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Brother™ P-touch Label Editor Software

The P-touch label Editor software is powerful - yet very easy to use. The software is compatible with desktop models connected to PC and PC printers. It offers a wide variety of design options and functions to accommodate your labeling needs. The software is available for both Windows® and Macintosh®. With P-touch Editor, you can import existing graphic files (BMP, JPG / JPEG, GIF, TIF/TIFF), or use enhanced symbols or clip-art files included within the P-touch Editor. Create logos or custom art using various texts, drawings, barcodes, images, and calendars. Print barcode labels or other specialty labels either one at a time or print multiple labels in a batch.

New! P-touch Editor Version 5.1 for Windows

Brother recently introduced its new version of P-touch Editor labeling design software. The new version offers many new features.

Startup screen - Provides a more user-friendly screen to easily select the label template needed for your application. Quickly find the template you need from the categories listed.

Templates on the Cloud - As new templates for your model are added by Brother, they will automatically appear for you to download and use. No more checking for template updates - they will appear as soon as they are released.

Tape and Color Detection – For all TZe P-touch label makers, the P-touch editor software will show the label design on the screen in the colors of the tape loaded into your label maker.

New additions to the background feature – Adds the ability to add an image or text as a background pattern to your label. So you can add your company's logo as a background to your labels.

Support for Microsoft ONEDRIVE – Store and retrieve your label designs right in the cloud using the save to ONEDRIVE feature in P-touch editor software.

New Barcode support – Added support for GS1 Databar Composite (for retail industry) and Aztec Barcode (for healthcare industry).

Microsoft Office 2013 – Add-ins are now compatible with Microsoft Office 2013.

Cable and Labeling Wizard – Helps you easily create cable and patch panel labels.

All Brother P-touch PC connectable label makers and Brother QL Label Printers are supported by the new P-touch Editor 5.1 version.

For users of the P-touch Editor 5.0 version, the upgrade is available on the web. Visit http://welcome.solutions.brother.com/bsc/public/SearchResult.aspx?reg=us&c=us&lang=en&FLG=1&TXT=PT,QL,P-TOUCH,TD to select your product model and then click on the downloads link.

Check out our current lineup here.
P-touch models
Brother QL Label Printers

P-touch Editor Add-ins

The software can be linked to a compatible database and has add-ins for Microsoft® Word®, Excel®, and Outlook®, which enables quick and easy label printing from these applications.

This feature allows for data to be imported or copied directly into the label software from the various applications. This is a time saving feature that ensures users do not have to re-type data. This feature is also convenient for sending out mail to large groups of people.

P-touch Editor Library

This function registers the created lbx files by sorting them. You can view the content of the label without having to open it, which allows for simple searching through labels. In addition, you can easily register files individually for each label, or via automatic registration at the time of printing or saving the file.

P-touch Address Book

The P-touch Address Book is the perfect tool for creating a database of contact names for users who do not already have a current contact management tool or database set up.

P-touch Editor Operating Modes

There are three ways to enter label content.

  1. Snap mode lets you print a label at any time. This mode will run a small, basic version of P-touch editor that is easily accessible. (Available for Windows® and Macintosh®)

    Three Features of Snap Mode


    Screen capture: Perfect to capture any text or a section of your computer screen image from any program and use it on a label.

    Direct input: Great for when you just want to print text quickly.

  2. Express Mode (Windows® only) and Standard Mode (Macintosh® only) make it easy to print labels with text, figures, or frames, all with a clean, simple interface.

  3. Professional Mode (Windows® only) allows you to create templates that suit your tasks, while convenient feature buttons provide access to the available features.

P-touch Editor Features

A Wide Variety of Features Available

Text input and editing


Design labels using any TrueType® or OpenType® font installed on your computer, or select one of the dozens of fonts included with the software. Even large fonts will be printed smoothly with no jagged edges.

 Arranged Text

Text can be placed on a shaped line, such as a circle or arc.

Unicode Support

Unicode support allows you to include characters from multiple languages in the same label.

Text Options

With text options such as "Free size", which allows you to create labels without a pre-determined length, and "Line break at set width" for creating labels with a defined size, you can select text options to match the tape you already have or the kind of label you want to create.

Images, figures, and decorative frames

 Screen Capture

Allows you to capture an area of content displayed on your screen and print it. Quickly capture and print an area of the screen, attach it to a notebook and go - this is convenient labelling like you've never seen before. If you are using Snap Mode, this feature can be used with both Windows® and Macintosh®.


Various image data formats, including JPEG, GIF, BMP, and PNG, can be imported, allowing you to create labels that really stand out, complete with a company logo, a profile photo, or whatever the application requires.

 Decorative Frame

A wide variety of frames and patterns can be used to make attractive labels that suit your needs.

 Clip Art

With over 700 clip-art designs to choose from, you're sure to find what you're looking for, whether it is a traditional, practical design or something that is just plain fun!

 Make Picture

This feature makes it easy to create illustrations by combining faces, facial expressions, and bodies into fun designs.

In addition, you can also create shapes like straight lines, rectangles, and ellipses.

Tables, databases, and barcodes


Create tables without leaving the editor. Each cell can contain text, figures, barcodes, etc. This feature makes it easy to create a "Reviewed by" field for in-house documents and other circulated materials.


Use data created with a database program to print continuous data.
Supported database formats:
Windows®: xls, mdb, csv, txt, Microsoft® SQL Server Database
Macintosh®: csv, txt, Mac OS® X Address Book


Allows you to make various types of barcodes.
Supported barcode formats:
CODE39, CODE128, UCC/EAN-128 (GS1-128), ITF (I-2/5), CODABAR (NW-7), UPC-A, UPC-E, JAN13 (EAN13, document JAN code), JAN8 (EAN8), ISBN-2 (EAN13 AddOn2), ISBN-5 (EAN13 AddOn5), POSTNET, Laser Bar Code, GS1 DataBar (RSS)

Two-dimensional barcodes:
PDF417, QR Code, Data matrix, Maxicode, AztecCode, GS-1 Composite

Use your barcode reader to confirm the readability of the barcodes.

Print features


Text and barcodes can be printed consecutively in sequence.

 Date and time

The date and time can be printed on labels easily. Additionally, a specified amount of time can be added to the date and time that is printed, allowing you to make labels displaying an expiration date or time.

Print multiple sheets (Windows® only)

Allows you to print multiple sheets that were created separately in one easy operation, all on the same label roll. This feature saves you time because there is no need to print each sheet separately, plus, related label designs can be collected in one file, which makes data management easier.

Split printing

Allows you to print multiple labels which form your original design when the labels are placed next to each other. Use this feature to create labels with large lettering. Example use:

Other features

Layout style template

Use a previously created template to create a beautifully designed label quickly. Simply select a template, replace the text and images as desired, and print!

Add-in feature (Windows® only)

You can use the configured button to import data from Microsoft® Word®, Excel®, and Outlook® into P-touch Editor. Simply select the desired text or data in one of these programs, click the button, and the content is imported into a label. Great for printing address labels or for printing a quick memo sticker.


You can print calendars onto labels easily.

Link object feature (Windows® only)

When the same text is used multiple times on the same label, this feature allows you to easily change all instances of that text automatically in one operation. Great for printing labels for cabling and wiring.

Ordered object confirmation and correction feature (Professional Mode only)

Displays each individual object used in a label, allowing you to easily select an object for editing even if another object is placed on top of it. You can also change the order of objects, which makes it easy to confirm or change the order of objects when making label templates using the b-PAC*1 or P-touch Template*2 features.

Example use
  • *1: b-PAC is a software development kit (SDK) used for making labels.
  • *2: P-touch Template allows you to save label templates in the printer and then print by sending compatible data from another device and inserting it into the desired template.

Help feature that gives advice and lets you practice using the main features

In addition to helping you solve any problems you may experience, the help feature also has a practice mode. This mode teaches you how to create labels using the main features of P-touch Editor by following the information displayed on the screen, and can help you increase your overall proficiency at using the software.

Barcode Label Printing

What are barcodes?
A barcode is a symbology that traditionally consists of parallel lines varying in widths and spaces combined with numeric, alphanumeric or other characters. Today, barcodes may also consist of patterns of dots, concentric circles and can come hidden within images.

Barcode printing is a convenient feature offered on the Brother Label Printers that allows for customized barcodes to be created quickly and easily on demand.

What are the benefits of printing barcodes?
The barcode printing feature is included in the user-friendly but powerful P-touch Editor label creation software that comes with the Brother Label printers. Users can print barcodes from Microsoft Excel® and database files. This means the user saves money from not having to buy separate software to print barcodes.

Which barcodes can each model print?
All models in the Brother Label Printer range can print a range of barcodes using the P-touch Editor label creation software that is included with the machines. Below is a table which indicates the barcode type each model can print.

What are the different barcode types and when are they used?

There are many different barcode symbologies and selecting the right one will depend on the type of application that it will be used for. The table below outlines the various types which may be printed on the Brother Label Printer and the applications it can be used for.