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.prn file extension

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A print file created as the result of 'printing to a file'. The .prn file can be printed on any printer of the same type for which it was originally generated. (This allows a .prn file to be generated on one computer, copied to another and then printed from there.)

Unless the file was generated as a result of printing to a postscript file, the file contents are not viewable but can only be printed. (If the file was generated as a result of printing to a postscript printer then the file will contain postscript and to view it treat it as a .ps file.)

To print a .prn file open a command session and use the following command:

copy filename.prn /b prn:

This copies the file to the default printer - so if the default printer is not the required printer then you will need to change the default printer before you start. Alternately to print to a network printer would be:

copy filename.prn /b \\computer\sharename

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