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  • Having Problem printing to file

    We have recently upgraded our Alpha4V6 to Alpha4V8. Since we upgraded, all reports that I have set up to print into a text file are not working. Everytime I print the report, the file is not created and the content of the file ends up printed on paper. How do I get to print to the file as it did before the upgrade?



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    Printing to text file


    I just opened A4V8 and printed a report to a text file with no problem. You problem possibly is related to the script that prints the report.

    Have you tried to manually print the report? If that works (the report name will default to 'A4.LST'), however, you can change the name AND destination.

    I am running Win XP Pro SP2. What OS are you running?

    Last edited by davej; 03-01-2006, 01:14 PM. Reason: fingers got ahead of brain
    Dave Jampole

    Women and cats will do whatever they want. The sooner men and dogs realize that, the happier they will be.


    • #3
      Re: Having Problem printing to file

      I had the same problem printing to a file when I switched from Windows98
      to Windows2000 and to WindowsXP.

      My report that I was sending to a disk file or a floppy disk stopped working and instead, it would give me a hard copy printout.
      After a lot of playing and trying things, here is how I got it to work again.

      Set yourself up a DOS printer.
      Tell your report to use the DOS printer and not a Windows printer.

      My report now goes to the Hard Disk and the Floppy.
      It does not print on paper though, which is exactly what I wanted.

      It looks like it is not a Windows problem but with Alpha4V8


      • #4
        Re: Having Problem printing to file

        What WGuilory wrote is what Alpha people told me several years ago. I installed a DOS printer and had to select that printer to manually print to file. It has worked for me. (Now if I could only get my printer to print out reports!?)

        Phil Ramstad


        • #5
          Re: Having Problem printing to file

          FWIW, the same thing can be done with a windows printer.

          Add a new printer (in windows).
          For "Port to print to" I chose "File (print to file)",
          for manufacturer I chose "Generic",
          for "Printers" I chose "Generic/text only".

          Finish the windows setup, add a new windows printer in Alpha4 selecting your newly created windows generic/text only printer. When I print from alpha using this printer a small windows popup appears asking me for filename to print to.

          TJ Baker