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Anonymous
May 6, 2004 9:54:52 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

When ever I click on Print to File, it comes up on my
desktop. However, when i got to open it, i get a popup
saying windows can't open the file because it needs to
know what program created it. it says "type of file"----
[*.prn], it gives me two options, look on internet or
browse hard drive for program to open it. neither one
works.HELP!!

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Anonymous
May 7, 2004 2:29:14 AM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

The point is, you ARE printing to a file. A .PRN file is the output of a
printer driver that's been directed to a file instead of a printer port; it
contains not only the data to be printed, but also in-line commands specific
to the type of printer driver used which tell the printer how to print the
data. The idea is you create an output file for a printer that you can
later COPY to the printer to print it. You do this from a Command Prompt:

Copy /B (filename).PRN LPT1:

..PRN files are NOT designed to be opened by a program, they're sole purpose
is to be sent directly to a printer

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"Luke Oleschak" <chlwelder@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:995401c433cd$e8059a10$a101280a@phx.gbl...
> When ever I click on Print to File, it comes up on my
> desktop. However, when i got to open it, i get a popup
> saying windows can't open the file because it needs to
> know what program created it. it says "type of file"----
> [*.prn], it gives me two options, look on internet or
> browse hard drive for program to open it. neither one
> works.HELP!!
Anonymous
May 7, 2004 12:53:29 PM

Archived from groups: microsoft.public.windowsxp.print_fax (More info?)

There is an article on our web site about these files, see
http://www.frogmorecs.com/arts/what_is_a_prn_file.html

--
Tony Edgecombe
www.frogmorecs.com/ng
Software for printing


"Luke Oleschak" <chlwelder@yahoo.com> wrote in message
news:995401c433cd$e8059a10$a101280a@phx.gbl...
> When ever I click on Print to File, it comes up on my
> desktop. However, when i got to open it, i get a popup
> saying windows can't open the file because it needs to
> know what program created it. it says "type of file"----
> [*.prn], it gives me two options, look on internet or
> browse hard drive for program to open it. neither one
> works.HELP!!
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