WD: PCL Escape Codes to Use with the PRINT Field

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This article lists some of the escape codes that can be used in the PRINT field for printing documents to Hewlett-Packard (HP) or HP-compatible printers. For example, the construction {PRINT 27"&l2S"} at the top of a page causes a duplexing printer to begin printing on both sides of the page.


Note: Not all of these commands are supported on all HP printers, nor are they guaranteed to work exactly as described on non-HP printers. Check your printer's manual or technical support line to be sure.

For further information on HPCL escape sequences, refer to your HP printer's user's manual or the "Hewlett-Packard PCL 5 Printer Language Technical Reference Manual," available from Hewlett Packard.
Command     Function             # refers to
27"E"       Printer Reset

27"&l#X"    Number of copies     1 to 32,767

27"&l#G"    Output bin           1 = upper bin
                                 2 = lower bin
27"&l1T"    Job separation

27"&l#S"    Selects single or    0 = single-sided
            duplex (two-sided)   1 = duplex, long-edge binding
            printing and choice  2 = duplex, short-edge binding
            of binding

27"&l#H"    Paper source         0 = current source
                                 1 = upper tray
                                 2 = manual feed - paper
                                 3 = manual feed -  envelope
                                 4 = lower tray or mp tray
                                 5 = envelope feeder or optional 500-
                                     sheet cassette (HP 4/4M)
                                 6 = envelope feeder (HP 4/4M)

27"&l#A"    Paper Size           1 = executive
                                 2 = letter
                                 3 = legal
                                 26 = A4

            Envelope Size        100 = Commercial B5
                                 80 = Monarch
                                 81 = Commercial 10
                                 90 = DL
                                 91 = International C5

27"&l#O"    Orientation          0 = portrait
                                 1 = landscape
                                 2 = reverse portrait
                                 3 = reverse landscape

27"&l#G"    Output Destination   1 = Upper tray
                                 2 = Rear tray

27"*t#R"    Resolution           75   =  75 dpi
                                 300  =  300 dpi
                                 600  =  600 dpi (on supported printers)


27             The Escape character; just type 27.
"              Opening or closing quotation marks for the command string
               (must be "straight" quotes, not "smart" or "curly" quotes).
&              Ampersand.
l              Lowercase letter "L".
#              Option specifier, a number.
E, X, G, etc.  Printer command specifier.

  • If you are using version 3.31.89 of the HP IIIx driver, insert these command sequences at the beginning of the page where you want the new setting to take effect. For versions of the HP III driver later than 3.31.89, if header or footer text exists in the document (including page numbers), you must insert the printer control sequence in the header on a line by itself, terminated with a hard-carriage return. You can format this line for 1 point to minimize its effect on the formatting of header text, if necessary.
  • The Resolution setting of 600 dpi using a 300 dpi driver with a 600-dpi printer will make the resulting printout half the normal size.


For more information about PRINT fields, do one of the following for your version of Word:

Word 97

Click the Office Assistant, type PRINT field, click Search, and then click to view " Field codes: Print field."

NOTE: If the Assistant is hidden, click the Office Assistant button on the Standard toolbar. If Microsoft Help is not installed on your computer, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
120802 Office: How to Add/Remove a Single Office Program or Component

Word 95

On the Help menu, click Answer Wizard. On the Answer Wizard tab, type PRINT field, and click Search. Click the "Field Codes: Print field" topic and then click Display.

Word 6.0

On the Help menu, click "Search for help on". On the Index tab, type PRINT field, and then click Display.


Article ID: 135569 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 1.2
  • Microsoft Word 6.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Word 6.0a
  • Microsoft Word 6.0c
  • Microsoft Word 95 Standard Edition
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  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition
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