BROTHER P-TOUCH 1090 USER MANUAL Pdf Download (2024)


User's Guide


Printed in China




Follow these guidelines to avoid the risk of

fire, burn, injury, electric shock, damage,

overheating, abnormal odours or smoking.

• Always use the specified voltage and the suggested

AC adapter "AD-24ES/AD-5000ES" (For Australia,

New Zealand Only) to prevent any damage or failure.

• Unplug the adapter cord immediately and stop using

the P-touch labeller during an electric storm.

• Do not use the P-touch labeller/adapter in places of high

humidity such as bathrooms. Do not get the P-touch

labeller/adapter/power plug wet such as by handling

them with wet hands or spilling beverages onto it.

• Do not overload the adapter cord. Do not forcibly bend

or pull the adapter cord. Do not damage or place heavy

objects on the adapter cord or plug.

• Hold the plug when disconnecting the adapter cord

from the power outlet. Do not use an outlet that is loose.

• Do not swallow the cutter stopper.

• Do not disassemble or modify the P-touch labeller/

adapter/batteries. Do not use metallic objects such as

tweezers or a pen when changing the batteries. Do not

throw the batteries into fire or expose to heat.

• Disconnect the adapter, remove the batteries and stop

using the P-touch labeller immediately if you notice

abnormal odour, heat, discoloration, deformation or

anything unusual while using or storing it.


Follow these guidelines to avoid personal

injury, battery leakage, burn and heat

• Do not touch the edge of the cutter or any metal part

near the print head.

• Remove the batteries and disconnect the adapter if you

do not intend to use the P-touch labeller for an

extended period of time.

• Do not use old and new batteries together or mix

alkaline batteries with other types.

• Do not drop or hit the P-touch labeller/adapter. Do not

press hard on the LCD display.

• Do not put your finger between the covers when you

close the cassette cover.


• Depending on the location, material, and

environmental conditions, the label may unpeel or

become irremovable, the colour 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 labeller in any way or for any purpose

not described in this guide. Doing so may result in

accidents or damage to the machine.

• Only use a soft, dry cloth to clean the labeller; never

use alcohol or other organic solvents.

• Use a cotton swab to clean the print head, never touch

the print head.

• Do not put any foreign objects into the tape exit slot or

adapter etc.

• Do not place the labeller/batteries/AC adapter 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 apply excessive pressure to the cutter lever.

• Do not try to print if the cassette is empty as it will

damage the print head.

• Do not pull the tape while printing or feeding as it will

damage the tape and the labeller.

• Any data stored in memory will be lost due to failure or

repair of the labeller, or if the battery expires and no

adapter is connected.



With the PT-1090 you can create labels for

any application. Select from the many

frames, character sizes and styles to design

custom labels. In addition, the variety of tape

cartridges allows you to print labels with

different widths and colours.

Read this guide carefully before starting and

keep the guide in a handy place for future


The contents of this guide and the

specifications of this product are subject to

change without notice.


Error messages



No Text!

Line Limit!

Cutter Error


Text Limit!

No Frame OK?

OK to Feed?


Insert 12 mm!

No Cassette!


The display stays blank after you have

turned on the machine.

The power turns off when trying to print

When the label is printed out, there is too

much margin on both sides of the text.

The machine has "locked up" (i.e., nothing

happens when a key is pressed, even

though the machine is on).

All text and format settings need to be

cleared to create a new label

The machine does not print or printing is


The settings and texts have cleared on

their own.

The tape does not feed properly or gets

stuck inside the labeller

To change the language setting

A blank horizontal line appears through

the printed label.


If the cutter blade becomes blunt after repetitive

use and the tape cannot be cut cleanly, replace

with a new cutter unit (stock no.TC-5) obtained

from an authorized Brother reseller.

Tape cassettes

See the included tape


AC adapter

"AD-24ES/AD-5000ES" (For

Australia, New Zealand Only)

Cutter unit

TC-5 (replacement)

Cleaning cassette



• Do not touch the cutter blade directly with your fingers.

• Do not swallow the cutter stopper.

Cause / remedy

The batteries are about to run out. Replace all batteries.

- An invalid number is selected for Label length.

- You tried to print a text file when there is no data stored

in the memory.


is pressed when no text is entered.

- You tried to select [Copies], [Preview] or [Cable] when

no text is entered.

- You tried to enter a third line by pressing

Note: Use either 9 mm or 12 mm wide tape when

printing two lines.

Tape cutter lever is pressed while the machine is printing.

Note: Do not push the cutter lever while printing.

The maximum number of characters (80 Characters for

regular text, or 50 characters for DECO MODE) have

already been entered.

- The text length exceeds the selected Label length.

- The text length exceeds 200 mm when "Label Length"

is set to [Auto] in DECO MODE.

- If the minimum label length 30mm is selected, some frame

types (Leaf or Star) will not allow you to enter additional text.

Frames can not be printed on 3.5 mm tape.


to print with no frame or

to cancel.

Tape feeds after printing when [Chain Prt] is selected.

Refer to 'Set margin (tape margin)'.

If the print head becomes too hot, the labeller stops printing

and automatically starts to cool down. The cool down time will

be displayed. Once the print head is cool, printing will continue

automatically. Do not touch the labeller while cooling.

Only 12 mm tape cassette is suitable for DECO MODE.

Insert a cassette.

Possible solution

- Check the batteries are correctly inserted.

- The batteries could be weak, replace them.

- Check that the optional "AD-24ES/AD-5000ES" (For

Australia, New Zealand Only) is connected correctly.

- The batteries are weak, replace all batteries.

- Check that the batteries are inserted correctly.

See 'Set margin (tape margin)' in this user's guide and select

[Half] or [Narrow] to have smaller margins for your label.



and select [Txt&Format].

- Check that the tape cassette is inserted correctly.

- If the tape cassette is empty, replace it.

- Check that the cassette cover is properly closed.

- The batteries may be weak, replace them.

- When power is disconnected for more than two

minutes, all texts, settings and any text files stored in

the memory will be cleared.

- Check that the end of the tape feeds under the tape guide.

- The cutter lever is pressed while printing. Do not touch

the cutter lever during printing.


- There may be some dust on the print head. Remove the

tape cassette and use a dry cotton swab to gently wipe

the print head with an up-and-down motion.

- The print head can be cleaned more easily if the

optional print head cleaning cassette (TZ-CL3) is used.



107.9 × 209.4 × 57.6 mm

(W × D × H)


Approx. 315g

Power supply

Six AAA alkaline batteries (LR03)

Optional AC

Model "AD-24ES/AD-5000ES"


(For Australia, New Zealand Only)

Tape cassette

Brother TZ tape (width)

3.5 mm, 6 mm, 9 mm, 12 mm


A: Cassette cover

B: Tape cutter lever

• Open the cassette cover by pressing the above

indicated area at the top end of the machine.

A: Cutter blade

B: Cutter stopper

C: Print head


• Insert six AAA alkaline batteries (LR03).

• Make sure the + and – of the batteries are

positioned correctly.

Note: Only use new batteries.

A: Toothed wheel

• Make sure that the end of the tape feeds under

the tape guide.

• If the ink ribbon in the cassette is loose, use your

finger to turn the toothed wheel in the direction of

the arrow on the cassette until there is no slack.

A: Tape exit slot

• Insert a tape cassette.

• Make sure that the cassette snaps into place.

• Close the cassette cover.

• After you have installed the tape, feed the tape

(see "Feed (tape feed)") once and then push in

the tape cutter lever to cut the tape.

Note: Use only Brother TZ tapes with this



Reset the P-touch labeller if you want to

initialize the settings or in case the labeller

does not work properly.

• Turn off the labeller.

• Hold down

• While holding

once to turn ON the labeller.

• Release


Note: The internal memory is reset, and all

text, settings and stored files are












, press


BROTHER P-TOUCH 1090 USER MANUAL Pdf Download (2024)


How to change the print size on a Brother P-Touch label maker? ›

Please follow the steps below: While holding down the "Code" key, press the "Size (2)" key. Keep the "Code" key held and press the "Size (2)" key until the desired size setting is displayed. If you select "Auto", the P-touch machine will automatically select the largest possible size for the tape installed.

How do you reset the Brother P-Touch label maker? ›

You can reset the internal memory of your P-touch when you want to clear all saved label files, or in the event the P-touch labeler is not operating correctly. Turn off the P-touch. While holding down the Shift and R keys, press the Power key to turn the P-touch back on. Release the Shift and R keys.

How do I set up my Brother label P-touch? ›

Setting up the P-touch labeler
  1. Open the cassette cover.
  2. Insert the tape cassette.
  3. Close the cassette cover. If you cannot close the cassette cover, check to ensure the white lever is in the up position. If not, lift the lever, and then attach the cover. Make sure that there is no slack in the tape.
Oct 27, 2020

How do you change the color on the Brother P-Touch? ›

Configuring using P-touch Editor 5.2 or later for Mac

Select [××mm Black/Red] for [Print Media]. Click [Text] to edit the text and select [Color] to change the color of the text. [Frame] to edit the color of the frame.

How to change font size on Brother P Touch 90 label maker? ›

How do I change the size of characters?
  1. Press the Function (Fn / F) key.
  2. Press the Cursor ( / ) key until "SIZE" is displayed.
  3. Press the OK key or the Enter key.
  4. Press the Cursor ( / ) key until your desired size is displayed.
  5. Press the OK key or the Enter key. The selected setting is applied to the entire text.
Jun 26, 2019

How do I change print size settings? ›

Select the printer, and then click Properties or Printer Properties. Click the Advanced tab. In the Scale/Resize area, select the Print document on option, and then select a size from the drop-down list. Click OK to close the printer settings or properties dialog box.

How do I keep my brother's P-touch from wasting tape? ›

1. When printing a single label
  1. Press the [Label] key ( / ) or the [Menu] key ( / ).
  2. Press the [Cursor] key ( / ) until [Margin] is displayed.
  3. Press the [OK] key ( ).
  4. Press the [Cursor] key ( / ) until [Narrow] is displayed.
  5. Press the [OK] key ( ).
Dec 23, 2019

Where is the Brother printer setting tool? ›

Open the Printer Setting Tool: Windows 10: From the Start button, click All apps → Brother → Label & Mobile Printer → Printer Setting Tool. Windows 8, Windows 8.1: On the Apps screen, click Printer Setting Tool.

How to change print direction on the Brother P-touch label maker? ›

To print vertically,
  1. Press the [Font] key ( / ). The current style settings are displayed.
  2. Press / to select [Style].
  3. Press / or. / until [Vertical] is displayed.
  4. Press the [OK] key or [Enter] key ( / ) to apply the selected setting.
Mar 22, 2022

How to do symbols on Brother P-touch? ›

FAQs & Troubleshooting
  1. Press the [Symbol] key ( / ) to enter the Symbol selection screen.
  2. Press. or. to select the desired category.
  3. Press the [OK] key ( ) or [Enter] key ( / ).
  4. Press. , , or. until the desired symbol appears.
  5. Press the [OK] key ( ) or [Enter] key ( / ) to add the symbol to the text.
Nov 26, 2021

How do I change the print size on my Brother printer? ›

Use a custom paper size and paper type
  1. Access your Brother machine's Web Based Management page. > ...
  2. Go to the navigation menu, and then select Print > Paper Tray (Custom). Start from. ...
  3. Select the Paper Type and Paper Size settings you want to use.
  4. Click or tap Submit. (Windows and Mac)
Aug 6, 2021

How do I change the label size when printing? ›

Click on 'Printer properties'. Click on 'Preferences'. In the preferences menu, go to 'paper size' and make sure the selected size matches the label dimensions. Once the correct size has been selected click 'apply'.

How do I reset print size? ›

Click Start, point to Settings, and the click Printers. Right-click the appropriate printer, and then click Properties. Click the Paper tab, and then click the paper size you want to use in the Paper Size box. Click OK, and then close the Printers folder.

How to change font size on Brother P-Touch 2600? ›

How can I change the font style and size on my Brother P-touch PT-2600? To change the font style and size, press the "Menu" button on the printer. Use the arrow keys to navigate to "Text Style" and then select the desired font style. To adjust the font size, navigate to "Text Size" and choose the appropriate size.

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