How to Sort and Identify Mixed Labels: A Practical Guide

How to Sort and Identify Mixed Labels: A Practical Guide

Written by: Kelly Chen



Time to read 2 min

Have you ever found yourself in a situation where all your labels are mixed together and no one knows how to distinguish between them? If so, you’re not alone. This is a common issue many businesses face. But don’t worry—I’m here to share some helpful methods for accurately finding and classifying the labels you need.

1.Sorting by Type and Purpose

The first step in sorting mixed labels is to categorize them by their type and intended purpose. This could include:

  • Size: Group labels by their dimensions. Each Betckey label has its size printed on the back, making it easier to quickly identify and retrieve the right label.
  • Color: Separate labels based on their color to streamline the selection process.Shape: Group together labels of similar shapes.
  • Use: Categorize labels by their specific uses, such as shipping labels, barcode labels, or price tags.
Sorting by Type and Purpose

2.Using Designated Storage Containers

To keep your labels organized, use designated storage containers or compartments. Clearly labeling these containers enhances organization and accessibility. For example, you can have separate bins for:

  • Shipping Labels
  • Barcode Labels
  • Custom Labels

3.Distinguishing Between Similar-Looking Labels

Sometimes, you may encounter labels that look very similar, especially if they have the same size printed on the back. For instance, Zebra 4x6 labels and Dymo 4x6 labels can be confusing. Here’s how to tell them apart:

Check for a Proprietary Hole: Dymo LabelWriter printer check for a 1/8" gap and a proprietary hole (eye mark) in the liner. Zebra labels do not have this marking. Therefore, if you see a hole on the liner, it’s a Dymo label. If there is no hole, it’s a Zebra label.

Why Dymo labels have holes in the middle of the label?

Dymo LabelWriter printer need a special cut-out hole on each label. If the hole isn't there, the printer won't print. The printer uses a laser sensor to find this hole, and without it, the Dymo LabelWriter printer just won't print the labels.

Dymo Labels VS Zebra Labels


By following these sorting techniques and identification methods, you can effectively manage your label collection, saving time and reducing frustration. Ensure you use appropriate storage containers and understand the compatibility between different label types and printers.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Use Dymo Labels In A Zebra Label Printer?

Yes, you can use Betckey Dymo labels in a Zebra label printer. Zebra printers do not require the special hole found in Dymo label

Can I Use Zebra Labels In A Dymo Printer?

No, you cannot use Zebra labels in a Dymo printer. Dymo printers require a special die-cut hole on each label; without it, the printer will not print.