.PRN File Extension
- Category: Page Layout Files
What is an .PRN file?
.PRN file extension has been classified as Page Layout Files.
.PRN is Printable File
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.
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.
Lotus 1-2-3 Formatted Text 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.