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.spl File Extension

Developer: Microsoft
File type: Windows Print Spool File
You're here because you have a file that has a file extension ending in .spl. Files with the file extension .spl can only be launched by certain applications. It's possible that .spl files are data files rather than documents or media, which means they're not meant to be viewed at all.

what is a .spl file?

Printing files in Microsoft Windows generates a couple of spool files; one that’s containing the SHD extension and one that contains the SPL extension. The SHD contains the settings while the SPL contains the commands for printer’s drawing. SPL files is usually used when submitting a print job and the print data they contain are spooled, meaning they contain contents related to digital documents and these are the data sent to the printer to start the printing task. The data saved by these SPL files are in the format used in raw printers which means SPL files can be RAW files, meaning they may contain similar data to that of the data sent for printing such as CaPSL, PCL, etc. Since these files serve as temporary storage for print job data, when the job is completed, they are emptied and saved to C:\Windows\System32\spool\PRINTERS\ as soon as they are submitted. SPL files are not the only files saved by Windows in that exact directory. It also saves SHD files to it by which these files allow the resubmission of print job in case of interruptions.

how to open a .spl file?

Launch a .spl file, or any other file on your PC, by double-clicking it. If your file associations are set up correctly, the application that's meant to open your .spl file will open it. It's possible you may need to download or purchase the correct application. It's also possible that you have the correct application on your PC, but .spl files aren't yet associated with it. In this case, when you try to open a .spl file, you can tell Windows which application is the correct one for that file. From then on, opening a  .spl file will open the correct application. Click here to fix .spl file association errors

applications that open a .spl file

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows

Microsoft Windows is a sequence of graphical interface operating systems developed, marketed, and sold by Microsoft Corporation. Some of its features are: (1) Windows Live - is a group of tools and software for Windows’ use. Users can have access to Windows Live by making a free account. This includes a chat client, networking tools, a movie maker and photo gallery, and email and Internet functions. A user can select to download and utilize all of these programs, or only download a selection of them depending on needs; (2) Windows Search - is a search function included with Windows that permits the user to search for files by name, date and file, text within a file in case user cannot remember the document name, and the entire computer. Windows Search is located in the start menu; (3) Windows Updates – this includes an automatic update feature with the purpose of keeping its operating system safe and up-to-date. Security updates are fixed with this feature to help protect against new risks as well as to apply any software updates and bug fixes. Users can set this feature to check for new updates and install them directly or turn off the automatic update feature and check for updates manually on their own; and (4) Windows Taskbar - is the central navigation tool for Windows. It includes the Start Menu, which allows users to open programs and features. It also includes a clock, calendar, and program icons for things such as usually utilized programs and updates. The taskbar and the items displayed in it are customizable. It is located at the bottom of the screen by default, but can be moved to the top or sides of the screen if the user chooses. The company launched an operating setting named Windows on November 20, 1985 as an add-on to MS-DOS in response to the rising interest in graphical user interfaces (GUIs). Microsoft Windows came to rule the world's personal computer market with over 90% market share, overtaking Mac OS, which had been introduced in 1984. The most recent client version of Windows is Windows 7; the most recent server version is Windows Server 2012; the most recent mobile version is Windows Phone 7.5.
EMF Printer Spool File Viewer

EMF Printer Spool File Viewer

EMF Printer Spool File Viewer is used to view EMF spool file, which is an independent format usually held in the raw printer page definition language not officially documented by Microsoft (spool file is only supported by PCL, PostScript or one of many other options but not in Windows NT, 2000, 2003, and XP). This article reveals that it is a series of enhanced metafile records and numerous record types specifically in business. Select the menu File->Open in viewing the EMF spool file. A dialog box will appear allowing you to browse the spool file (with file extension .spl) and these will typically held in your $winnt$\System32\spool\ directory. If you want to send a file who doesn't have the application for viewing, use the application's print function and send the spool file to them since EMF spool file serves as a quick and dirty portable document format. Spool file has the structure of parsing the file in extracting information from it. If you want to extract only the text from a printed document for archiving, parse the file and extract the EMR_EXTTEXTOUTA and EMR_EXTTEXTOUTW records.

a word of warning

Be careful not to rename the extension on .spl files, or any other files. This will not change the file type. Only special conversion software can change a file from one file type to another.

what is a file extension?

A file extension is the set of three or four characters at the end of a filename; in this case, .spl. File extensions tell you what type of file it is, and tell Windows what programs can open it. Windows often associates a default program to each file extension, so that when you double-click the file, the program launches automatically. When that program is no longer on your PC, you can sometimes get an error when you try to open the associated file.
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