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Windows 2000 includes a Generic/Text Only printer driver that acts as anull printer driver.
Earlier versions of Windows NT do not include a true null printer driver.Instead, the printing system adds carriage returns or escape codes tocontrol the placement of text. With the Generic/Text Only printer driverincluded in Windows 2000, you can print text from a program without printerdriver-specific information (such as carriage returns, spaces, or escapecodes) being added to your print job. When you print from a program you arerunning locally, the program may add characters, but the null printerdriver does not. In addition, extra information is not included in rawdatatype print jobs sent from network clients.