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USING PRINT FILES

PRINT FILE PRINTS GARBAGE

The Annoyance:

I needed to print a report from our accounting software application at work. The printer was down, and I didn’t want to wait for the repairs to be completed, so I chose the Print to File option on the Print dialog box. I emailed the print file to my home email address. When I got home, I sent the file to my printer using the correct copy command. The printer spewed out pages and pages of garbage characters, along with a small amount of text from the report. Why doesn’t this work properly?

The Fix:

Your work printer is a different model than the one you have at home. Print files don’t work unless you send them to the same printer model you selected when you opened the Print dialog box. The codes in the print file are specific to, and proprietary for, the printer you selected when you created the file.


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