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.PRN File Extension

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

3.5 (48 Votes)
CategoryData Files


This file is saved in a plain text format. You can open and view the contents of this file using a text editor.

What is a PRN file?

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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Programs that open PRN files
Updated 11/8/2016

File Type 2Printable File

3.5 (30 Votes)
CategoryPage Layout Files


File format categories include Binary, Text, XML, and Zip. The format of this file type has not been determined.

.PRN File Association 2

File created by choosing "Print to File" within the Print dialog box; contains text and other content to be printed as well as instructions for the printer, such as number of pages to print and what printer tray to use; similar to a PostScript (.PS) file.

More Information

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.

Programs that open PRN files
ACD Systems Canvas X 2017
AllWeb FastPrint
Microsoft Windows Command Prompt
Free Raw Print (FRP)
Compatible printer driver that can interpret PRN files
Drag to Desktop Printer icon
Compatible printer driver that can interpret PRN files
Updated 6/5/2015

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