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Without knowing the specific about your computer envirnment, Here's what I
usually do:

1) make the print file as you described
2) open up a DOS box
3) then issue a DOS command "copy filename.prn lptn:" (where the n would be
the print port your deskjet is connected to).

The file should print out OK.  You may even be able to write a *.bat or
*.pif to do this for you.  Again, without knowing your system better, this
may or may not works.


Frank L. Yang, P.E.
Senior Engineer                                   BERGER/ABAM Engineers Inc
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: T. Eric Gillham PE [mailto:gk2(--nospam--at)]
> Sent: Monday, June 28, 1999 2:53 PM
> To: seaoc list
> Subject: WIN98 Question
> I've got a general question on Windows that I am hoping someone
> on the list
> can answer:
> When I am setting up a printer on WIN98, I have the option of
> printing to a
> file.  When this is done, WIN98 suggests giving the file the extension
> ".prn".  However, once I have done this, there is no association for this
> file name.
> I was envisioning being able to print to a file, then just dragging and
> dropping said print file (*.prn) onto a printer shortcut, and having it
> print the file.  However, because WIN98 doesn't associate *.prn files with
> any particular action, of course nothing happens.
> If I try to associate *.prn files with an action, I am required to use a
> program.  But I can't figure out which program to use, if any.
> The reason I am doing this is we have an HP deskjet hooked up to another
> computer in my office.  Deskjets take forever to print out color
> plots, and
> I want to be able to transfer the print files to the other
> computer (no LAN
> in our office), so that I don't tie up my computer.
> Anyone have any experience setting up and actually using a
> printer as "print
> to file"?  HELP!
> T. Eric Gillham PE
> GK2 Inc.
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