How to re-print EMF spool files (generated by print archiving)

The Print Archiving feature in PaperCut gives administrators the option to archive printed jobs in the PaperCut Administration Console. While re-printing PostScript, PCL5, PCL5e, PCL6, Canon UFR, etc. can be done following the PaperCut Manual. However, re-printing EMF spool files will sometimes require an additional setting to be changed.

Steps to reprint EMF spool files

To re-print an EMF spool file from the Print Archiving feature;

  1. Find the job of interest in the job log Printers -> {printer} -> Job Log
  2. Click on the job’s thumbnail to open the job viewer (full page view)
  3. Click the Download icon in the toolbar at the top right
  4. Save the EMF file to your computer

From here, you will need to change the Print Processor setting on the print queue you wish to re-print your EMF file to. This setting determines how the printer handles jobs with no data type (PCL, PostScript etc.). A job with no data type will usually only be legacy applications (remember MSDOS?), if you feel this may fall into your category, you may wish to change this option back once you have printed your EMF file.

  1. Locate the print queue you would like to print your EMF file to on the print server. Windows 2008 R2 -> Start -> Printers & Devices
  2. Right click on the Printer and select Printer Properties
  3. Go to the Advanced tab
  4. Click on the “Print Processor…” button
  5. Choose NT EMF 1.00* (e.g. EMF 1.008)
  6. Click OK, then OK again.

From here, you may copy your EMF file to the printer to print directly using the following commands;


copy /B my-spool-file.pcl6 \\serverIP\printer

Mac OS X and Linux:

lp -h servername -d printer -o raw my-spool-file.pcl6

Categories: How-to Articles, Print Archiving

Keywords: EMF, print archiving, reprint