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How to open a PRN file in Office/Word 2010

    Question

  • Hello,

    How do you open a PRN file to see how it converted? I only want to open the document to see how it converted, not print it. I used Windows XP and Microsoft Word 2003 and would create a PRN file by PRINT TO FILE/GENERIC-TEXT ONLY Printer. Then I would open the document in Word 2003 and could see how the document converted. I bought a new computer with Windows 7x64 bit and Microsoft Office 2010 and now when I follow the same steps to create a PRN file I cannot open the document in Word 2010 to see the converted document. Please provided step-by-step instructions if there are any suggestions/solutions.
    Friday, August 27, 2010 9:22 AM

Answers

  • Hi,

     

    Office is not needed to open the PRN files.

     

    There are server programs that can open PRN files, such as the following:

    ACD Systems Canvas 11 info

    Microsoft Office Document Imaging info

    AllWeb FastPrint info

    Microsoft Windows Command Prompt info

    Free Raw Print (FRP) info

    Compatible printer driver that can interpret PRN files

     

    Best Regards,

     

    Sally Tang

    • Marked as answer by Sally Tang Friday, September 03, 2010 7:04 AM
    Monday, August 30, 2010 8:13 AM

All replies

  • Hi,

     

    Office is not needed to open the PRN files.

     

    There are server programs that can open PRN files, such as the following:

    ACD Systems Canvas 11 info

    Microsoft Office Document Imaging info

    AllWeb FastPrint info

    Microsoft Windows Command Prompt info

    Free Raw Print (FRP) info

    Compatible printer driver that can interpret PRN files

     

    Best Regards,

     

    Sally Tang

    • Marked as answer by Sally Tang Friday, September 03, 2010 7:04 AM
    Monday, August 30, 2010 8:13 AM
  • eh? this is vague answer !

    ok Microsoft Windows Command prompt info

    like

    60pages.prn > Microsoft Windows Command prompt info

    that aught to do it  according to you ! not ! you assume too much. Frankly I dont kow why .prn files created in Windows do not open under standard windows apps without hoop jumping, PS, PCL dont matter hummmm vague again. This should just work opening .prn files without having to hunt down a 3rd party app - should have just made it print to PDF by default but no I have to install/hoop jump to get this file corrected. Guess I'll wait for windows 10/X.

    thanks for trying.

    J


    4040 assembler
    Wednesday, December 01, 2010 6:06 PM
  • Sally,

     

    What does your answer mean?  Seriously?


    Profuse thanks
    Monday, June 20, 2011 6:03 AM