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  • Brand: Brother
  • Product: Label Printer
  • Model/name: PT-2430PC
  • Filetype: PDF
  • Available languages: English

Table of Contents

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Printed in China
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*The name of other software or products used in this document are trademarks or registered trademarks of the respective
companies that developed them.
Thank you for choosing the PT-2430PC. Your new P-touch labeler uses P-touch Editor Lite software, which is already installed on your labeler.
There is no need to install any software or drivers onto your PC in order to make creative labels. This manual includes important precautionary
information and simple instructions for operating your new P-touch labeler. Be sure to read the instructions before use and use the product in ac-
cordance with these instructions. Keep this manual handy for future reference.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Declaration of Conformity (For USA Only)
Responsible Party: Brother International Corporation 100 Somerset Corporate Boulevard Bridgewater, NJ 08807-0911 USA
TEL: (908) 704-1700
declares that the product: Product Name: P-touch Labeler PT-2430PC
Model Number: PT-2430PC
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to the following two conditions: (1) this device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must accept any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These
limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and
can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to cor-
rect the interference by one or more of the following measures:
- Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
- Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
- Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
- Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
- Changes or modifications not expressly approved by Brother Industries, Ltd. could void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
- The enclosed interface cable should be used in order to ensure compliance with the limits for a Class B digital device.
General Precautions
• Always use the specified voltage and the included AC adapter (AD-24ES) for this machine to prevent any damage or failure.
• Unplug the power cord immediately and stop using the P-touch labeler during an electrical storm. There may be a remote risk of electric shock from lightning.
• Do not use the AC adapter in places of high humidity such as bathrooms.
• Do not overload the power cord.
• Do not place heavy objects on, or damage the power cord or plug. Do not forcibly bend or pull the power cord. When disconnecting the power cord from the power outlet, al-
ways hold the plug.
• To prevent fire or electric shock, make sure that the plug is fully inserted to the power outlet. Do not use an outlet that is loose.
• Do not get the machine/AC adapter/power plug wet, such as by handling them with wet hands or spilling beverages on to them.
• Do not disassemble or modify P-touch labeler/AC adapter/batteries.
• Do not use metallic articles, such as tweezers or a metallic pen, when exchanging the batteries.
• Do not throw into fire or heat up the battery.
• Disconnect the AC adapter, remove batteries and stop using immediately if you notice any abnormal odor, heat, discoloration, deformation or anything unusual while in use, or
in storage.
• To avoid injuries, do not touch the blade of the cutter unit or any metal parts near the print head.
• Remove the batteries and disconnect the AC adapter if you do not intend to use P-touch labeler for an extended period of time.
• Do not use old and new batteries together or mix alkaline batteries with other type batteries, or set the positive and negative end in the wrong position. Otherwise, the batter-
ies may leak or be damaged.
• To prevent damage or breakage, do not drop or hit P-touch labeler/AC adapter.
• Use only the USB cable included with the P-touch labeler.
• Depending on the location, material, and environmental conditions, the label may unpeel or become irremovable, the color of the label may change or be transferred to other
objects. Before applying the label, check the environmental condition and the material.
• Do not use the P-touch labeler in any way or for any purpose not described in this guide. Doing so may result in accidents or damage the machine.
• Use only Brother TZ tapes with this machine. Do not use tapes that do not have the mark.
• Do not clean P-touch labeler with alcohol or other organic solvents. Only use a soft, dry cloth.
• Do not touch the print head with your fingers anytime to prevent from a burn. Use a soft wipe (e.g. a cotton swab) when cleaning the print head.
• Do not put any foreign objects into the tape exit slot or AC adapter connector, etc.
• Do not place the P-touch labeler/battery in direct sunlight or rain, near heaters or other hot appliances, in any location exposed to extremely high or low temperatures (e.g. on
the dashboard or in the back of your car), high humidity, or dusty locations.
• Do not try to print labels using an empty tape cassette in the P-touch labeler. Doing so will damage the print head.
• Do not pull the tape being fed from the P-touch labeler, otherwise the tape cassette or P-touch labeler may be damaged.
Insert a tape
Close the cassette
Verify that the P-touch labeler is
turned off. Open the cassette cover
as shown by the arrow in the above
illustration while pressing the part
marked "<<".
Insert a tape cassette as shown in
the above illustration.
• Make sure that the end of the tape feeds under the tape guides.
• If the ink ribbon is loose, use your finger to wind the toothed
wheel in the direction of the arrow on the cassette.
• Use only Brother tapes with the P-touch labeler.
• For initial use of the tape, install the tape. Then, push in the feed
and cut button to cut the tape.
• Make sure that the release lever is up when closing the tape cover.
The tape cover cannot be closed if the release lever is pressed down.
Connect the P-touch labeler's power supply.
When using the included AC adapter (AD-
24ES), insert the plug on the adapter cord
into the adapter jack on the bottom end of the
P-touch labeler. Insert the plug into the near-
est standard electrical outlet.
Auto Power Off Function
When the P-touch labeler is operating on battery power only,
it will turn off automatically if not used for a period of 20 min-
utes. The message “Unsafe Removal of Device” may be
displayed depending on the Operating System running on
your PC. Any data being displayed will be saved. When you
turn the labeler back on, click on the Editor Lite icon to re-
sume creating your label.
Connect the USB cable and start P-touch Editor Lite.
When using
Windows Vista®
When connecting the device for the first time, perform the
scan and then select the Always do this for software and
games check box on the dialog box displayed when the
scan completes. P-touch Editor Lite will start automatically
the next time you connect the P-touch labeler.
How to disconnect the P-touch
If you would like to use the more advanced software that is available for your P-touch labeler,
you are able to install P-touch Editor 5.0 from the included CD-ROM. This advanced software
will give you greater label making functionality.
Do not connect the P-touch labeler to your PC before you begin the P-touch Edi-
tor 5.0 installation. For details on how to install P-touch Editor 5.0, see the in-
stallation guide in the included CD-ROM.
Starting P-touch Editor 5.0
Getting Ready
Review the names of P-touch labeler parts. Install a tape cassette.
The PT-2430PC has 2 mode selector settings - “EL” and “E”. The mode selector
switch is pre-set at the factory to the EL mode, for use with P-touch Editor Lite. For
E mode, you will need to install P-touch Editor 5.0, a more advanced labeling soft-
ware, and the required drivers from the enclosed CD. For details on how to install
the P-touch Editor 5.0, see “Starting P-touch Editor 5.0” below.
Connect the
USB cable.
Turn on the P-touch labeler.
The LED lamp will light up.
XP User
For details on using
P-touch Editor Lite,
see the back of this
P-touch Editor Lite
starts immediately.
2000 User
Windows Vista®
Go to My Computer and open Removable Disk, then
start P-touch Editor Lite by double-clicking PTLITE10.
Pop-up Window
Appears. Select
P-touch Editor
Lite and click OK.
Pop-up Window
Appears. Click
P-touch Editor
Exit P-touch Editor Lite by clicking on the at the top
To disconnect the labeler, click the icon in the computer’s
task bar ( , , or ).
Click Safely remove USB Mass Storage Device.
When The device can be safely removed is displayed,
turn off the P-touch labeler and disconnect the USB ca-
It will take longer than usu-
al to start P-touch Editor
Lite when connecting P-touch
labeler to your computer for the
first time. If the software does
not start automatically when you
connect the machine, you may
launch it from My Computer.
Start P-touch Editor Lite by dou-
ble-clicking PTLITE10.EXE.
Open the cassette
Do not turn off the power or remove the labeler while
using P-touch Editor Lite.
When using the P-touch labeler with
batteries, insert six new AA alkaline
batteries (LR6), making sure that
their poles point in the correct direc-
tions. Always replace all six batter-
ies at the same time using brand
new ones.
Move the mode selec-
tor switch on the back
of the P-touch labeler
to the “E” position be-
fore connecting the
USB cable.
LED lamp
Tape exit slot
AC adapter (included)
Mode selector
USB port
Print head
Tape cutter
Feed & Cut button
Release Lever
International ENERGY STAR®
Compliance Statement
The purpose of the International ENERGY STAR®
Program is to
promote the development and popularization of energy-efficient of-
fice equipment.
Partner, Brother Industries, Ltd. has deter-
mined that this product meets the ENERGY STAR®
guidelines for
energy efficiency.
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Command Toolbar Property Toolbar
Creating Labels
Creating a mixed
1-row/2-row label
containing a symbol
Labels with
consecutive numbering
Select the tape size and enter the de-
sired text.
Insert a few spaces, then click the
Enter the desired text and press the
ENTER key. Enter the desired text on
the second row.
Click Symbol under . Select the
symbol that you want to enter from the
displayed dialog box.
Click the Print button.
Select the tape size and enter the de-
sired text. Select the text for which you
want to configure numbering.
Click Numbering on the context menu.
Click to the right of the Print button
and click Print Options.
Check the Numbering box and enter
the number of labels being printed in
the Count field. Click the Print button.
P-touch Editor Lite
Item Specification
Dimension 2.6"(W)×7.4"(D)×4.4"(H)
Weight 1.3lb (without batteries and tape cassette)
Power supply Included AC adapter (AD-24ES) or six AA alkaline batteries (LR6)
USB port USB mini B type
Icon Function
Displays the New screen for creating a new label.
Opens a saved file with P-touch Editor Lite.
Saves the data to your PC, etc, but not to the labeler.
Inserts a new text box (convenient when creating labels containing
both single and multiple lines of text).
Inserts an image onto your label.
From file: Inserts an image stored on your PC.
Screen capture: Inserts the selected area of the PC screen as a
Symbol: Inserts one of your PC’s built-in symbols.
Inserts a frame.
Displays the menu.
The menu includes all P-touch Editor Lite functionality.
Minimizes P-touch Editor Lite.
Exits P-touch Editor Lite.
Other Functions (available on the menu displayed by right-clicking the mouse)
Label View
Display Function Display Function
This label view is displayed when the software is
started. The width of tape currently set is displayed
on the left of label image. When “Auto” is shown on
the right, the length of tape is automatically adjusted
to the length of text.
Inserted text boxes, images, and frames are treated
as objects. Objects are surrounded by handles (indi-
cated by eight blue points).
You can drag the label border to manually change
the length and width of the label. Move the pointer to
the label area’s border. When the blue line appears,
drag to the desired length or width.
Indicates that an object is selected.
You can adjust the size of the P-touch Editor Lite
window. Simply move the pointer over an edge of
the P-touch Editor Lite window and drag to adjust
the size once the pointer changes to an arrow.
The pointer changes to an arrow when moved over
a handle. You can change the size of the object by
Guidelines are sometimes displayed when moving
objects. They are shown when the object is aligned
at the left, right, top, or bottom edge of Printable
area, or in the center. In the illustration to the left, the
guidelines indicate that the object is centered at the
top edge of the tape.
You can move objects by dragging when the pointer
is a crosshair. For text objects, the pointer only
changes to a crosshair over the border of the object.
Menu Do this
Click Undo to undo the last operation.
Click Redo to redo an undone operation.
Select the text area (or object) that you want to cut or copy and select Cut or Copy. Click in the destination
area and select Paste.
Margins Set the length of blank space on both sides of the label (large or small).
Click Insert.
Select Text box to insert text onto the label.
Select From File to insert an image stored on your PC.
Select Screen Capture to insert the selected area of the PC screen.
Select Symbol to insert one of your PC’s built-in symbols.
Select Frame to insert one of P-touch Editor Lite built-in frames.
Direction Select the object text and click either Horizontal Text or Vertical Text to change the direction of the label.
Select the number or letter within your text and click Numbering to consecutively advance the number or let-
ter on each label.
Change Image Select the image and click Change Image to replace the current image with a different image.
Rotate Rotate objects to 0°, 90°, 180° or 270°.
Select one of the objects and click Order, then select Bring to Front, Send to Back, Bring Forward, or
Send Backward to set the order of each object in the layer.
Click Options.
Select either mm (mm) or inches (in) to set the measurement unit setting and option for numbering printing.
Select either Display New Value after Printing or Reset to Original Value after Printing to set the number-
ing option.
Brother Solutions Center
Click Brother Solutions Center to go to the web site for assistance and information.
Click About to learn about the P-touch Editor Lite version.
Click Exit to exit P-touch Editor Lite.
Icon Function
Click to change the font.
Click to specify the font size.
You can adjust the font size up or down one level by clicking or .
Specifies the font style:
Bold Italic Underline
Specifies the alignment of text in a text box.
Sets the width of the tape. Click to automatically detect the width of the
inserted tape.
Sets the length of the label. Click to automatically adjust the length of the
label to accommodate the entered text.
Sets/cancels the label direction to vertical.
Click to set the zoom factor for the Label View.
You can also change the zoom factor by clicking or .
Click to print normally or to print with options.
Auto Cut: Each label is automatically cut after printing.
Chain Printing: The last label printed is not cut. After printing, press Feed & Cut button
to cut the label.
Special Tape: Select when you use a tape which cannot be cut with this cutter blade,
such as Fabric Tape or Strong Adhesive tape etc.
Mirror Printing: Prints a mirror image of the label.
Copies: Prints multiple copies of a label.
Problem Solution
After exiting P-touch Editor
Lite, how do I restart the
program while the machine
is still on?
There are three ways to restart. Perform any of the followings.
• Turn off the P-touch labeler and then turn it back on.
• Disconnect and then reconnect the USB cable while the labeler is on.
• Launch P-touch Editor Lite from My Computer.
The LED is flashing. This is an error message.
Please press the Feed & Cut button to clear the error message.
If the LED remains flashing after performing the above, please contact Brother Customer Service for further assistance.
I cannot turn the P-touch
labeler on.
Check to see that the batteries are installed correctly, or that the recommended power adapter is securely connected.
I cannot exit P-touch Editor
Check to see if an error message is displayed, and try to resolve. Please note that the software cannot be exited while labels
are being printed.
A blank horizontal line ap-
pears through the printed
Streaks or poor quality characters on printed labels generally indicate that the print head is dirty. Clean the print head using a
cotton swab or optional print head cleaning cassette (TZ-CL4).
* Do not touch the print head directly with your bare hands.
The label is difficult to cut. Clean the cutter blade using a cotton swab moistened with alcohol.
* Do not touch the cutter blade directry with your bare hands.
Accessories (Supplies may differ by distribution)
Accessories Stock No.
Tape cassette
Brother TZ tape (width): 9/64", 1/4", 3/8", 1/2", 3/4", 1"
For details, see the included “Supplies and Accessories Guide”.
AC Adapter AD-24ES
Should you encounter any problems with your product, please do not return your product to the store!
After referring to the User’s guide, if you still need assistance, call Brother Customer Service at :
Voice:1-877-4-PTOUCH Fax:1-901-379-1210
If you need to locate a service center, please call 1-800-284-HELP or visit us at
System Requirements PC
Item Specification
Operating System Microsoft Windows®
2000 Professional/XP/Windows Vista®
System Memory 128MB minimum (Windows Vista - 512MB minimum)
Interface USB Port (USB Spec. 1.1 or 2.0 protocol)
Graphics Card SVGA

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