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What is the best way to print PRN files and what is a PRN file?
A PRN file is a special type of file which contains instructions for a printer, it tells the printer what to print on the page and where, as well as which paper tray to use, what the paper size is and a number of other controls. Open a .PRN file in any text editor, but first check whether it contains any junk or any other unnecessary code.
PRN files are usually created automatically by a printer driver. In fact, this is the primary purpose of the printer driver- to translate the generic output from an application such as Word or Notepad into something the printer can understand and interpret. Normally this whole process of creating the PRN file is transparent that even a lay man can print a document in their favorite application.
There can however be some uses for intercepting and capturing a PRN file before it gets to the printer. Having the PRN file offers one an option to reprint the document without running or even having the original application that created the file. Print to File is perfect for being able to reproduce an exact print out time and time again. Knowing how to print the PRN file is the only requirement, which is where PrnPrint enters the picture.
PrnPrint (386k – W9x/2k/XP) is a free program that has a option to easily print captured “Print to file” files, (*.prn), text files (*.txt) and postscript files (*.ps). There is an option in this application that will add a link in the “ Send To” menu that points to PrnPrint.
Print in a Flash
Most folks print a file by opening its application, then opening the file, choosing File, Print, and finally closing the application. To save on clicks and keystrokes, try the following technique instead.
Open Windows Explorer or My Documents and locate the file or files to print. Right-click the file or a group of selected files and choose Print. For most file types, the associated application will automatically open, send the file to the printer and close without further action.
Sometimes with image files the right-click Print command will launch a special process, such as the Photo Printing Wizard.
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