File Extension Library

.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.

List of all softwares that can open the Printable File
ACD Systems Canvas X 2019
AllWeb FastPrint
Microsoft Windows Command Prompt
File Type 2:

Lotus 1-2-3 Formatted Text File

Developer by: IBM Category: Data Files Format: Text

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.

List of all softwares that can open the Lotus 1-2-3 Formatted Text File
IBM Collaboration Solutions
Microsoft Excel 2016
IBM Collaboration Solutions
Microsoft Excel 2016

How to Open .PRN file on different platforms

Open .PRN File on Windows

  • Right-click a .PRN
  • Left-click "Open With" > "Choose another app"
  • Select the program that opens .PRN file and Select check box "Always use this app to open .PRN files" Press "Ok"

Open .PRN File on Mac

  • Right-click (or Ctrl + Left-click) the .PRN file
  • Click "Open With" > "Other.."
  • Then choose another program from the app list and press "Open"
  • Select check box "Turn on" for "Always open in app"

Open .PRN File on Linux

Right click on the .PRN file, choose "Open with" and select a program from the list above

Open .PRN File on iPhone

Select a file. If you don't see an application to open the .PRN file, tap "Share" and choose the right app.
Method 2
Save the file. Then open the app «Files». Touch and hold the file, then release your finger. You will see a black menu bar. After that tap "Share" and select an application.

Open .PRN File on Android

Tap the Settings icon on an Android smartphone, then select «Applications». Click the Settings icon in the upper right corner of the screen, to change the default apps.
If you want to open, edit, save or even convert .PRN files on Android, then your best bet is to download one of the dedicated apps available on Google Play.

How to fix problems with .PRN files

  1. You need to update the application that you normally use to open .PRN files. Only the latest version of the software supports the current .PRN file format
  2. You need to check the .PRN file for viruses. To do this, you need to scan it with a popular antivirus (Norton, Nod32, Kaspersky, Dr.Web, etc.)