How to open PRN file extension?

The author of advice: Mr Brankiewicz

PRN files are incessantly popular. However, a file name containing PRN file extension is problematic for some of the users. They have problems with correct opening of a file with PRN extension. However, it should be remembered that PRN file extension can match one or more types of files. The most popular is Generally Printer Output Format but if there are others, you will find information concerning them below.

So, it is worth looking close at the problem concerning PRN files and search for its solution.

A list of programs supporting files types with PRN extension can be found below. Applications are sorted according to appropriate operational systems and their popularity.

  • Generally Printer Output Format

    .prn file extension

    Category: Document Files

    OS Software
    Windows ACD Systems Canvas 12 ACD Systems Canvas 12
    Microsoft Office Document Imaging Microsoft Office Document Imaging
    AllWeb FastPrint AllWeb FastPrint
    Microsoft Windows Command Prompt Microsoft Windows Command Prompt
    Free Raw Print (FRP) Free Raw Print (FRP)
    Compatible printer driver that can interpret PRN files Compatible printer driver that can interpret PRN files
    MAC OS Drag to Desktop Printer icon Drag to Desktop Printer icon
    Compatible printer driver that can interpret PRN files Compatible printer driver that can interpret PRN files
  • Lotus 1-2-3 Formatted Text Format

    .prn file extension

    Category: Database Files

    OS Software
    Windows IBM Lotus 1-2-3 IBM Lotus 1-2-3
    Microsoft Excel 2011 Microsoft Excel 2011
    MAC OS IBM Lotus 1-2-3 IBM Lotus 1-2-3
    Microsoft Excel 2011 Microsoft Excel 2011

How to check if a file we want to open is not infected by malware or viruses?

  • Download Malware/viruses removal tool from PRN files in the Windows system.
  • Click “Start scanning” and wait until the programme performs the scanning process on your computer.

What are the reasons of errors concerning PRN extension of files?

The problem that often causes damage concerning PRN extension are Windows system registry errors. That is why, in the first place it is recommended to:

  • Scan computer in order to identify, repair and open the PRN file
  • Check system registry from the angle of hidden errors
  • Repair file’s associations with programs in the system registry

If you are not sure if the above problems concern you, you should consider other frequent irregularities:

  • You do not have an appropriate application installed that supports PRN file extension
  • PRN file is corrupted
  • The application’s version necessary to open the file is not correct
  • The file is not assigned to an appropriate program

Solving problems with PRN files


If PRN file does not open, firstly, it is worth using files associations built in the Windows system with application that can support them. In order to do it, you should double-click a PRN file icon. A list of programs that probably support such a file will appear. It is enough to choose one of them so that Windows would open a given extension with it. Incorrect file’s association will result in Windows trying to open PRN file with a wrong program all the time even if there is an appropriate application supporting this format on a drive. In this case, it is necessary to perform the above mentioned registry scanning and associations’ repair.

If associations are correct and Windows still cannot open the file, most probably the computer does not have appropriate software supporting files with name containing PRN in their extension. The solution to this problem is very simple. You should buy or download a free (if they exist) application that will allow you to open, browse and edit PRN format (You can also try to find more informations on FileInfo). It is no risk because many paid programs have free test versions enabling to check their functionality.

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