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How can you print a .prn file?

by broozer / July 29, 2005 1:16 PM PDT

My printer went wrong for some reason and I couldn't print anything. I paid several bills online and wanted to print a record with the receipt numbers to prove I had made the payment in case something went wrong. I always staple this page to the bill for later reference.

I thought as I couldn't print the page I would click the box on the printer preference that pops up in Windows XP Pro when you tell it to print something that says "Print to file" and I would then be able to print each page once I reinstalled the printer.

Now if I click on the "****.PRN" files that were saved Windows doesn't recognise the file extension. It sends me to a web site that searches for file types and identifies it as a printer text file but gives me no idea what to do with the file to print it out. Windows can't read the file it saved itself so how much sense does that make. What's the point of windows giving you the option to save the file if it can't open it for you again.
I opened it in wordpad and it's just a bunch of gibberish on screen. What else can I use to open and print these receipt pages for my bill payment records.

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Printing PRN files..
by Papa Echo / July 29, 2005 3:50 PM PDT

If there is something with your printer which won't print, then it it possible that the PRN file which you created is corrupted, since the PRN file is created with some of the printer's properties and settings. Try not opening the file, but right click to highlight it and select print. Otherwise, you may have to correct your printer, or save the file to a removable medium and print with another printer.

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maybe ..
by mrstooie / July 29, 2005 4:10 PM PDT

you can save the files as html pages next time. Create a directory for online receipts and save the page there for later viewing. I have done this plenty of times, although the formating may cut of the edge.

I guess you have tried Word or Wordpad to open and print the prn files?

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