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Printing to Disk Option

Sometimes, printing to a disk file rather than to a printer can be useful. What does printing to a disk file mean? It means that the same data that normally would be sent to the printer is shunted to a disk file, either locally or on the network. The file usually isn't just a copy of the file you were printing; it contains all the special formatting codes that control your printer. Codes that change fonts, print graphics, set margins, break pages, and add attributes such as underline, bold, and so on are all included in this type of file. Print files destined for PostScript printers typically include their PostScript preamble, too.

Printing to a file gives you several options not available when you print directly to the printer. Sometimes print files are used by applications for specific purposes. For example, you might want to print part of a database to a file that will later be pulled into a company report. Or you might want to print an encapsulated PostScript graphics file that will be imported into a desktop publishing document.


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