How to use barcode scanning in Timely

Using Timely, you can scan the barcodes on your retail stock and assign them to products that you have setup in Timely. 

Then when you are checking out a customer, you can scan the barcodes on any products they are buying to quickly add them to the sale.

Important information

Our recommendation for a barcode scanner is the Motorola Symbol LS2208 (link takes you to Amazon, where this can be purchased). We have tested and confirmed this scanner works with Timely.

Most barcode scanners, including the Motorola Symbol LS2208 are configured by scanning control barcodes that come with the scanner.

You must configure your barcode scanner so that it doesn't append an 'Enter' or 'Tab' key when scanning an item. In most cases this is the default setting. If this isn't applied, then you will need to delete the last few numbers of the barcode to activate the search process. 

The instructions for how to adjust this setting are in the user manual that comes with the scanner. If you no longer have this manual, you can find the information here: on page 13-4.


Adding barcodes to products in Timely

  1. Go to Setup Products from the main menu.
  2. Click Edit on the product you would like to add a barcode to.
  3. Select the SKU/Handle field and scan the barcode on the physical item.
    Add the barcode to the SKU/Handle field
  4. Click Save to add the product.
  5. Repeat this process for all relevant products.


Using a barcode scanner to sell products

You can sell a product using a barcode scanner by doing the following: 

  1. When raising a sale, click Add a product.
  2. Select the Item/description field.
  3. Scan the barcode into the invoices item/description field.
  4. Click or press enter to select the suggested product.
  5. If you don't see a list of any matching products (as above) or you get a message that prompts you to select a product, then the search may not have been performed. If you delete the last character on the barcode and re-type it, this will prompt another search.

Looking for hardware? Check out our Hardware page for some links to thermal receipt printer, cash drawer and barcode scanner bundles:

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