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Today I configure windows printer drivers with FILE:(Print to File) URL.

This way when I goto print files, the application prompts for a filename -- ![alt text][2]

Is it possible configure printer to save files without asking filename? The FILE: port does not have any configurable values.

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I am looking this on windows. A Unix/Linux solution should be fine too. ( Note that some other printer ports (PDFCreator) can be configured to save the files without asking user. That is a good workaround)

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I've read this 'question' four times now and I'm still not even close to understanding any of it - can you please rewrite this to be far clearer and give more details. – Chopper3 Jul 22 '10 at 12:52
As far as I can tell you are using "print to file", rather than a physical printer, and would like to know how to have Windows automatically create a filename instead of prompting for one each time you print. Am I even close to the mark? – John Gardeniers Jul 23 '10 at 4:32
Yes. that is exactly what I am trying. ( I tried to edit the question with images/URL. Not yet got enough credits) – Jayan Jul 27 '10 at 6:18
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You can do something like this:

  • open printer properties
  • ports tab
  • Add Port...
  • Local Port
  • C:\TEMP\PrinterFile.prn
  • OK, OK

The issue with this approach is that you need to have another process grab C:\TEMP\PrinterFile.prn and process it before another print job comes in and overwrites the file.

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Great help. Thank you! While this does not give a control over name for each print, this probably enough for my case. (This is only used for testing. I can control one print at a time) Thanks – Jayan Jul 29 '10 at 3:41

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