On Tue, 2 Jan 2007 12:02:11 -0400, "Tom Ferguson"
>The "printer file" so produced is the output of the printer driver that
>would have been sent to the printer if the printer's port were set as
>the target output device.
>This means that the format and content of the file differ depending on
>the printer type and the options selected in the driver. Some printer
>files can be viewed with Notepad. This will not give you a view of the
>document as it would print but there might be enough text decipherable
>to be useful. Some printers output as a graphics page. There will be
>nothing useful seen by Notepad or any other text editor. However, you
>might be able to make a file copy with a tif extension and view it in a
>program like Ifran View. If it is a HPGL laser, some graphics programs
>can view the file simply by opening it. Some printers output as
>bit-mapped or outline font data interspersed with printer commands.
>If you let us know the printer make and model, perhaps someone can offer
>For reference: best to also save a copy of the word processor or other
>original file as well. Yes, I know-barn door open, horse gone. ;-)
>"ajmplanner" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> I have stored many dozens files on my hard drive using the
>> option from the standard Print Dialog Box . I need to save these
>> files for
>> auditing purposes but I don't need to print all of them at any time.
>> I know
>> how to print them but I would like to view the files before I print
>> them as I
>> only want to select certain ones for printing based on their content .
>> out there know how to do this, or if there is some software out there
>> to do
>> it? Thanks in advance for any replies.
Or set the driver to Generic Text for the print to file "printer".
Note no fancy fonts allowed.
Sounds like you want to make a PDF of your document.
Acrobat reader would then be your viewer.