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Chapter 6. Printing and Faxing in Word > Creating a Print File from Which You C...

Creating a Print File from Which You Can Print Later

Occasionally, you may want to prepare a file to print but not actually print it. Perhaps you want to take it to the fancy laser printer at the office, which can print at much higher resolution than your home printer does, or has color capabilities that your home laser printer doesn't. Or perhaps you're planning to print a newsletter using your local printing shop. In this case, you may need a file that the shop's computers can use directly to generate film that can be used to print your newsletter.

Whatever your reasons, Word enables you to print to file—that is, create a disk file that contains all the commands and information a printer needs in order to print the document. To print a document to a file, first make sure that you've installed a printer driver for the printer you ultimately intend to use—otherwise, Word won't know what commands and information to include in the file it creates.


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