Printing to a File with a Network Printer

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Microsoft Windows for Workgroups version 3.11 contains the following text in the [ports] section of the WIN.INI file:
   ; A line with [filename].PRN followed by an equal sign causes
   ; [filename] to appear in the Control Panel's Printer Configuration
   ; dialog box. A printer connected to [filename] directs its output
   ; into this file. The file must be on one of your local drives; you
   ; cannot print to a network file.
In Windows 95, when you create a local printer connection to <filename>.PRN there is no option to share the printer. You cannot share the printer even if you add it to the WIN.INI file.


Windows 95 does not provide support for sharing <filename>.PRN when attached as a printer.


To work around this behavior, follow these steps:
  1. Double-click My Computer.
  2. Double-click the Printers folder.
  3. Double-click the Add Printer icon.
  4. Use the Add Printer Wizard to add the Generic/Text Only printer as a local printer.
  5. Use the right mouse button to click the Generic/Text Only printer, then click Properties on the menu that appears.
  6. On the Details tab, click Spool Settings. In the Spool Data Format box, click RAW. Click the OK button.
  7. Click OK.
  8. Use the right mouse button to click the Generic/Text Only printer, then click Pause Printing on the menu that appears.
When you print to the Generic/Text Only printer, the print job is spooled to the Windows\SPOOL\PRINTERS subdirectory as an editable temporary file with an .SPL extension. A header file with an .SHD extension is also created. An .SHD file is a "shadow" file that contains all the information the spooler needs to resubmit a print job in the event that your computer restarts before the print job is finished.


Article ID: 125634 - Last Review: November 15, 2006 - Revision: 1.1
  • Microsoft Windows 95
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