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How To: Print a file

Summary

Methods to send a print file to a printing device.

A print file is created by printing to file. Some common print file extensions are: .ps, .prt, .prn, .rtl, .pcl5, and .esc.

Procedure

  • Windows 95/98

    1. Click Start > Programs > MS-DOS Prompt.

    2. At the DOS prompt, use the 'cd' command to change to the directory containing the file you wish to print.

    3. Depending on the connection type, send the file to the printer using the 'copy' command as follows:

    For a parallel printer connection:
    Code:
    copy /b <file> lpt1

    For a network printer connection:
    Code:
    copy /b <file> \\<print_server_name>\<print_share_name>

    Example:
    Code:
    C:\TEMP>copy /b arcview.prt \\depserver\printer
    1 file(s) copied.
    C:\TEMP>_

  • Windows NT or 2000

    1. Click Start > Programs > Command Prompt.

    2. At the DOS prompt, use the 'cd' command to change to the directory containing the file you wish to print.

    3. Send the file to the printer using the 'copy' command as described above, or using the 'print' command as follows:

    For a parallel printer connection from DOS:
    Code:
    C:\> print /d:lpt1 <files...>

    For a parallel printer connection from Arc:
    Code:
    Arc: &sys print /d:lpt1 <files...>

    For a network printer connection from DOS:
    Code:
    print /d:\\<print_server_name>\<print_share_name> <files...>

    For a network printer connection from Arc:
    Code:
    &sys print /d:\\<print_server_name>\<print_share_name> <files...>

    For network printers, check the printer properties or consult your network administrator for the print server name and print share name.