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Print forms, including reports, to a file

To print a form to a file, such as an invoice, check or report, you must first set up a printer to print to file.

Detailed Instructions

Windows 7 or Vista:

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel. The Control Panel window opens.
  2. Click the Hardware and Sound link.
  3. Under Printers, click the Add a printer link. The Add Printer window opens.
  4. Click Add a local Printer. The Choose a Printer Port window displays.
  5. Select the Use an existing Port option and then click the drop-down arrow and select File: (Print to file). Click Next. The Install Printer Driver window displays.
  6. Under Manufacturer select Generic and under Printers select Generic/Text Only, and click Next until the installation starts.
  7. After the installation completes, click Finish.

Set print to file as the default:

After a Generic/Text Only printer is set up on the system to print to file, you can make it the default printer for checks or other types of forms in QuickBooks.

  1. Select the QuickBooks File menu and select Printer Setup. The Printer Setup window opens.
  2. Select the Form Name to print.
  3. Select the Generic/Text Only printer you set up in the steps above.
  4. Click OK.

Print an individual job as a file:

You can also print to file on a case-by-case basis, without making that the default setting.

  1. Create the form (for example, a check or report) that you want to print to file.
  2. With the form open in QuickBooks, select the File menu and select Print (form name).
  3. Choose the Generic/Text Only printer that was set up in the steps above.


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