We are independent & ad-supported. We may earn a commission for purchases made through our links.
Advertiser Disclosure
Our website is an independent, advertising-supported platform. We provide our content free of charge to our readers, and to keep it that way, we rely on revenue generated through advertisements and affiliate partnerships. This means that when you click on certain links on our site and make a purchase, we may earn a commission. Learn more.
How We Make Money
We sustain our operations through affiliate commissions and advertising. If you click on an affiliate link and make a purchase, we may receive a commission from the merchant at no additional cost to you. We also display advertisements on our website, which help generate revenue to support our work and keep our content free for readers. Our editorial team operates independently of our advertising and affiliate partnerships to ensure that our content remains unbiased and focused on providing you with the best information and recommendations based on thorough research and honest evaluations. To remain transparent, we’ve provided a list of our current affiliate partners here.

What is a Label Maker?

Malcolm Tatum
Updated May 16, 2024
Our promise to you
HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to creating trustworthy, high-quality content that always prioritizes transparency, integrity, and inclusivity above all else. Our ensure that our content creation and review process includes rigorous fact-checking, evidence-based, and continual updates to ensure accuracy and reliability.

Our Promise to you

Founded in 2002, our company has been a trusted resource for readers seeking informative and engaging content. Our dedication to quality remains unwavering—and will never change. We follow a strict editorial policy, ensuring that our content is authored by highly qualified professionals and edited by subject matter experts. This guarantees that everything we publish is objective, accurate, and trustworthy.

Over the years, we've refined our approach to cover a wide range of topics, providing readers with reliable and practical advice to enhance their knowledge and skills. That's why millions of readers turn to us each year. Join us in celebrating the joy of learning, guided by standards you can trust.

Editorial Standards

At HomeQuestionsAnswered, we are committed to creating content that you can trust. Our editorial process is designed to ensure that every piece of content we publish is accurate, reliable, and informative.

Our team of experienced writers and editors follows a strict set of guidelines to ensure the highest quality content. We conduct thorough research, fact-check all information, and rely on credible sources to back up our claims. Our content is reviewed by subject-matter experts to ensure accuracy and clarity.

We believe in transparency and maintain editorial independence from our advertisers. Our team does not receive direct compensation from advertisers, allowing us to create unbiased content that prioritizes your interests.

Label makers are simple handheld devices that make it possible to prepare simple labels for use around the home or office. Most models of label makers utilize a labeling tape made with synthetic materials. However, the current generation of label making equipment sometimes make use of standard paper labels.

During the middle of the 20th century, the manual label maker was a popular labeling option at home and in the workplace. Using colored labeling tape, it was possible to set a character wheel to the right letter, number, or other character and depress a simple lever in order to make an indentation in the tape. The indentation would appear as a white letter or other character. At the same time, a mechanism in the label maker would advance the tape one round so that the next character in the sequence could be added to the tape string.

This basic label maker became more streamlined through the period between 1960 and 1980. However, the basic concept remained the same. The label tape was equipped with an adhesive backing that was covered with a seal. The seal was peeled away from the tape just prior to affixing the label to the intended object.

With technological advances in later years, the digital label maker came into being. This type of label maker usually has a display screen that allows the user to key in a word or phrase for a label, then review the text before creating the final product. Devices of this type may use several different mediums to create the label. The traditional plastic rolls of label tape are used with some brands while others utilize ink and paper labels arranged on a roll.

With both the older manual and the newer digital types of labeling equipment, the range of applications is impressive. A label maker can be used for home organization projects, making it possible to label the outside of boxes for storage in the attic or in a closet. Labels for the fronts of file cabinet drawers can also be produced with ease. The maker can be used to create simple labels for children’s cups, photo boxes, or just about any type of storage unit.

Around the office, a label maker can also help with organization tasks. File boxes can easily be labeled with a list of contents, dates, and other relevant data. Shelves or bins in a supply area can be labeled to make sure forms and other office materials are organized and easily accessible when needed. As with the home, file cabinet drawers can be labeled to make identification of the contents a simple task.

Most office supply stores will carry at least a couple of brands of labeling devices. In addition, many craft shops also sell at least one type of label maker. Label tape refills are usually sold at any store that sells office supplies. Generally, the label refills are inexpensive, and often are available in a range of colors.

HomeQuestionsAnswered is dedicated to providing accurate and trustworthy information. We carefully select reputable sources and employ a rigorous fact-checking process to maintain the highest standards. To learn more about our commitment to accuracy, read our editorial process.
Malcolm Tatum
By Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing to become a full-time freelance writer. He has contributed articles to a variety of print and online publications, including HomeQuestionsAnswered, and his work has also been featured in poetry collections, devotional anthologies, and newspapers. When not writing, Malcolm enjoys collecting vinyl records, following minor league baseball, and cycling.
Discussion Comments
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum
Malcolm Tatum, a former teleconferencing industry professional, followed his passion for trivia, research, and writing...
Learn more
HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.

HomeQuestionsAnswered, in your inbox

Our latest articles, guides, and more, delivered daily.