How can i view and print .PRN files

January 9, 2013 at 00:01:48
Specs: Windows 7
.prn file viewer- which programme i can use to view it..?

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January 9, 2013 at 05:17:42
You can't view a PRN file, all it contains is non-readable printer data using all sorts of odd-looking symbols and characters. You have to send the file to a printer then you can see the result on the printed document.

It dates back to the days of MS-DOS when you could (and still can) "print to a file" instead of actually printing something if no printer is available. You can then use a command prompt to send the PRN file to a printer when one is available.

It used to work with old parallel port printers, not sure about modern printers though.

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January 9, 2013 at 06:32:54

I'm certainly no expert on .prn files, but I just created then saved a very simple Excel workbook as a .prn file and then opened it in Notepad in Windows 7.

It opened looking basically the same as the spreadsheet:

  Name    Age      A       B       C       D
  Bill     47      Y               Y       Y
  Sue      22              Y       Y

I don't have any other .prn files to test, but it worked fine with this simple sheet.

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January 9, 2013 at 07:18:44
What kind of .PRN file do you mean?

In both Lotus 1-2-3 and Excel there are .PRN file types
In Lotus it is described as a Formatted Text File
In Excel it is a Formatted Text Space Delimited file

Both of these file types probably do not need any special program to view.
Any text editor should work.

If your talking about a file that you did a Save As Print To File type .PRN,
which can contain all kinds of print codes then this may work.

Rename the .PRN file to .PS
Then use GSview to convert to a .PDF
Get GSview here:

After converting, open the newly created .PDF in Adobe Acrobat
Edit-Copy to Clipboard
Open Word and Paste

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