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.PCL File Extension

File TypePrinter Command Language Document

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CategoryPage Layout Files

What is a PCL file?

Digital printed document created in the Printer Command Language (PCL) page description language; describes the layout of text and graphics for the document; originally used by Hewlett-Packard printers in the 1980s and now used by HP LaserJet printers and others; widely used but offers fewer features than the PostScript (.PS) format.

More Information

PCL files can be created from the Windows print dialog by redirecting the print output to a file using a compatible PCL driver. They can also be created in Unix systems by redirecting the printer queue to a file.

PCL files can be printed to any HP LaserJet printer by opening the Windows command prompt and typing print file.pcl. In Unix, you can type lpr file.pcl.

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Programs that open PCL files
Updated 10/14/2014

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