialog box. It'll look like this:


That's it! Now your labels will be bigger and print with more clarity!


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    Daniel Blumentritt

    This does not work. Even after changing the stock and clicking apply, all programs when I set to print with Zebra ZP 450 automatically have it set to 4.5 x 11 and "user defined" stock. It is apparently impossible to change the default, which is quite frustrating as EVERY time I want to print a label, I have to go into print properties to manually tell it to just this once print the way the default is supposedly set anyway.

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    Jennifer R. [ShippingEasy]

    Hello Daniel - Thanks for posting with the details of your situation.

    This sounds like an issue with the settings on your computer. However, it's possible that resetting your printer to factory conditions and/or reinstalling your drivers can help prevent you from getting stuck in this loop. I've included a couple resources for you:

    Once you've restored your printer to factory settings and updated the driver, please try changing the stock again.


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    Fred Hajjar

    WORKED!! Great article

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    Nuran Artinian

    Thank you very much. It WORKED WONDERFULLY!! I had to buy a new computer (my old computer's hard drive failed) and with the new computer my labels were not printing correctly. I tried so many ways and nothing worked. I was thinking of purchasing a new one already. The solution posted here made it simple and easy. Thanks again for posting it :)

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