Including Windows printer output in Word documents

Subject: Including Windows printer output in Word documents
From: "Peter Ring, PRC" <prc -at- PIP -dot- DKNET -dot- DK>
Date: Thu, 2 Jan 1997 09:27:58 +1

On Wed, 1 Jan 1997 Tom Hansen wrote:

> I have a Windows application which produces printed reports. I
> would like to be able to include samples of this output in a MS
> Word document.

> I have tried using a PostScript printer driver, and setting it to
> "create EPS file". However, Word will not recognize the generated
> output as a valid EPS file.

> Worse, if the output is more than a page, the printer driver
> complains that it can't create a "multi-page EPS file", and doesn't
> output anything at all.

Well, MS Word's PostScript import filter is not the most
sophisticated one in this world. But in fact only very few
applications are able to open these PS printer-files. CorelDraw 5+ is
one of them.

Here is what to do:

Instead of selecting one of the most advanced printer drivers - the
PostScript driver - install and use the most simple driver: the
Standard text driver.

In Windows95 you will find it under the brand name "Standard"

In Win 3.1x it is the first printer on the list called "Standard/text
only".

Install it to print to file. It will jump over all images (inserting
space or new line to make space for pasting the image afterwards) and
print the text only.

When you insert the file in a Word document, you may see a small
square at the end of each line. It is extra ASCII 13 (Hex
1D)characters, and they disappear when you save the Word file.

Hard page shifts are inserted as hard page shifts.

Characters above ASCII 127 are interpreted to "nearest equivalent".

A margin is inserted as spaces.

This has worked very fine for me.

Greetings from Denmark

Peter Ring
PRC (Peter Ring Consultants)
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