Dymo LabelMANAGER 150 User Manual

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User Guide


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Style Key

Frame/Align Key


Length Key

Extra Key

Numeric Keys

Alpha Keys


DC Power Connector

Tape Exit

LCD Display

Cutter Button

Print Key

Arrow Keys with OK Key

Cancel Key


New Label Key

Return/OK Key

Symbols Key


Currency Key

Space Bar

Shift Keys

Figure 1 LabelMANAGER 150 Electronic Labelmaker

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About Your LabelMANAGER 150

Electronic Labelmaker

The LabelMANAGER 150 electronic labelmaker allows you to create a wide variety of highquality, self-adhesive labels. You can choose to print your labels in many different sizes and styles. The labelmaker uses D1 tape cassettes in widths of 1/4” (6 mm), 3/8” (9 mm), or 1/2” (12 mm). These tape cassettes are available in a wide range of colors.

Visit www.dymo.com for information on obtaining tapes and accessories for your labelmaker.

Warranty Registration

Please complete the warranty registration card and return it to the appropriate customer service address within seven days. See the Warranty booklet for details.

Getting Started

Follow the instructions in this section to get started printing your first label.

Inserting the Batteries

The labelmaker uses five AA batteries.

To insert the batteries

1.Press the thumb catch to open the battery compartment door. See Figure 2.


3. Close the compartment door.

Remove the batteries if the

not be used for a long period of time.

Connecting the Power Adapter

Connecting the power adapter to the labelmaker disconnects power from the batteries.

To connect the power adapter

1.Plug the power adapter into the connector on the top, left side of the labelmaker.

2.Plug the other end of the power

a power outlet.

Make sure you disconnect the from the power adapter before you adapter from the main power source. Otherwise, the most recent memory will be lost.

Inserting the Tape Cassette

To insert the tape cassette

1.Press the thumb catch to open the cassette door.

Remove the protective cardboard from between the print head and roller. Figure 3.





Figure 2

Figure 3


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2.Set the cassette switch for the size of the tape cassette that you are inserting. See Figure 3.

A notch in the cassette will fit over the switch when it is in the correct position.

3.Make sure the tape and ribbon are taut across the mouth of the cassette and that the tape passes between the guideposts. If necessary, turn the spool clockwise to tighten the ribbon.

4.Insert the cassette with the tape and ribbon positioned between the print head and roller. See Figure 4.

Print head and roller

Figure 4

5.Press firmly until cassette clicks into place.

6.Close the tape cassette door.

Selecting the Language

The labelmaker default setting is English, however you can select from a number of different language options.

To select your language

1.Press the ON/OFF key to turn power on.

2.Press Extra.

3.Use the arrow keys to select Set Language and press OK.

4.Use the Up and Down arrow keys to scroll to the language you want and press OK.

Selecting Units of Measure

You can choose to show measurements in inches or millimeters.

To set the units of measure

1.Press Extra.

2.Use the arrow keys to select Set Units and press OK.

3.Use the arrow keys to toggle between inches and millimeters, and press OK.

You are now ready to print your first label!

Printing Your First Label

To print a label

1.Press the ON/OFF key to turn power on.

2.Enter text to create a simple label.

3.Press the Print key to print the label.

4.Press the Cutter button and then remove the label.

Congratulations! You have printed your first label. Continue reading to learn more about the font, styles, and formatting options available.

Getting to Know Your Labelmaker

The following sections describe each feature in detail. Become familiar with the location of the feature and function keys. See Figure 1 on page 2.

The Display

The LCD display shows a row of 13 characters. However, you can enter up to 99 characters/ spaces. The display is similar to a window that scrolls across the text. (See Figure 5.) The number of characters actually displayed can vary due to proportional spacing.

The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog

Figure 5


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In addition, feature indicators appear on the display to let you know when a feature is selected. See Figure 6.

Font Style Underline/

Align/ Scrollbar



Fixed Length

# of Copies CAPS mode

Figure 6


The On/Off key switches the power on and off. After two minutes of no activity, the power is switched off automatically.

The last label created is remembered and displayed when the power is turned back on. The previously selected style settings are also restored.

Upper and Lower Case

The CAPS key toggles capitalization on and off. When CAPS mode is turned on, the CAPS indicator is shown on the display and all letters that you type will be capitalized. When CAPS mode is off, all letters typed appear in lower case.


The Shift key, when used in combination with an alphabet key, changes the case of the selected letter. When used in combination with number keys or function keys, the Shift key selects the alternate function shown on the key. For example, when you press Backspace, the character to the left of the cursor is deleted; however, when you press ShiftBackspace together, the entire label text and formatting is deleted and the display is ready for you to type a new label.

Space Bar

The Space bar inserts one blank space in your text.


The Backspace key removes the character to the left of the cursor. Shift-Backspace clears all the label text and formatting.


The Cancel key allows you to exit from a menu without making a selection or to cancel an action.

Navigation Keys

You can review and edit your label using the left and right arrow keys. You can navigate through the menu selections using the up and down arrow keys. You then press OK to make your selection.

Formatting Your Label

You can choose from a number of formatting options to enhance the appearance of your labels.

The labelmaker remembers the last feature selection made so that each time you enter one of the feature menus described in this section, you are positioned at the last item selected from that menu.

Changing the Font Size

Three font sizes are available for your labels: Narrow, Normal, and Wide. When you specify a font size, that size applies to all characters on the label.

To set the font size

1.Press the Font/Fixed Length key.

2.Use the arrow keys to move to the desired font and then press OK.

Adding Font Styles

You can choose from six different font styles to apply to your text:





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Only one style can be used at a time. Styles can be used with both alphanumeric

characters and symbols. See “Adding Symbols” for more information on printing symbols.

To set the font style

1.Press the Style key.

2.Use the arrow keys to move to the desired style and then press OK.

Framing Your Text

You can further highlight your text by choosing a frame or underline style. A label can be underlined or enclosed in a box, but not both together. The styles available are shown in Figure 7.


Square Box

Pointed Box

Round Box

Crocodile Box

Scroll Box

Figure 7

To set the frame style

1.Press the Frame/Align key.

2.Use the arrow keys to move to the desired frame style and then press OK.

On two-line labels, both lines are underlined. However, both lines are enclosed in a single box for the box styles.

Creating Two-Line Labels

You can create two-line labels using 3/8” (9 mm) or 1/2” (12 mm) label tape. 1/4” (6 mm) labels are limited to one line.

To create a two-line label

1.Type the text for the first line, and press Return. A new line character is placed at the end of the first line in the display,

but will not print on the label.

2.Type the text for the second line.

3.Press Print.

Using Symbols and

Special Characters

Symbols and other special characters can be added to your labels.

Adding Symbols

The complete symbol set is shown in Figure 8.

Figure 8

To add a symbol

1.Press Symbol. The first row of symbols shown in Figure 8 appears in the display.

2.Use the arrow keys to move to the desired symbol. The left and right arrows scroll horizontally along the row of symbols. The up and down arrow keys scroll vertically through the rows of symbols.

To quickly see a row of symbols, you can press the letter for the row you want.


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3.When you locate the desired symbol, press OK to add the symbol to your label text.

Adding International Characters

The labelmaker supports the extended Latin character set using RACE technology. Similar to using a mobile phone keypad, if you press a letter multiple times within a very short time, you will scroll through variations of that letter.

For example, if you repeatedly press the letter a, you will see a à á â ã ä å and so on through all the variations available. The order in which the character variations appear depends on the language you have chosen to use.

Printing Options

You can print multiple copies of the same label, print fixed-length labels, review label text and format, and adjust the printing contrast.

Printing Multiple Copies

You can print up to 16 copies of a label at one time. When printing multiple copies, a dotted cut-line is printed between each label.

To print multiple copies of the label

1.Press Extra and then use the arrow keys to set # Copies.

2.Press the Up arrow key to increase the number of copies to print.

3.Press the Down arrow key to begin decreasing the number of copies from 16.

4.Press OK.

5.Press Print to begin printing.

When printing is finished, the number of copies to print returns to the default value of 1.

Setting a Fixed Label Length

Normally, the length of the label is determined by the length of the text entered.

However, you may wish to make a label for a specific purpose that is a fixed length regardless of the length of the text.

You can specify a fixed length for a label in 0.1” (2 mm) increments from 1.5” (40 mm) to 15.0” (400 mm). The preset fixed length is 1.5” (40 mm). Any change you make to the fixed-length setting remains in effect until you change it again.

To set the label length

1.Press Shift-Font/Fixed Length.

2.Use arrow keys to select ON and press OK.

3.Press the Up arrow to increase the length.

4.Press the Down arrow to decrease the length.

5.Press OK to set the fixed length.

6.After you print the label, press Clear to turn off the fixed label length setting; otherwise, all your subsequent labels will print with this fixed length.

Previewing Your Label

You can preview the text or format of your label prior to printing. A two-line label is previewed as a single-line label.

To preview your label

1.Press Extra.

2.Use the Down arrow key to select Print Preview and press OK.

3.Use the arrow keys to select Text or Format.

If you select Text, the text of the label scrolls across the display. If you select Format, the format selected displays briefly.

Aligning the Text

When you print a fixed length label you can choose to align the text at the left, center, or right side of the label.

For two-line labels, both lines of text are aligned left, center, or right relative to each other.

To align the text

1.Press Shift-Frame/Align.

2.Use the arrow keys to select the desired alignment and press OK.


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3. Press Clear to turn off the alignment setting.

Adjusting the Print Contrast

You can adjust the print contrast to fine tune the print quality of your label.

To set the contrast

1.Press Extra.

2.Use the arrow keys to select Set Contrast and press OK.

3.Use the arrow keys to select one of the five contrast settings and press OK.

Caring for Your Labelmaker

Your labelmaker is designed to give you long and trouble-free service, while requiring very little maintenance.

Clean your labelmaker from time to time to keep it working properly.

To clean the cutter blade

1.Remove the tape cassette.

2.Insert the tip of a ball-point pen or pencil between the L-shaped piece and the guide pin.

Insert tip of pen or pencil

Press and hold cutter button

4.Use a cotton swab and alcohol to clean both sides of the blade.

5.Release the cutter lever.

To clean the print head

Wipe print head clean using the cleaning tool located inside the tape compartment lid.

DYMO D1 label cassettes





































































Black/Fluo Green –––––



Black/Fluo Red




Flexible Nylon




Perm. Polyester




US Adapter




Figure 9

3.Press and hold down the cutter lever to expose the cutter blade.


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Review the following possible solutions if you encounter a problem while using your printer.


Problem/Error Message



No Display

• Ensure the printer is turned on.





• Replace discharged batteries.






Poor Print Quality

• Replace discharged batteries.





• Ensure tape cassette is installed properly.





• Clean the print head.





• Replace the tape cassette.






Poor Cutter Performance

Clean the cutter blade.





See Caring for Your Labelmaker. (page 8)







No action required. Message will disappear once





the printing operation is finished.




! Too many lines



Exceeded maximum number of lines allowed

Change layout of label or tape size.




! Too many characters



Exceeded maximum number of characters in buffer

Delete some or all of the buffer text.




! Insert Tape Cassette



Tape cassette missing or empty

Insert a new tape cassette.






Battery low



Batteries almost discharged

Replace batteries or connect DC power adapter.






Tape Jam



Motor is stalled due to tape jam

Remove jammed tape and replace tape cassette.








Following this message, a fixed-length value is


Fixed-length label is selected and the length

displayed which indicates the minimum label


necessary to print the label exceeds the selected length.

length necessary to fit the text. Do one of the










• Adjust the fixed-length label setting





appropriately, or





• Select a narrower font size.






If you still need assistance, contact DYMO Customer Support for your country. The Warranty booklet includes a list of contact numbers for each country.


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This product is CE marked in accordance with the EMC directive and the low voltage directive and is designed to conform with the following international standards:


– EN 60950, IEC 950, UL 1950

EMC emissions

EN 55022 Class B, CIS PR22 Class B, FCC pt15 Sub pt B Class B

EMC immunity

EN50082-1, IEC801-2 & IEC801-3

Although unlikely, it is possible that abnormal behavior may result from electrostatic discharges. In such cases, should normal operation not resume, follow the relevant procedure as detailed in the trouble-shooting section: No response to keys.

The user should avoid directly touching the thermal print head.

Esselte is an ISO 14000 registered company. Plastic components of this printer have been marked to enable final disposal in a manner that is sensitive to the environment.

DYMO Corporation

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LabelMANAGER is a registered trademark of DYMO Corporation. DYMO is a registered trademark of Esselte Corporation. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.