Set up bar code mask characters (Retail essentials) [AX 2012]

Updated: April 30, 2014

Applies To: Microsoft Dynamics AX 2012 R3

This topic explains how to set up characters for bar code masks. These alphabetical characters are replaced with numbers when Retail essentials uses a bar code mask to generate a bar code. A single mask character can add several characters to a bar code; for example, a mask character can represent an item number that contains multiple characters.


If you create bar codes manually, you do not have to set up mask characters or masks. However, if you create a bar code manually for a product, and a bar code mask has been set up for that product, mask validation is performed only on the check digit.

To set up mask characters for bar codes, follow these steps:

  1. Click Retail essentials > Inventory management > Setup > Bar codes and labels > Mask characters.

  2. Press CTRL+N to create a new bar code mask character.

  3. In the Type field, select the type of mask character. Then, in the Character field, type a letter between A and Z.

  4. In the Description field, type a description of the mask character.


In Retail essentials, the form that you use to complete this task includes a subset of the controls that are available for other configurations of Retail. If a topic about this form describes controls that you don't see, it may be because you’re using Retail essentials.

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