Print to File

April 14, 2005 at 10:46:23
Specs: WinXP Pro - SP2, 400mz/394m

When I print-to-file, a file called 'file' (no extension) is created in \windows\system32. It should ask for a file name and location to put it - it doesn't.
I created the (printer) 'print to file' on a friend's system (the same way) and it works correctly.
Help - I need this function

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Rob Schulte April 15, 2005 at 07:40:08

I think I know what you mean, are you getting the little box that comes up that asks for a filename? but gives you no option of browsing for location?

If so, you can type in a location for that file as well as filename. BUT to make it easier go to & download "PathCopyX"

Now before you print to file, right click on the folder you want to print to then select "Copy Path to Clipboard" then type your filename adding the extension of .ps or .prn which ever you prefer.

For a true .ps file the printer driver must be a Postscript Printer Driver.

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April 16, 2005 at 10:36:13

The problem is - I don't get a dialog box asking for a file name or location.
It automatically creates 'file' in c:\windows\system32.

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April 17, 2005 at 04:02:09

I have exactly the same problem on Win2KPro, does anyone know how to Print to File and then view and maybe Print the resulting file? The reason for wanting to do this is that when I am surfing the net I often find things I want to read later and perhaps print but I don't want to stop and have all the hassles with printing to paper at the time not to mention the cost of the paper ie trees.

Please help.

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Rob Schulte April 21, 2005 at 14:18:17

Definitely Odd behaviour for "print to file"

1. Is it possible that the "File" port is missing? Did you uninstall Adobe Acrobat 5 to upgrade to 6 or 7, This deleted my File port one time.

2. The File port can be re-ported to automatically produce a file in a location with a file name. SO everytime that a file is printed it will go to the same location as the last file & have the same file name. Check to ensure that the port is named "FILE" & not C:/windows/system32

3. How are you printing to file? is the printer driver ported to the File port? or are you checking the box in MS Word or the like that says "print to file"

To zqwerty:
there do exist so prn viewers, but the easiest way is to install a new print driver & port it to the file port, this would yield a filename.prn or from here you can create a PDF either with Adobe Acrobat (full version not the reader) or any number of free PDF converters. Try here for a freeware version:

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Rob Schulte April 21, 2005 at 14:30:29

To Recreate the FILE port

you could delete the port named C:\windows\system32 & then recreate the port.

It must be named FILE:

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April 23, 2005 at 10:21:25

I am using adobe Reader 7.0 - but
it didn't remove the port.
Just in case - I deleted the port and
recreated it - still n/g
The only difference I see - on a system that works - the port 'description' is 'file' - while on mine - the 'description is 'local port'

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