Information about the .prn (prn) file type

Below is all the information we have available on file about the .prn (prn) file type.

A print file created as the result of 'printing to a file'. The .prn file can be printed on any printer of the same type for which it was originally generated. (This allows a .prn file to be generated on one computer, copied to another and then printed from there.)

Unless the file was generated as a result of printing to a postscript file, the file contents are not viewable but can only be printed. (If the file was generated as a result of printing to a postscript printer then the file will contain postscript and to view it treat it as a .ps file.)

To print a .prn file open a command session and use the following command:

copy filename.prn /b prn:

This copies the file to the default printer - so if the default printer is not the required printer then you will need to change the default printer before you start. Alternately to print to a network printer would be:

copy filename.prn /b \\computer\sharename

The following links provide further information related to the .prn file extension:

Where this is available we would like to include file format information on .prn files, as well as information on how to view or open files of type .prn. If you know of any information which we have missed then please let us know.