Re: Print to File
On Sun, 28 Sep 2008 09:04:23 -0700, "Dave T." <davey@MyPlace.net>
> Malke wrote:
> > Dave T. wrote:
> >> Drew Leyda wrote:
> >>> Folks:
> >>> I do not know where else to ask this question. I have Goggled it every
> >>> way I could think of.
> >>> I have a laptop with Vista Home premium. I am in a hospital. I do not
> >>> have a printer.
> >>> Occasionally I would like to Print to Text a program output so I could
> >>> Email it to a friend to print for me.
> >>> Is there anyway I can do that.
> >> This is usually part of your printer software. With my HP printer I
> >> simply click File>print, and when the print dialog comes up there is a
> >> check box for "Print to file". I use it occasionally. I think it is just
> >> a modified copy command.
> > The problem with creating a .prn file is that I believe the recipient must
> > have the same printer to open it. I could be wrong about that, but that's
> > why I suggested the OP create a .pdf instead.
> > Malke
> Probably a good idea, but again I think it may be different depending on
> printer software. With my HP, the "Print to File" simply makes an exact
> copy of what I want to print including the format. If I have a document
> already saved to my computer and I command "Print to file", it makes an
> exact duplicate, same format extension, and same location on the
> computer. I end up with the same results as if I had simply copied and
> pasted to a new file.
> Re-reading the OP, why not save as, and email as an attachment?
Because if the E-mail recipient doesn't have the same printer you do,
the attachment will not print properly when received.
If you create something that was printed to file, that print-to-file
capability must have been created using the correct printer driver for
the printer it will ultimately be printed on. If not, it will not be
printed correctly. You can do this if you know what printer the
recipient has, and install the print-to-file using its driver;
otherwise it won't work correctly. That's why Malke's suggestion to
create a pdf file instead is a very good one.
Ken Blake, Microsoft MVP - Windows Desktop Experience
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