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USER'S GUIDE
• Read this User's Guide before you start using your P-touch.
• Keep this User's Guide in a handy place for future reference.

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  • Page 1 1800 USER’S GUIDE • Read this User’s Guide before you start using your P-touch. • Keep this User’s Guide in a handy place for future reference.
  • Page 2 Thank you for purchasing the P-touch 1800! Your new P-touch will allow you to create labels and stamps for any need. Its versatility enables you to design custom labels by choosing from a variety of frame designs and from many characters sizes and styles. In addition, the four tape widths (1/4” (6 mm), 3/8” (9 mm), 1/2”...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Getting Started GENERAL DESCRIPTION... 2 GENERAL PRECAUTIONS ... 4 BATTERIES... 5 OPTIONAL AC ADAPTOR ... 6 TAPE CASSETTE... 7 ATTACHING LABELS... 8 PRINT HEAD & ROLLERS ... 12 Learning the Ropes DOOR LABEL EXAMPLE... 14 ADDRESS LABEL EXAMPLE ... 18 For Your Information POWER KEY ...
  • Page 4 TAPE MARGIN FUNCTION... 63 HORIZONTAL ALIGNMENT FUNCTION... 65 MIRROR PRINTING FUNCTION ... 66 LENGTH FUNCTION ... 67 PRINT KEY & FEED FUNCTION ... 69 NUMBERING FUNCTION... 70 REPEAT PRINTING FUNCTION... 72 MEMORY FUNCTIONS ... 74 TROUBLESHOOTING ... 78 ERROR MESSAGE LIST ... 79 SPECIFICATIONS...
  • Page 5: Getting Started

    Getting Started...
  • Page 6: General Description

    GENERAL DESCRIPTION TOP VIEW Keyboard BOTTOM VIEW Tape cutter lever Battery compartment cover Tape compartment cover AC adaptor connector LCD display Tape exit slot...
  • Page 7: Power Key

    KEYBOARD & LCD DISPLAY Mirror Print Font Size ¡ Symbol Accent Caps Shift Font 1 Font 2 Width Style Underline Frame ¢ Tab Length Tape Length A.Format Align ç Ç Feed Code Space Return key Power key Auto Length Underline Frame Memory Store...
  • Page 8: General Precautions

    GENERAL PRECAUTIONS • Use only Brother TZ tapes with this machine. Do not use tapes that do not have the mark. • Do not pull on the tape being fed from the P-Touch. This may damage the tape cas- sette.
  • Page 9: Batteries

    This lightweight and portable machine can be used anywhere by installing six (6) AA alkaline batteries. When you change the batteries, always replace all six at the same time. To change the batteries: Remove the battery compartment cover on the back of the machine. If batteries are already installed, remove them.
  • Page 10: Optional Ac Adaptor

    OPTIONAL AC ADAPTOR The AC adaptor (model AD-60) allows you to use this machine wherever there is an elec- trical outlet. To connect the optional AC adaptor: Insert the plug on the adaptor cord into the connector marked DC IN 9.5V on the right side of the machine.
  • Page 11: Tape Cassette

    A single TZ tape cassette is supplied with this unit. However, since TZ tape cassettes are available for this machine in a wide variety of colors and sizes, it is possible to make dis- tinctive color-coded and stylized labels. In addition, this machine has been designed to allow you to change the tape cassettes quickly and easily.
  • Page 12: Attaching Labels

    LAMINATED TAPE The enclosed stick enables you to easily remove the backing from labels printed on lami- nated tapes. Hold the tape in your left hand, with the printed surface facing up, and hold the stick in your right hand. Pass the tape halfway through the long narrow hole in the stick.
  • Page 13 INSTANT-LETTERING TAPE (RUB-ON TRANSFERS) Instant-lettering tape is used to transfer your text onto paper. After printing the text onto instant-lettering tape and cutting off the label, position the label on a sheet of paper. By simply rubbing the instant lettering tape’s non-printed side with the enclosed stick, you can transfer the text directly onto the paper.
  • Page 14 White garments made from 100% cotton with a plain (smooth) surface are best for iron-on transfers. You can also make transfers to garments made from 100% linen or cotton and polyester mix as long as they have a plain (smooth) surface. The label will not adhere properly to any cloth with a rough surface, such as pile or denim, or with a waterproof surface.
  • Page 15 Ironing: Iron garments with transfers using normal temperature settings. Be sure to place a piece of cloth between the iron and the label when you iron over it to prevent the label from sticking to the iron. The labels are non-toxic, however, please maintain the usual precautions, such as not placing them in your mouth, etc.
  • Page 16: Print Head & Rollers

    PRINT HEAD & ROLLERS Occasionally, specks of dust or dirt become attached to the machine’s print head and rollers. This is particularly likely when you are using the unit outdoors or in a very dusty environment. If a section of the print head is covered with dust, a blank horizontal streak may appear through the label text.
  • Page 17: Learning The Ropes

    Learning the Ropes...
  • Page 18: Door Label Example

    After you have inserted the batteries and the enclosed tape cassette as explained in the Getting Started chapter, let’s practice using some of the basic functions of your P-touch. We must first begin by turning on the power to the machine. To turn on the machine: Press hand corner of the keyboard.
  • Page 19: Entering The Text

    ENTERING THE TEXT Since all of the text will be in capital letters, we will use the Caps mode, which allows us to type capital letters continuously without holding down To enter Caps mode: Hold down Caps once. The Caps indicator on the left side of the display lights up.
  • Page 20 To add a space: Feed Press Type the second word, “ROOM”, to finish the text. To type in “ROOM”: Align Press then once. Since the text is longer than the LCD display, “ME” moves off the display to the left. Now that we are finished entering capital letters, we can exit Caps mode.
  • Page 21 PRINTING THE TEXT Several format settings are available, however, in this example we will use the default set- tings pre-programmed into the machine and print out our label. To print the door label: Mirror Press “COPIES 1/1” appears while the label is being printed.
  • Page 22: Address Label Example

    ADDRESS LABEL EXAMPLE While making the multi-line address label in this example, we will learn how to create more decorative labels using the various format settings. Three-line labels, such as this address label, can only be printed on either 1/2” (12-mm)- or 3/4”...
  • Page 23 ENTERING THE TEXT Let’s begin by typing in the first row of text, the name “Bill Reynolds”. To type in “Bill Reynolds”: Hold down once, then release Repeat once, then Feed Press Type in “Reynolds”. Again, the text is longer than the LCD display.
  • Page 24 Now, we can enter the address: 29 South Main St.; Los Angeles, CA 88888. To type in the address: Type “29 South Main St.”, then press Type “Los Angeles, CA 88888”. FORMATTING THE TEXT Now the text has been entered as we wish. If it were printed, the standard default settings would be used.
  • Page 25 While still holding down , continue pressing Font until BRUSSELS is dis- Á played, and then release To select the ROUND frame setting: While holding down Frame press once, and keep held down to display the current frame setting. While still holding down continue pressing ROUND is displayed, and then...
  • Page 26 Different format settings can be chosen either before or after the text is entered. The pro- cedure shown above can be used to change the other format settings. PRINTING THE TEXT If we want only one copy of the text, we could just press let’s assume that we have three letters onto which we wish to attach address labels.
  • Page 27 Push down on the tape cutter lever to cut the tape, then use scissors to cut along the cutting guide to separate the labels. With these examples, we have covered many of the basic features of your P-touch so that you can begin creating your own customized labels.
  • Page 29: For Your Information

    For Your Information...
  • Page 30: Power Key

    The power key ( teries have been installed or the machine has been plugged in using the optional AC adaptor, the previous session’s information is displayed when the machine is turned on. This feature allows you to stop work on a label, turn off the machine, and return to it later without having to re-enter the text.
  • Page 31: Cursor Keys

    The machine’s LCD display shows two rows of 11 characters; however, the text that you create can be up to 99 characters long. You can review and edit your text by using the cursor keys to move the cursor so that different parts are shown in the display. LEFT CURSOR KEY To move the cursor one character to the left: Press...
  • Page 32 UP CURSOR KEY To move the cursor up to the previous line: Press once. Home If the cursor is in the first line of text, it will move to the beginning of the line. To move the cursor up several lines: Hold down until the cursor moves to the desired position.
  • Page 33: Code, Alt & Shift Keys

    CODE, ALT & SHIFT KEYS Most characters can be entered simply by pressing their keys. However, to use special functions or to enter capital letters, accented characters and some symbols, the following special keys are necessary. CODE KEY To use a function printed above a key: Hold down EXAMPLE To start the Symbol function:...
  • Page 34 ALT KEY To type in characters printed in color on the right-hand side of the keys: Symbol Hold down and press the key of the desired character written in color. The Alt indicator on the left side of the display lights up while EXAMPLE To type in “–”: Symbol...
  • Page 35 SHIFT KEY To type in a capital letter or a symbol printed in the top left-hand corner of a key: Caps Hold down and press the key of the desired letter or symbol. EXAMPLE To type in “%”: Hold down The Caps mode is similar to holding down tinuously.
  • Page 36: Space Key

    Feed The Space key ( different from the right cursor key ( blank spaces. To add a space: Feed Press EXAMPLE To add a space: Feed Press SPACE KEY ) lets you add blank spaces between characters in your text. It is ), which just moves the cursor without adding Caps Font 1 Font 2...
  • Page 37: Return Key

    Like on a typewriter or word processor, this machine’s return key ( end a line of text and start another one. When you have finished entering one line, press the return key to make a new line and move the cursor to it. A single block can only contain a maximum of three text lines.
  • Page 38: Tab Function

    This function allows you to separate sections of a line of text by adding tabs. This enables you to create perfectly aligned columns without having to type in several spaces. All tabs have the same length and are measured from either the beginning of the line or the previ- ous tab if there is more than one.
  • Page 39 the label shown below will be printed. A B C J K L M N O P Q R S T Margin Tab (2 inch) EXAMPLE To set the tab length to 1”: Hold down Tab Length once. Press until 1.0 is displayed. Press To add a tab: Hold down...
  • Page 40: Delete Key

    Clear The delete key ( ) allows you to remove characters to the left of the cursor’s current position. It differs from the left cursor key ( deleting any characters. The delete key can also be used to quit most functions and return to the previous display without changing the text.
  • Page 41: Line Out Function

    With the Line Out function, you can easily remove an entire line of text. To delete a line of text: Press you wish to delete. Hold down Line Out Each time deleted. EXAMPLE To delete “012-345-6789”: Hold down Line Out once.
  • Page 42: Clear Function

    When clearing the display before entering new text, the Clear function can be used to choose whether all of the text is erased and all format functions (Font, Size, Width, Style, Underline, Frame, Tape margin, Alignment, Tab length, Mirror printing, and Length) are returned to their default settings, or whether just the text is erased.
  • Page 43 Press To delete just the text: Hold down Press Home To return to the text without erasing anything, press Press EXAMPLE To clear just the text: Hold down Clear Caps Font 1 Font 2 Clear and press until TEXT ONLY is selected (flashing). Caps Font 1 Font 2 and press...
  • Page 44 Press until TEXT ONLY is flashing. Press Caps Font 1 Font 2 Caps Font 1 Font 2 T E X T & F O R M A T S T E X T O N L Y 1: _ Auto Length Underline Frame...
  • Page 45: Accent Function

    The Accent function can also be used to add accented characters to your text. Many of these characters can also be typed in using the Symbol function. The accented characters are grouped according to the capital or small letter that they are combined with.
  • Page 46 EXAMPLE To add the accented character “É”: Hold down Accent Hold down Tape Press until É flashes. Press and press Caps Font 1 Font 2 Caps and press Caps Font 1 Font 2 Caps Font 1 Font 2 Caps Font 1 Font 2 Auto a - u / A - U ? 1: R E S U M _...
  • Page 47: Symbol Function

    In addition to the letters, symbols and numerals on the key tops, there are 53 additional marks available with the Symbol function. The following symbols are available: Group To type in a symbol: Hold down Press Home until the desired symbol flashes. Press .
  • Page 48 EXAMPLE To add the symbol “ Hold down Symbol Press Home row containing “ then press “ ” flashes. Press ”: and press Caps Font 1 Font 2 until the ” appears, until Caps Font 1 Font 2 Caps Font 1 Font 2 Auto ü...
  • Page 49: Auto Format Function

    AUTO FORMAT FUNCTION With the Auto Format function, you can select from a variety of preset formats perfect for your specific need. This function automatically adjusts the label length, tape margins and horizontal alignment without changing the text or any other formats, allowing you to cre- ate labels faster and easier.
  • Page 50 Press to apply the selected setting. The Length indicator lights up if any setting other than DEFAULT is selected. EXAMPLE To select the AUDIO setting: Hold down A.Format Press Home AUDIO setting is displayed. Press and press Caps Font 1 Font 2 until the Caps Font 1 Font 2...
  • Page 51: Stamp Function

    The Stamp function allows you to quickly and easily create your own stamp stencil films for customized stamps. Select this function to automatically center the text and adjust the tape length and margins to a perfect format for the pre-inked stamp film holders. Since the stamp holder is reusable, just make a new stamp stencil film and replace the one in the holder.
  • Page 52 Press Mirror Press Push down on the tape cutter lever to cut the stamp stencil film. To affix a stamp: Remove the stamp frame from around the stamp film holder ink pad, one side at a time, then remove the protective seal covering the ink pad and the backing paper from the stamp stencil film.
  • Page 53 Hold the end of the stamp stencil film in place with your thumb, then pass the tape through the guides while pulling it tight. Fold the other end of the stamp stencil film over the other side of the stamp film holder and hold it in place with your finger.
  • Page 54 Insert the stamp film holder straight into its cap. Be sure that the stamp is correctly covered in order to prevent ink spills.
  • Page 55: Size & Width Functions

    SIZE & WIDTH FUNCTIONS The character size can be adjusted using both the Size and Width functions. Since the character size that can be used depends on the width of the tape, the following table shows the character sizes that can be used with each tape width. Tape widths 1/2”...
  • Page 56 Size setting (in Width function OFF points) To change the size setting: While holding down play the current size setting. While still holding down ting is displayed and is shown by the size indicator. The current character size setting is also shown by the size indicator above the display.
  • Page 57 EXAMPLE To select the 24 point size setting: While holding down Size press held down. While still holding down continue pressing displayed. Release To turn on or off the Width function: While holding down play the current width setting. While still holding down setting is displayed.
  • Page 58 EXAMPLE To turn on the Width function: While holding down Width press held down. While still holding down continue pressing displayed. Release once, and keep Caps Font 1 Font 2 Width until ON is Caps Font 1 Font 2 Auto W I D E O F F Auto...
  • Page 59: Style Function

    You can choose from nine different character styles to apply to your text. Characters printed using the smaller sizes may be difficult to read if certain style settings (e.g., I+SHADOW) are selected. The following style settings are available: NORMAL BOLD OUTLINE SHADOW ITALIC...
  • Page 60 While still holding down continue pressing I+SHADOW is displayed. Release Style until S T Y L E I + S H A D O W Caps Font 1 Font 2 Auto Length Underline Frame...
  • Page 61 REFERENCE Font setting HELSINKI BRUSSELS Font setting HELSINKI BRUSSELS Font setting HELSINKI BRUSSELS Style setting NORMAL Style setting SHADOW Style setting I+OUTLINE I+SHADOW BOLD OUTLINE ITALIC I+BOLD VERTICAL...
  • Page 62: Underline Function

    UNDERLINE FUNCTION You can emphasize your text by underlining it. The default underline setting is OFF. When the Underline function is set to ON, the Underline indicator on the right side of the display lights up. To turn on or off the Underline function: While holding down play the current underline setting.
  • Page 63: Font Function

    With the Font function, you can choose one of two fonts for your text. The following font settings are available: HELSINKI and BRUSSELS The default font setting is HELSINKI. The currently selected font setting is always shown by the Font indicators below the display. Refer to Reference at the end of this section for samples of the available settings.
  • Page 64 REFERENCE REFERENCE Font Display Font sample setting indicator HELSINKI Font 1 BRUSSELS Font 2...
  • Page 65: Frame Function

    With the Frame function, you can choose from various frames and highlights to design a more decorative or emphasized label. The following Frame settings are available: OFF, ROUND, CANDY, POINTING, NAMEPLATE, DOT The default frame setting is OFF; however, other settings are also available. When any setting other than OFF is selected, the Frame indicator on the right side of the display lights up.
  • Page 66 REFERENCE REFERENCE Frame Frame sample setting ROUND CANDY Frame Frame sample setting POINT- NAME- PLATE...
  • Page 67: Tape Margin Function

    TAPE MARGIN FUNCTION The Tape margin function allows you to adjust the size of the margins on the left and right sides of your text. The default tape margin setting is FULL; however, three other settings are also available. FULL (1 1/24”...
  • Page 68 EXAMPLE To select the HALF tape margin setting: While holding down Tape press held down. While still holding down continue pressing is displayed. Release once, and keep Caps Font 1 Font 2 Tape until HALF Caps Font 1 Font 2 Auto F E E D F U L L...
  • Page 69: Horizontal Alignment Function

    HORIZONTAL ALIGNMENT FUNCTION You can choose to align the text in one of three ways. In addition, if the Length function was used to set the length of the label, the text will align within the label according to the selected horizontal alignment setting.
  • Page 70: Mirror Printing Function

    MIRROR PRINTING FUNCTION With this function, you can print your text so that the characters can be read from the tape side of the tape. If mirror-printed labels are attached to glass or some other clear material, they can be read correctly from the opposite side. When using the Mirror printing function, the text should be printed on clear tape.
  • Page 71: Length Function

    Although the length of the printed label automatically adjusts to fit the length of the entered text, there may be times when you will want to make a label with a specific length. The Length function allows you to set the label length between 1.6” and 11.8” (4.0 cm and 30.0 cm).
  • Page 72 EXAMPLE To select a label length of 5”: While holding down down. L E N G T H Caps Font 1 Font 2 While still holding down continue pressing displayed. Release Press Home until 5.0 is displayed. Press , press Auto Length i n c h...
  • Page 73: Print Key & Feed Function

    PRINT KEY & FEED FUNCTION After you have entered your text and chosen the desired format settings, you are ready to print. To print a label: Mirror Press once. The message “COPIES” followed by the number of the label being printed is displayed. If NONE tape setting is selected and the tape is immediately, some printed characters will be cut off.
  • Page 74: Numbering Function

    NUMBERING FUNCTION This function can be used to print many copies of the same text while increasing a certain number in the text by 1 after each label is printed. To use the Numbering function: Press you wish to increase. Hold down in the display.
  • Page 75 Hold down Number Width Press Mirror Press C O P I E S 1 / 3 Caps Font 1 Font 2 C O P I E S 3 / 3 Caps Font 1 Font 2 Press in the tape cutter lever to cut the tape, then use scissors to cut along the cutting guide to separate the labels.
  • Page 76: Repeat Printing Function

    REPEAT PRINTING FUNCTION This function allows you to print up to 9 copies of the same text. To use the Repeat printing function: Hold down the display. Press the number key ( To cancel the Repeat printing, hold down Clear just Mirror Press...
  • Page 77 Width Press Mirror Press C O P I E S 1 / 3 Caps Font 1 Font 2 C O P I E S 3 / 3 Caps Font 1 Font 2 Press down on the tape cutter lever to cut the tape, and then use scissors to cut along the cutting guide to separate the labels.
  • Page 78: Memory Functions

    You can use the memory to store your most frequently used text files. The text remains in the memory, even after all characters are removed from the display using the Clear func- tion (holding down When each file is stored, it is given a number to make recalling it easier. Up to 9 text files or about 300 characters can be stored in the memory.
  • Page 79 To overwrite the stored file with the new one: Press to delete the previously stored file and store the new one under the selected number. To go back and choose another file number without overwriting the text file, Clear press , and then press the key of a different file number.
  • Page 80 Font Press the key ( Á delete. The text stored under the selected file number is shown. To see other parts of the selected text file, press To display the text stored under other file numbers, press the key of a different file number. To cancel the Memory delete function without deleting the text file, hold down Press...
  • Page 81 Style Press Press To delete the text stored under file number 4: Hold down M.Del Style Press Press R E C A L L [ 4 ] J o h n S m i t Caps Font 1 Font 2 1: J o h n S m i t h Caps Font 1 Font 2...
  • Page 82: Troubleshooting

    Problem 1. The display stays blank after you have turned on the machine. 2. The machine does not print or the printed characters are blurred. 3. The text files that you stored in the memory are no longer there. 4. The printed characters formed properly.
  • Page 83: Error Message List

    ERROR MESSAGE LIST Error Message 3 LINE LIMIT! BATTERIES WEAK! BUFFER EMPTY! BUFFER FULL! Cause • This message appears if three lines already exist when you press • This message appears when the installed alka- line batteries become weak. • This message appears if you hold down Length and press...
  • Page 84 Error Message CAN’T HERE! CHANGE ADAPTOR CUTTER ERROR! INVAL. CHRS! LENGTH LIMIT! Cause • This message appears if the cursor is at the end of the text when you hold down and press Number • This message appears if a high-voltage adaptor is being used.
  • Page 85 Error Message LINE LIMIT! MEMORY FULL! FILES! NUMBER TOO SMALL! PROBLEM! REPLACE BATTERIES! SYSTEM ERROR! Cause • This message appears if the number of lines in the text is greater than the maximum number lines possible for the installed tape. •...
  • Page 86 Error Message TAPE! LIMIT! TEXT TOO HIGH! TEXT TOO LONG! Cause • This message appears if you try to print a label or feed the tape when no tape cassette is installed. • This message appears if 50 tabs have already been added to the text when you press •...
  • Page 87: Specifications

    HARDWARE Input Device: Keyboard - 51 keys LCD: 5 dots 12 characters 17 indicators Print Tape: Pressure-sensitive, Adhesive-based 26’ 3” (8 m) long Four widths available: Power Supply: Six AA alkaline batteries (AM3, LR6) or optional AC adaptor Auto power-off if no key is pressed for 5 minutes Print Head: 128 dot / 180 dpi Dimensions:...
  • Page 88: Accessories

    Supplies Obtain tape cassettes from your nearest authorized dealer. Use only Brother TZ tapes with this machine. Brother cannot be held responsible for trouble caused by the use of unauthorized supplies. Do not use tapes that do not have the mark.
  • Page 89 Stock No. 9 mm (3/8”) TZ121 Black Characters on Clear Tape TZ221 Black Characters on White Tape TZ222 Red Characters on White Tape TZ223 Blue Characters on White Tape TZ325 White Characters on Black Tape 6 mm (1/4”) TZ111 Black Characters on Clear Tape TZ211 Black Characters on White Tape TZ315...
  • Page 90 Iron on transfer tape Stock No. 18 mm (3/4”) TZIY41 Black Characters Security tape Stock No. 18 mm (3/4”) TZSE4 Black Characters on White Tape Fabric tape Stock No. 12 mm (1/2”) TZFA3 Blue Characters on White Tape Stamp kit/holder Stock No.
  • Page 91 Printed in China LA1699001...

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