redirect printer output to file

August 25, 2009 at 17:31:51
Specs: Windows 2000
I have a dos based program that outputs directly to Lpt1 and then to the printer. I wish to redirect this output so I can save it to a file. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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August 25, 2009 at 18:18:16
What Dos program?
In some of them you can set the printer settings to print to a file.

Are you using it in 2000?
If so, you can set the properties of some printers to print to a file in 2000, and the Dos program may then do that as well.

What printer?

Legacy parallel port, or USB (computer end) to parallel (printer end) connected?

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August 25, 2009 at 22:50:58
You might check out PRN2FILE:


The 'explanation' there isn't very clear but it looks like you can enter the command in autoexec.bat which should redirect all printer output so you may not have to worry about doing it within the dos program itself. The DOC download should make things clearer.

I don't know how that's going to work with your windows 2000.

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