How to Convert PRN to Text

By Rachel Miller

When you print a document, your file is converted into a set of commands that your printer can understand and act on. The resulting file is a Printer Text File (PRN). PRN files can be opened in a number of plain text viewers but instead of appearing as text, the document will appear as a scrambled and unreadable set of coded commands. In order to convert the commands of a PRN file into text, it is necessary to use a PostScript printer driver in conjunction with a PostScript reader.

Step 1

Download, install and run the Adobe PostScript printer driver (see Resources).

Step 2

Download GSView (see Resources).

Step 3

Click on "File" and then "Print to file" on your document. Choose a location for the PRN file on your computer and click "Print."

Step 4

Click on "Start" and then "My Computer" from your desktop view. Navigate to the file in which you saved your PRN.

Step 5

Right-click on the file name and select "Open with."

Select "GSView" from your list of programs. Your file will be converted to text and opened in GSView.