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By Brigham ·
Most word processors have an option to print the file to disc. This is all well and good, but how does one make the hard copy of the .prn file? What is the proceedure for getting the .prn file into the printer queue without regerating it from the word processor source. If it can't be done, what use are .prn files?

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by stress junkie In reply to printing .prn files

Back when people recognised that Windows v3.1 was an application that ran on MS-DOS v5.1 you could print a Word document to a file on disk. This .prn file would include all of the escape codes necessary to set up the printer when it was printing the file. Then you would print the .prn file by using the MS-DOS command line and do something like
copy file.prn lpt1:

This was useful because printers were expensive and scarce. You could move the .prn file onto a floppy disk and carry it to a computer that had access to a printer.

These days it might still be useful if you wanted to print out a Word document on a Unix machine. Maybe. Maybe not.

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by Brigham In reply to

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This is all information I already knew. I specifically asked how to get the file into the printer queue under XP. A proceedure to do a copy file under msdos or msdos emulation with the printer locked up under XP which has control of the printer ports and msdos can't talk to a usb port anyhow is not useful. If you are saying that .prn files are obsolete and now useless, I say bah humbug. once the word processor is done with the print command and has handed the equivilant of the .prn file to the printer driver, it can be closed and the printer will still print. There must be a way of saving the time the word processor spends generating the .prn file for the printer and send additional copies to the printer bypassing the word processor. proceedure please.

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by thinhanh In reply to printing .prn files

Let's think of a situation:
You have a PC at home, but you have no printer. Meanwhile, at your office, you have a PC with a Printer "model XX".
Then you can install the driver printer model XX in your PC at home then make a file .prn to copy to the printer at your office.
Then, a question may arise: I can copy my FileText.doc to my office and print that file there. Yes, but the .prn file can keep the format of the file, it keep everything in order, sometime, due to the diffence of the file Normal.dot (in Microsoft Word), it can make your outlay of your document different when you edit or print it at other PC.
One thing more, you want to print a photoshop file, you have that program at home, but don't have that software at your office. The .prn file will help to solve this.

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by Brigham In reply to

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I have the printer on my system and the driver. The word processor has to have the specific printer driver on board in order to generate the .prn file. The question specifically asks for a proceedure under XP to the printer queue.

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by WilsonT In reply to printing .prn files

I use a utility program generated by Russ Wright that he calls PrnPrint to print out .prn files. Russ' page is at: www.magma.ca/~russrite/ I've been using it for over a year successfully and the options allows you to tailor its functionality.

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by Brigham In reply to

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Yes, this may help, but it doesn't really help because it doesn't give the proceedure both for obtaining said program and how it is used. It does include a link to a web site where the information can be obtained. It does not, however answer the specific question and thus cannot be awarded the prize. If there is a way to do what the word processors do and queue up a .prn file perhaps by changing its extension or something and giving some command sequence, possibly what printprn does. I would like to know it and so would some others I imagine.

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