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.PRN File Extension

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This file is saved in a plain text format.
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Lotus 1-2-3 Formatted Text File
DeveloperIBM
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CategoryData Files
File Format Description

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

Program(s) that open .PRN files
Updated 2/4/2011

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File TypePrintable File
DeveloperN/A
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CategoryPage Layout Files
File Format Description

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.

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.

Program(s) that open .PRN files
Microsoft Windows Logo
Windows
ACD Systems Canvas Icon ACD Systems Canvas 15
Icon Microsoft Office Document ImagingExternal Link
Icon AllWeb FastPrintExternal Link
Microsoft Windows Command Prompt Icon Microsoft Windows Command PromptExternal Link
Icon Free Raw Print (FRP)
Icon Compatible printer driver that can interpret PRN files
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Mac OS
Icon Drag to Desktop Printer icon
Icon Compatible printer driver that can interpret PRN files
Updated 9/30/2008