What is a .PRN File And How To Open It (Easy Guide)

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Introduction

Have you downloaded a file with .prn extension, but you have never seen this extension before? You most likely know what the file is, but you might be unsure on how to open it. Thanks to this easy guide you will be able to find out what .prn file extension is, how to open it and how to work with it.

What is a .PRN file?

The file extension .PRN comes from Print to File.

What to know

There are currently 2 software that can open the .prn file on 2 platforms.

How to open a .PRN file?

Below you can find an easy to understand, step-by-step guide to open the .PRN file on your operating system/device.

How to open a .PRN file on Windows (7, 8, 10)

The .prn file can be opened in 4 steps on Windows.

1. In the first step you need to download the Microsoft Windows Command Prompt software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Locating your .PRN file

2. In the second step you need to locate the downloaded file. If you don’t remember where you have downloaded your file to, you should check your /download/ folder as it usually gets automatically saved there.

Step 3

Step 3: Choose “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choose the software and click ok

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Microsoft Windows Command Prompt software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. That’s all, now you have opened your file on Windows.

How to open a .PRN file on Mac

There are 4 simple steps to open the .prn file on Mac.

1. In the first step you need to download the Apple Preview software. You will be using this software in order to open the file.

Step 2

Step 2: Finding your .PRN file

2. The second step is locating the downloaded file. The file can be usually found in your /download/ folder if you don’t remember where you have downloaded it to.

Step 3

Step 3: Clicking “Open with”

3. In the third step, after locating your file, right click on it and click “Open with”.

Step 4

Step 4: Choosing the software to open your file

4. After choosing the “Open with” option, you will have an option to choose the Apple Preview software you have downloaded. Click on the software and click “OK”. Congratulations! You have opened your file on Mac.

Still cannot open the .PRN file?

If you cannot open the .PRN file, it is entirely possible that you are trying to open the wrong file. The .PRN file extension is similar to other file extensions such as: .prn – IBM. You might be trying to open one of them. Please recheck the file extension again.

Conclusion

In this article you have learned how to open the .PRN file with the Microsoft Windows Command Prompt program on Windows and Apple Preview program on Mac.