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How to edit *.prn files?

by Mr.Twister / January 5, 2005 12:07 AM PST

I am trying to print to a file one of the help pages within WinXP. Path is: Start / Help and Support / Pick a Task / Use Tools.. / My Computer Information / View General information...). This presents a nice summary window. Select Print, and according options to print to a file.
When the file is created, it is generated with a "prn" suffix; i.e. printedFile.prn.

There is no base application within WinXP that can open / view / edit this file (not Notepad, or WordPad). And when you specify the file name, you cannot change the file type to maybe *.txt; it is always *.prn. The MS-Windows support site does not identify an application that can be used to open / edit the file.
What application is recommended to be able to edit the *.prn file?

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One thing to check
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / January 5, 2005 5:08 AM PST

When you select print and the Print options appear, make sure you have3 "not" set the option, "Print to file".

If that is set, then the page will be saved as a file, and not printed.


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*.prn Files...Print Output Files
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 5, 2005 5:08 AM PST

....are created by PCL printers:

You can open a .PRN file in any text editor but what you'll likely see is your text surrounded by a whole bunch of "junk" which represents all the various printer codes necessary to set margins, special spacing, graphics, etc., etc.

In order to edit the information which you are asking to print, you should do it prior to sending it to the printer in another format. You should be able to copy and paste the original text to a document, or if nothing else, prepare a screenshot of the text by pressing Alt-Print Screen keys to "save" the picture, then open the MSPaint program and "paste" the picture into Paint.

Hope this helps.


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printing a prn file
by cyberden99 / January 7, 2010 1:37 AM PST

How do I print a prn file ? I have Windows XP Service Pack 2 and all the usual capabilities Q

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Copy it to the printer.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / January 7, 2010 1:52 AM PST
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printing a prn file
by cyberden99 / January 7, 2010 7:32 AM PST
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hi !

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Tried This Yet?
by Grif Thomas Forum moderator / January 7, 2010 9:02 AM PST
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