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Anonymous
April 6, 2005 1:54:32 PM

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While listening to an online presentation that included charts, I attempted
to print-to-file a specific chart. I deleted the "*" that preceded the
".prn" extension and gave it a name. Then I tried to print the file to make
sure all went well. It didn't.

I got a message stating WINDOWS XP didn't recognize the program that the
file was related to. It directed me to an on-line site to find the program
but the site wasn't available for service until the 9th.

Q1) What program should be assigned to a "*.prn" file?
Q2) Why couldn't WINDOWS XP find something (WORD?) to print this file?

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Anonymous
April 6, 2005 1:54:33 PM

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

Printing to a file looks like a waste of time and space to me.

Word doc somename.doc 36.0 KB. Select print to file.

somename.prn file is created, file is 940 KB.

Just send the original file, it's a lot smaller.

File Extension Details for .PRN
http://www.filext.com/detaillist.php?extdetail=prn

FILExt - The File Extension Source
http://www.filext.com/

How to Print From a PRN File
http://filext.com/info/showthread.php?t=13

Print a document to a file
http://office.microsoft.com/en-us/assistance/HP05189441...

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Hope this helps. Let us know.

Wes
MS-MVP Windows Shell/User

In news:o 1VakArOFHA.1040@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
John Gregory <jaygreg90@hotmail.com> hunted and pecked:
> While listening to an online presentation that included charts, I
> attempted to print-to-file a specific chart. I deleted the "*" that
> preceded the ".prn" extension and gave it a name. Then I tried to
> print the file to make sure all went well. It didn't.
>
> I got a message stating WINDOWS XP didn't recognize the program that
> the file was related to. It directed me to an on-line site to find
> the program but the site wasn't available for service until the 9th.
>
> Q1) What program should be assigned to a "*.prn" file?
> Q2) Why couldn't WINDOWS XP find something (WORD?) to print this file?
Anonymous
April 6, 2005 3:14:47 PM

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

In news:o 1VakArOFHA.1040@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
John Gregory <jaygreg90@hotmail.com> typed:

> While listening to an online presentation that included charts,
> I
> attempted to print-to-file a specific chart. I deleted the "*"
> that
> preceded the ".prn" extension and gave it a name.


How did you do the print to file, and from what program?


> Then I tried to
> print the file to make sure all went well. It didn't.


How did you try to do this? If, for example, you tried
double-clicking the file, or opening it in some program, that's
not how to do it, and won't work. See below.


> I got a message stating WINDOWS XP didn't recognize the program
> that
> the file was related to. It directed me to an on-line site to
> find
> the program but the site wasn't available for service until the
> 9th.
>
> Q1) What program should be assigned to a "*.prn" file?


None. That's not what a prn file is or how it's used.


> Q2) Why couldn't WINDOWS XP find something (WORD?) to print
> this file?


A prn file is an image of the page, formatted for a particular
printer. The format varies enormously, depending on the
particular printer, and is essentially a graphic image. Word has
no idea what to do with such a file. The way to print a prn file
is to go to Start | Run and issue the command

copy \path\filename.prn lpt1 /b

However that only works if you have a printer that's connected to
a parallel port and if the creation of the prn file was done to
the correct printer driver for your printer. It's more
complicated if you have a USB printer.

I'm not clear as to why you printed to a file in the first place,
or how you did it. If the above command doesn't work for you,
please clarify the situation for more help.

--
Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
Please reply to the newsgroup
Anonymous
April 6, 2005 8:00:35 PM

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

I simply followed the instructions on the print window that popped up (a
WINDOWS XP window I believe) when I chose to "print" one of the slides
that appeared here:

www.mopnsanto.com
Select "Investor Information"
Select 2nd Quarter conference call.

The presentation defaulted to MS Media Player and I selected chart 13 to
print. I chose "Print to file" because I know my printer on another floor
was low on ink and I didn't really need the color. I changed the settings to
print black and white only, gave the file a name with a ".prn" extension,
and saved it to disc.

I just finished reading the rest of you reply. I obviously chose the wrong
thing and should have simply printed it out after changing the preference to
black and white only. I've got a better understanding of a .prn file now.
Fortunately, the original presentation will remain on the website for a bit
and I can get a copy later.

Thanks for the explanation. This happened once before but I failed to take
the time to ask questions.


"Ken Blake" <kblake@this.is.an.invalid.domain> wrote in message
news:um5dHStOFHA.2788@TK2MSFTNGP09.phx.gbl...
> In news:o 1VakArOFHA.1040@TK2MSFTNGP12.phx.gbl,
> John Gregory <jaygreg90@hotmail.com> typed:
>
>> While listening to an online presentation that included charts, I
>> attempted to print-to-file a specific chart. I deleted the "*" that
>> preceded the ".prn" extension and gave it a name.
>
>
> How did you do the print to file, and from what program?
>
>
>> Then I tried to
>> print the file to make sure all went well. It didn't.
>
>
> How did you try to do this? If, for example, you tried double-clicking the
> file, or opening it in some program, that's not how to do it, and won't
> work. See below.
>
>
>> I got a message stating WINDOWS XP didn't recognize the program that
>> the file was related to. It directed me to an on-line site to find
>> the program but the site wasn't available for service until the 9th.
>>
>> Q1) What program should be assigned to a "*.prn" file?
>
>
> None. That's not what a prn file is or how it's used.
>
>
>> Q2) Why couldn't WINDOWS XP find something (WORD?) to print this file?
>
>
> A prn file is an image of the page, formatted for a particular printer.
> The format varies enormously, depending on the particular printer, and is
> essentially a graphic image. Word has no idea what to do with such a file.
> The way to print a prn file is to go to Start | Run and issue the command
>
> copy \path\filename.prn lpt1 /b
>
> However that only works if you have a printer that's connected to a
> parallel port and if the creation of the prn file was done to the correct
> printer driver for your printer. It's more complicated if you have a USB
> printer.
>
> I'm not clear as to why you printed to a file in the first place, or how
> you did it. If the above command doesn't work for you, please clarify the
> situation for more help.
>
> --
> Ken Blake - Microsoft MVP Windows: Shell/User
> Please reply to the newsgroup
>
!