Finding default location for Print To File

January 12, 2011 at 10:53:06
Specs: Windows XP, 512 mb
in windows xp, while on the web, i did a "print to file" entering a name only. but now, where can i find the file? i did a search and came up with nothing. how do i determine the default path, and, how to i change this?

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January 12, 2011 at 11:03:54
do a search of the entire drive for *.prn

prn is the usual extension for a print to file.

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January 12, 2011 at 11:22:27
I tried that, and re-tried upon your post. Still, not found.

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January 12, 2011 at 12:09:16
Repeat what you did before, but this time, pay attention. The location was indicated at the time you typed in a name for the file.

It may not have produced a *.prn", as one would expect. All depends on how/when you proceeded to print-to-file. It well might have been "intercepted/hijacked" by your then-current default printer.

Do a search with wild-cards for only the very first part of the name you gave it, and expect that it may not have actually printed-to-file (as you/we understand it).

The default location is most likely not an XP default, but your system's current default. What was the location of your last "print" operation? What printer driver did you use?

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January 12, 2011 at 12:22:14
OK next thing to try is a search on *.* and then sort by date. Look for a file that has the same date appox time stamp as your save to file.


redownload and do a save as to your desktop would be the next step.

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January 12, 2011 at 20:01:39
"The location was indicated at the time you typed in a name for the file."

I re-did the print-to-file procedure, but again, was prompted for the file name. But, I saw no sign of a path. I suspect that I could enter that before the file name. In fact, I re-did the p-t-f procedure both entering a path c: followed by the file name. To me, it should have then been deposited in the c: root director. But, when I went there to search, it was not to be found.

Earlier I searched the computer with a *.* (sorted by recent date) and a partial name.* but had no return either.

With other programs (Office), I can generally assign the directories where files are to be saved, etc.

This print-to-file location designation seems like it should be a simple procedure, but it has me baffled.

My current print setting default is for my HP Printer -- it works fine.

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January 12, 2011 at 23:02:32
I just deleted 2-3 paragraphs I had been preparing as reply, but then I changed my mind about posting it because it now seems obvious that you never actually successfully printed-to-file in the first instance.

It would still be kinda useful to us for you to describe exactly how you attempted this in the first place. Is it supposed to be a trade secret? Fess up! :)

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January 12, 2011 at 23:37:32
thanks for the attempted guidance.

i think you are probably right that no print actually occurred, since no such file shows in my file searches. although, in the past, i have not been necessarily impressed with the Windows Explorer search returns.

to recount, i was in my mozilla firefox browser, reading an article that i wanted to preserve for my personal records. i therefore decided to print it to file before the link disappeared.

so, in mozilla firefox, i went to the File/Print command, and, instead of printing the webpage to my printer (HP), i selected (checked the box) Print to File, and then selected the OK button to proceed. but with no clue as to which directory it was saved, i searched for it fruitlessly.

well that is about the story.

to reconfirm, i have just gone through that sequence of a.m. again at near midnight. i then again just did another Windows Explorer Search for the modified files of today, and this time i found both the test file of near midnight, and the missing files of earlier a.m. that i could not track. so, the files did print, and i am not sure why the repeated Windows Explorer Searches of earlier today returned nothing.

no doubt it is me, but i have had varying results with Windows Explorer Search before. thanks a lot to you who have tried to help me.

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June 15, 2011 at 09:59:45
Had similar problem and finally found the saved output from "Print to File" in C:\Program Files\Mozilla Firefox with the name I gave the file when saving it.
I also had no option as to location where the file was saved to.
Still do not know what sype of file it is so printing it is still a non starter.

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June 15, 2011 at 13:32:27
The output file does not have a file extension, but you can open it in a basic text editor like Notepad.

I suggest you instead "print" to PDF using PrimoPDF. I love it and it's free. It installs a print driver, so when you're ready to print, you select PrimoPDF as your printer. After a moment, a window will popup with settings to save the PDF including the location you wish to save it.
Helpful installation and usage tutorial:

It's important to note that PrimoPDF uses Open Candy during the installation process. Open Candy is a network that gives the option to install supplement software with the program you downloaded. Some anti-malware programs mark the PrimoPDF setup file as malware because of this, but disregard it. During the installation process, be sure you uncheck the option to install the supplement software. After you install PrimoPDF, you can delete the setup file and then your anti-malware program won't have a fit because PrimoPDF is not actually malware.

Apologies if I don't respond to your reply immediately. I don't check this site daily, but you're welcome to PM me as a reminder.

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