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HOW TO: Professional looking labels or placards using a DYMO LableManager 420P

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I recently bought a DYMO LabelManager 420P at a killer price, 46% off the price when I added it to my watch list a couple of years ago.

DYMO Label Maker with Adapter | LabelManager 420P High-Performance Label Maker, Rechargeable, PC and Mac Connectivity, Bright Backlit Display, Easy-to-Use, Portable, for Home & Office Organization

I also ordered a case, which is quite nice::

Case Compatible with DYMO Label Maker LabelManager 160/280 Portable Label Maker, Label Printer Storage Organizer for AC Adapter, Tape Cartirdges and More Accessories(Box Only) Black

I was hoping to be able to match the existing font and style of my Oliver switch placards. I was able to measure the size and track down the font.


I added the Helvetica Medium Condensed font to my iMac and was unable to access it using the DYMO lable software, drat. However, I did find out that the basic onboard font preloaded into the tool makes for very nice labels that look similar to this, the bonus is that you can sit inside the trailer and make them there. No computer hookup needed.

If anyone wants to try the proper one, I have attached it as a "otf" file below. You double click to launch the font installer on an iMac. I do NOT know if it will work on "Some Other Mac" aka a PC.

Helvetica Medium Condensed.otf


Previously I would make a label using the iMac, print it, cut it, laminate it, cut it out again using a flat paper cutter, and stick it down with double sided tape. It worked but was a true PITA and it did not look great. So I replaced a few of those:




And added some new ones.




I am pleased. I used the generic tape, not the DYMO ones, because they are 20% the cost. If you wanted to ensure that they would stay on a long time, you could add some clear (not transparent) Scotch tape over them. All these were done on the 1/2" Black on White tape, the tool will handle up to 3/4" (four lines)

DYMO LM420P UserGuide.pdf

John Davies

Spokane WA


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