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.PRN File Extension

File Type 1Printable File

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CategoryPage Layout Files

What is a PRN file?

A PRN file contains instructions for a printer, which includes the content to be printed, the number of pages to print, the paper size, and the printer tray to use. It is created by choosing "Print to File" within the Print dialog box in a Windows or macOS program. PRN files are similar to PostScript (.PS) files.

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PRN files may be printed in Mac OS X by dragging the file to the desktop printer icon. In Windows, they can be printed by right-clicking the file and selecting "Microsoft Office Document Imaging" (only some versions of Microsoft Office Document Imaging support PRN files). You may also open them via the Windows command line. To do this, select "Run" from the Start Menu, type "cmd," and perform the following steps:

If the printer is connected via USB, type:
"COPY /B [filename.prn] \\[Computer Name]\[Shared Printer Name]"

If the printer is connected via an older parallel port connection, type:
"COPY /B [filename.prn] LPT1:"

NOTE: Do not include the [brackets] when typing the actual command.

You can also rename the PRN file as an .XPS file and open it with various programs, such as Microsoft XPS Viewer, Pagemark XpsViewer, and NiXPS View. To rename the file, select the filename and rename .prn to .xps.

You may open a PRN file with a text editor, such as Microsoft Notepad or Apple TextEdit. The file stores the text to be printed as plain text but the printing instructions consist of printer codes, which should not be modified or else you will encounter printer errors.

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Updated 2/13/2019

File Type 2Lotus 1-2-3 Formatted Text File

3.5 (65 Votes)
CategoryData Files

.PRN File Association 2

A PRN file is a text file created by the Lotus 1-2-3 spreadsheet software. It contains an export of the currently-active sheet and is saved in a plain text format. PRN files can be used for importing spreadsheet data into other programs, such as Microsoft Excel.

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Updated 11/8/2016

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