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New Printer Drivers for WordPerfect 6.x


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How to install and use these printer drivers: all you need to know

This page contains printer drivers for WordPerfect for DOS 6.0, 6.1, and 6.2. If you are looking for printer drivers for WordPerfect for DOS 5.1 or 5.1+, go to the 5.1 printer drivers page.

If your printer was originally made before around 1996, you may be able to find a driver for it on Corel's driver download page. Go to the page; find your printer; download the self-extracting driver file.

(1) Search this page to see if your printer is supported by a driver on this page. Use Ctrl-F and search for the number (only) in the name of your printer. For example, if you have an HP LaserJet P2055dn, search for "2055" (no quotation marks) and make sure that you find a printer name that closely matches your own. For example, if your printer is the HP LaserJet P2055dn, you will find the close match "HP LaserJet P2055 series".

(2) If you do find a driver for your printer, proceed to step (3). If you do not find a match, read the first of the frequently-asked questions which explains how to determine whether you may be able to use a driver designed for some other printer. If you find that you cannot use a driver for some other printer, exit this page, and use one of the solutions found on another page. (If you paid less than around US$200 for your printer, you will probably need to use one of those solutions on the other page.)

(3) If you have found a driver for your printer on this page, then do the following. If (and only if) your printer is connected to your computer by a traditional parallel cable (which looks like this), proceed to step (4). If your printer is connected to your computer by a USB cable (which looks like this) or by a network connection then proceed to another page and set up your computer so that WordPerfect for DOS can print to your printer; then (and only then) proceed to step (4).

(4) Download and install the driver for your printer, as described elsewhere on this page.


Read these explanations!

 Please read the general notes on these drivers and the frequently-asked questions and the advice on which printer to buy before you do anything else! Don't ignore this paragraph! If you don't know how to download and install a printer driver read the instructions!

If you are planning to buy a printer that is not listed on this page, please do NOT write to ask me if it will work with WordPerfect, and do NOT ask me which driver will work with it. Instead, please read the answer to the first of the frequently-asked questions below. (Or, alternatively, if you really want to know the answer, make an extremely generous contribution to this site, and I will try to find the answer for you.)

Important warning: I cannot guarantee that these drivers will work with your specific printer! In almost all cases, I have prepared the driver on the basis of information posted on a manufacturer's web site. That information may be mistaken, or refer to printers manufactured at an earlier time. If you buy a printer only because it is listed on this page, be prepared to return it if necessary. I believe that these drivers work, but I have no means of testing them with all the printers listed on this page.

Don't be clueless! Clueless Visitor No. 44 complained that these drivers did not help him print from Microsoft Word for Windows. These drivers do nothing at all for Microsoft Word for Windows. (One of a series of Don't be clueless! warnings, presented by this site as a public service.)


General notes on these drivers

Please leave feedback if these drivers need any corrections. For example, if you find that you need to press the manual feed button when printing, please let me know your exact printer model and the driver that you are using; I can make a correction in the driver to solve the problem. Slight errors in page margins (which may be a few millimeters away from their correct position) are also easy to fix if you send me full details. When writing, please include your WPDOS version (5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 6.2), and the full name of your printer (for example, HP DeskJet 990cse), not just the number ("HP 1100" can mean any of four completely different printers; I cannot help unless you include the full name).

If your old documents do not print correctly after you install the driver for your new printer, that may be because, by default, when you open an old document, WordPerfect temporarily switches to the printer driver that was current when you last saved the document. Either use Shift-F7, Select, and switch to your new driver, or avoid the problem entirely by using Shift-F1, Environment, and switch the setting Format Document for Default Printer on Open from No to Yes.

If you can't choose the paper-size definition that you used before you installed this driver, see this site's instructions for creating paper-size definitions in WPDOS.

If you are experiencing problems printing under Windows, or you want to print to a USB printer for which you have a WPDOS driver (either from this site or from Corel), see the suggestions on this site's Windows printing page. 

If you have a PostScript printer for which no specific WPDOS driver exists, you can probably use almost any standard PostScript driver. For monochrome printing, the Apple LaserWriter IINTX is always a safe choice; the Xerox DocuTech 135 driver gives access to a wide range of sheet sizes.  For color printing, try the Tektronix Phaser ColorQuick driver. These drivers may be downloaded from Corel's driver download page; search for the printers by name. For PostScript Level 3 printers, try the generic drivers available from this page.

If you cannot find a driver that works with your printer, see this site's instructions for printing from WPDOS to any Windows printer.

A full list of older WordPerfect printer drivers available from Corel's driver download page may be found in this self-extracting archive from Corel's web site.

If you get error messages when you try to download files from Corel's driver download page, see this site's troubleshooting guide for Corel downloads.


Frequently-asked questions

Q. I can't find any driver on this page for the new Samsung (or Brother or Canon or Dell or Kyocera or Lexmark or something else) laser printer that I'm interested in buying. Can you tell me whether that printer works with one of your drivers?
    A. I can't tell you, because I don't know. But you can very easily find out for yourself. Go to the manufacturer's web site, and look for the technical specifications of the printer. Look for a category with a name like "emulations" or "printer languages" or something similar. If you see either the words "PCL5" or "PCL5e," then the printer has a good chance of working with my drivers for the HP LaserJet 2400 or 4100 series. (Two warnings: (1) Some printers that claim to support PCL5 or PCL5e can only print in Courier or Line Printer; look for any warnings on the specifications sheet of the printer. (2) If you see "PCL6" but you do not see "PCL5e," then the printer may or may not include PCL5e support and may or may not work with my drivers. Some PCL6 printers also have PCL5e support, but not all.) If you see the word "PostScript" then simply use the driver that came with your WP program for the "Apple LaserWriter IINTX" (use the "Additional Printers" item on the printer selection menu in WP). If you see the words "PCL5c," then the printer is a color printer that has a good chance of working with my drivers for HP Color LaserJets. But remember that there are no guarantees! The manufacturer's web site and specifications may be misleading or mistaken, or the printer may not work with WordPerfect for any other reason. Remember: If you do not see "PCL5" or "PCL5e" or "PCL5c" or "PostScript" listed, then do not buy the printer! If the specifications say "PCL4," but not "PCL5" or "PCL5e" or "PCL5c," then do not buy the printer! If the specifications say that PCL is supported only under Windows, then do not buy the printer! Please do not write to ask me about any printer that is not explicitly listed on this page.

Q. Before I saw your printer recommendations on this page (or: after I studied your recommendations and decided to ignore them) I bought a low-priced Brother printer, or some other very inexpensive model, and now I can't print from WordPerfect for DOS. I'm desperate. What should I do?
    A. You have two options. Either (1) take the printer back to the shop and exchange it for one of the Hewlett Packard models that are listed on this page; or (2) devote vast amounts of time and effort to making the printer work with this site's slow workaround methods of printing to any Windows printer. I strongly recommend option (1) over option (2).

Q. All of my work and much of my life depends on my ability to print from WordPerfect, but I'm just too lazy to read all the carefully-arranged and clearly-explained information that you've put into this page. Also, I'm too selfish to spend my own time solving my own problems and I'm too passive to make any attempt to understand written information that's longer than a headline. Furthermore, I really like it when other people pay a lot of attention to me. So would you please just send me an e-mail telling me what printer to buy? Please do it right now.
    A. It's never too late to learn to be self-reliant.

Q. I bought a low-priced printer that was described as "PCL4 compatible." I thought that meant the printer was compatible with the my old HP LaserJet, but the only font I can use is 10-pitch Courier. How can I print with the same fonts I used before?
    A. You can't; "PCL4" is the printer control language used in the ancient HP LaserJet Series II, which contains only one useful font, 10-pitch Courier. You have two options. Either (1) take the printer back to the shop and exchange it for one of the Hewlett Packard models that are listed on this page, almost all of which support PCL5e; or (2) devote time and effort to making the printer work with this site's slow workaround methods of printing to any Windows printer. I strongly recommend option (1) over option (2).

Q. I followed your instructions exactly, and installed your driver exactly as you told me to. But when I press Shift-F7 in WordPerfect, and look at the list of Additional Printers, I don't see my printer on the list, even though your description of the driver says that it's included. Are you totally incompetent? What's wrong with you?
    A. Don't be clueless! WordPerfect displays its list of printers one screen at a time; probably your printer is on the second or third screen of the list. Press the PgDn key to see more printers. Or type N, and then (without pressing Enter) type the exact name of your printer; WordPerfect will try to find its name as you type.

Q. I studied your recommendations with great care; I bought a printer that you recommend and for which you supply a driver; and I followed your instructions in exact detail. But my new printer won't print, or it causes weird errors when I try to print.
    A. See the troubleshooting advice elsewhere on this site.

Q. My printer uses a parallel cable to connect to the computer, but my new computer does not have a parallel port. What can I do?
    A. Either return your new computer and get one with a parallel port, or follow the instructions elsewhere on this site.

Q. I installed one of your drivers, and now I can't find the paper-size definition that I used with my earlier driver.
    A. You will need to create one or more new paper-size definitions to use with the new driver. This is the way WordPerfect is designed to work whenever you install a new printer driver. Please do not write to me to complain that this is inconvenient and time-wasting and that I should not have allowed it to happen; find the original WordPerfect programmers and complain to them.


Which printer should you buy?

If your printer connects to your computer through a network connection or a USB cable, you must install your printer for use in Windows, and you absolutely, positively must study and use one of this site's methods of printing from WPDOS to a network or USB printer. (Note that it is almost impossible to use a USB printer with Windows 95 or NT.)

If you are choosing a laser printer for use with WPDOS 6.x, I strongly recommend that you buy a Hewlett Packard LaserJet, or an HP-compatible laser printer that supports the PCL5, PCL5e, or PCL5c printer control language (these include many, but absolutely not all, Lexmark, Canon, Samsung, and Minolta-QMS laser printers; but you should study the note on Dark Courier immediately below this paragraph), or that you buy a PostScript printer. Many Hewlett Packard, Lexmark, and Canon laser printers support PostScript in addition to the HP PCL5e standard.

Note: If you intend to use the Courier typeface, buy only a true Hewlett-Packard LaserJet, not an HP-compatible model from another manufacturer. Hewlett-Packard laser printers can be set to print in "Dark Courier" instead of a thin, spindly Courier; apparently, other printer vendors do not provide this option.

I recommend almost any medium- or high-priced Hewlett Packard LaserJet printer, but not the HP printers listed in various sections below under the "Do not buy" heading. All the "Do not buy" printers require complicated workarounds when printing from DOS applications. Be very careful when buying an HP multifunction printer (such as the M1319), because most models require the same complicated workarounds.

Drivers for HP and HP-compatible printers may be found on this page. For basic monochrome laser printing from WPDOS, any printer in the HP LaserJet P3xxx series will probably be ideal, and any higher-priced printer model is highly recommended. Some less-expensive models in the P2xxx series will work well, but you must study the list of supported models (elsewhere on this page) with great care. Most current models numbered 2300 and higher either support automatic duplex (two-sided) printing when first installed, or can be fitted with a device that supports automatic duplex printing. No current LaserJet model ships with a parallel port built-in; some high-end models can be fitted with a parallel port, but you no longer need one. Instead, use the DOSPrint method described on another page to print from WPDOS to those printers.

Never buy the least expensive laser printer in any manufacturer's product line unless you are absolutely certain that the printer is fully compatible with one or more of the following standards: PCL5, PCL5e, PCL5c, or PostScript. (PCL4 is not enough.) If you ignore this advice, and if you insist on buying a printer that is not fully compatible with one or more of those standards, you will almost certainly need to use one of this site's slow and extremely complicated workarounds if you want to print from WordPerfect for DOS.

Note: Do not buy the Brother HL-1230, HL-1240, HL-1430, HL-1440, HL-2040, HL-5130, Lexmark E210, or any other extremely inexpensive (i.e. less than about US$200) laser printer for use with WPDOS.  If you insist on buying these printers, you will not be able to use any font other than Courier when printing from WPDOS 5.1 except when using one of the slow and extremely complicated workarounds that are described elsewhere on this site. Please save yourself trouble and aggravation by buying an HP LaserJet instead (but only if you find the specific model listed on this page). Also, do not buy the Minolta-QMS Magicolor 2200 or 2300 models (the 2350 and higher-numbered models should work well with WPDOS).

If you are choosing an inkjet printer for use with WPDOS 6.x, I very strongly recommend that you buy a high-end Hewlett Packard OfficeJet Printer, because many of these printers (with some exceptions noted below) fully support text printing from DOS applications like WordPerfect. Drivers for high-end OfficeJet models may be found on this page, together with drivers for many obsolete DeskJet, Business InkJet, and Photosmart models that were usable with WPDOS. Some DeskJet, OfficeJet, Business Inkjet, and Color Inkjet models, and some PhotoSmart printers, have a limited range of bitmap font sizes built into their firmware, but can also use any scalable graphic fonts installed in WPDOS 6.x.

Some high-end HP inkjet models include PostScript support, in a few cases as an optional add-on; these highly-recommended models include the HP DeskJet 1200 (through an optional add-on module, included with the 1200C/PS model), 1600, and 9680; the HP 2500 series; the HP Business Inkjet 2200, 2230 (through an optional add-on module), 2250, 2280, 2300, and 2260 series; and the HP Color Inkjet Printer CP1700ps series.

I strongly recommend that you do not buy inkjet models from Lexmark and Canon, as these are almost unusable with WPDOS. Some or all current Epson Stylus and Photo printers apparently have the same limitations.


WordPerfect 6.x drivers for PostScript Level 3 printers

PostScript Level 3 printers (including some recent models from HP, Lexmark, and many other vendors) include 136 resident fonts. If you have a PostScript Level 3 printer, and wish to use these fonts with WPDOS, please download this self-extracting archive (WP60-PS3.EXE) (98 KB; updated 30 April 2003) containing newly-developed generic drivers for color and monochrome models. These are preliminary versions of the drivers, and comments and corrections will be welcome. (Help! How do I install these printer drivers?)

Warning: Use these drivers only with printers that use Adobe PostScript Level 3; do not use them with printers that are described as "PostScript Level 3 compatible" or some similar phrase (for non-Adobe PostScript Level 3 printers, use one of the original PostScript printer drivers that ship with WPDOS, perhaps Apple LaserWriter II NTX). If you use these drivers with any PostScript Level 3 printer that is not explicitly described as using Adobe PostScript, your documents may print with the wrong fonts, or only with a generic Courier font.

In WordPerfect's list of Additional Printers, these drivers are listed as PostScript Level 3 Printers (color) and PostScript Level 3 Printers (mono).

Printers that support PostScript Level 3 are shipped with TrueType soft fonts that match the fonts in the printers. For convenience, you may install these TrueType fonts into WPDOS 6.x for use as graphics fonts in WPDOS's print preview and graphics mode; but select the printer fonts when selecting fonts to use for printing. Printer fonts are listed on the font list without a font format in parentheses after the name; in other words, choose "Arial" from the list of fonts, not "Arial (TrueType)".

Different PostScript printer models use different codes for controlling their sheet feeders. These drivers include all known WPDOS 6.x PostScript sheet feeder definitions. You should experiment to find one that works with your printer; if you find a sheet feeder definition that works well with any current printer, please send me feedback.

Notes: Popular printers that support the PostScript Level 3 font set include the HP Color LaserJet 8500 and 8550, the Lexmark Optra C,  T, and W series (which are supported in separate Lexmark drivers elsewhere on this page), and the Xerox Phaser 850, 860, and other recent models. All these printers may also be used with the HP LaserJet 4000 and 8000 series drivers or, for color printers, with the HP Color LaserJet drivers available elsewhere on this page.


WordPerfect 6.x PCL and PostScript drivers for recent monochrome HP LaserJet models

Hewlett Packard no longer supplies WordPerfect drivers for its printers. If you own any of the LaserJet models listed below, please download this self-extracting archive (WP60HP4K.EXE) (105 KB; updated 23 July 2014) containing newly-developed drivers. Both PCL and PostScript modes are supported, and the drivers for the 4000 and higher-numbered models include support in both PCL and PostScript mode for all 80 fonts in the printer's hardware. The drivers also include improved support for non-English characters, and the euro symbol is supported in printers that include the euro symbol in hardware (starting with the LaserJet 1200, 2100, 3200, 4050, and 8100 models). See this site's euro page for instructions on using the euro symbol. Other solutions for using the euro with any printer may be found on the same page. These drivers are written by the author of this site, and are not endorsed or supported by Corel, Hewlett Packard, or anyone else. (Help! How do I install these printer drivers?)

Important note on printers that use a USB instead of a parallel cable: If your printer is connected by a network connection or USB cable instead of a traditional parallel cable, you will also need this site's method of printing to USB and network printers.

How to find out which fonts are available in your printer: All LaserJet printers on this list can print a list of the fonts that are built into the printer. If your printer has a built-in control panel on the top, go to the TEST or REPORTS or INFORMATION menu, and find the item that says "Print PCL Fonts" or "Print PCL Typeface List" or some similar item. If your printer does not have a built-in control panel, download this FONTLIST.PJL control file, copy it to a convenient directory, open a DOS prompt, navigate to the directory with the file and enter the command  copy fontlist.pjl lpt1  or whatever printer port your printer is attached to. (Some printers are also accessible across the network through a built-in web server that has an option to print a font list; if you don't understand this sentence, please don't attempt to do anything about it.)

Supported printer families are listed below. Note that a LaserJet "series" includes all models that begin with the listed number, so that the "HP LaserJet 4200 series" includes the LaserJet 4200n, 4200tn, 4200dtn, 4200dtns, 4200dtnsl, etc. (Please do not ask me for drivers for earlier models such as the HP LaserJet Series II, III, 4, 5, and 6; those drivers may be found on your original WP printer disks and may also be downloaded from Corel's printer driver page.)

Note that PCL support in these drivers is limited to 600 dpi, even with 1200 dpi printers, because the PCL5e language, which is the language used by WordPerfect LaserJet drivers, only supports 600 dpi output. PCL6, which supports 1200 dpi graphics, is available only with Windows and Ghostscript (see the note on Linux printing). PostScript support in the drivers listed above, however, includes 1200 dpi text and graphics in all printers that can print at that resolution.

Multifunction printers: I do not know whether these drivers will work with HP multifunction laser printers such as the HP LaserJet 3015, 3020, 3027, 3050 3055, M1522, M2727, M3025, M3027, or 3200); possibly they will work, and possibly either a PostScript or PCL printer driver may work with some or most of these models.  One way to find  out whether these printers will work smoothly with WordPerfect is to follow the instructions in the first of the frequently-asked questions on this page.

Note on low-priced LaserJet models with reduced PCL5 font support (2006 and after): Some low-priced LaserJet models issued starting in late 2006 lack the full sets of fonts that were present in earlier, similar models. To use the full font sets in these printers, you can generally use the PostScript driver for the same printer, or, in some cases, purchase a font DIMM (an add-in chip) that will match the font support from earlier models. See this page on HP's site for details; search the page for "HP PCL 5 Legacy Font Set". Details follow for the one printer that I have tested with this solution:

Older HP printers can print the euro symbol only with the help of hardware or software add-ons. HP supplies SIMM and DIMM hardware add-ons that add support for the euro symbol for some printers models that do not have the euro built in. The driver file contains a generic driver ("HP LJ 4/5/6 w/Euro SIMM/DIMM") for any of these earlier models that have the HP euro SIMM or DIMM installed. 

HP also supplies bitmap and scalable soft fonts that contain the euro symbol, and which may be used with printers that lack built-in euro support (see details on this site's euro page). The driver file contains a generic driver ("HP LJ Basic w/Euro Soft Fonts") that will download and support these soft fonts if you have them on your disk. 

Alternatively, if you don't mind a less-than-perfect euro symbol, you can use this site's special LaserJet drivers that "draw" the euro symbol using built-in LaserJet graphic commands.

The original WPDOS 6.x drivers for Hewlett Packard LaserJet models released before the autumn of 1997 (available on Corel's web site) do not support all the fonts and sheet feeder options available with newer LaserJet models, although the older drivers are generally compatible with these printers. If you are nervous about using the drivers on this site, try Corel's site first.

If you prefer the "dark Courier" from older HP LaserJet models to the "light Courier" built into recent models, see the instructions elsewhere on this page that will make recent HP LaserJets print in dark Courier.

Do not buy the following printers, which are all "Windows-only" printers:

Some of these printers use a software workaround to print from DOS applications that are run from inside a Windows DOS box or from full-screen DOS under Windows. They will not print if you exit Windows to MS-DOS, and work only with Windows 98, Me, 2000, and XP (not Windows 95 or NT). When printing from WPDOS, you may find that extra pages with nonsense characters are printed at the end of every print job. You may need to use this site's methods of printing to any Windows printer if you want to use these printers with WPDOS. 


WordPerfect 6.x PCL and PostScript drivers for recent color HP LaserJet (and some Business Inkjet and Officejet) models

Hewlett Packard no longer supplies WordPerfect drivers for its printers. If you own any of the LaserJet models listed below,  please download this  self-extracting archive (WP60HPCO.EXE) (90KB; updated 29 August 2004) containing newly-developed drivers. Both PCL and PostScript modes are supported, and all drivers  include support in both PCL and PostScript mode for all 80 fonts in the printer's hardware; the euro symbol is fully supported. See this site's euro page for instructions on using the euro symbol. Other solutions for using the euro with any printer may be found on the same page. These drivers are written by the author of this site, and are not endorsed or supported by Corel, Hewlett Packard, or anyone else. (Help! How do I install these printer drivers?)

How to find out which fonts are available in your printer: All LaserJet printers on this list can print a list of the fonts that are built into the printer. If your printer has a built-in control panel on the top, go to the TEST or REPORTS or INFORMATION menu, and find the item that says "Print PCL Fonts" or "Print PCL Typeface List" or some similar item. If your printer does not have a built-in control panel, download this FONTLIST.PJL control file, copy it to a convenient directory, open a DOS prompt, navigate to the directory with the file and enter the command  copy fontlist.pjl lpt1  or whatever printer port your printer is attached to. (Some printers are also accessible across the network through a built-in web server that has an option to print a font list; if you don't understand this sentence, please don't attempt to do anything about it.)

These drivers are experimental; if you encounter any problems with them, please contact me. (One problem is that the PCL driver apparently does not print in color from WP8 for Linux, although it produces the correct color output from WPDOS.) When writing, please include your WPDOS version (5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 6.2), and the full name of your printer (for example, HP DeskJet 990cse), not just the number ("HP 1000" can mean three different printers; I cannot help unless you include the full name).

Supported printer families in this driver:

For the HP LaserJet 8500 series, you can also try the PostScript Level 3 driver elsewhere on this page. The HP Business Inkjet 2200 printer probably requires this site's methods of printing to any Windows printer; if the optional PCL5 and PostScript card is added, use the HP Business Inkjet 2250 (PCL) or (PostScript) driver. The HP Business Inkjet 2230 is supported by the HP DeskJet drivers elsewhere on this page; if the optional PCL5 and PostScript card is added, use the HP Business Inkjet 2250 (PCL) driver or a color PostScript driver.

If you prefer the "dark Courier" from older HP LaserJet models to the "light Courier" built into recent models, see the instructions elsewhere on this page that will make recent HP LaserJets print in dark Courier.

Note on low-priced LaserJet models with reduced PCL5 font support (2006 and after): Some low-priced LaserJet models issued starting in late 2006 lack the full sets of fonts that were present in earlier, similar models. To use the full font sets in these printers, you can generally use the PostScript driver for the same printer, or, in some cases, purchase a font DIMM (an add-in chip) that will match the font support from earlier models. See this page on HP's site for details; search the page for "HP PCL 5 Legacy Font Set". Details follow for the one printer that I have tested with this solution:

Do not buy any of the following models, which are all "Windows-only" printers:

The only practical ways to print to these printers from WPDOS are through one of this site's methods of printing to any Windows printer.


WordPerfect 6.x drivers for recent HP DeskJet , Photosmart, and Color Inkjet models

Some late-model high-end HP DeskJet printers work well with printer drivers written for earlier models (drivers for models released before the autumn of 1997 are available on Corel's web site) but superior results can generally be achieved by using drivers especially written for specific printer models. These drivers are written by the author of this site, and are not endorsed or supported by Corel, Hewlett Packard, or anyone else. (Help! How do I install these printer drivers?)

Please contact me if you have any problems with these drivers. When writing, please include your WPDOS version (5.1, 6.0, 6.1, 6.2), and the full name of your printer (for example, HP DeskJet 990cse), not just the number ("HP 1000" can mean three different printers; I cannot help unless you include the full name).

Important: If you want to print envelopes with DeskJet 9xx and later models, see the note on envelopes below.

Important note on printers that use a USB or network connection instead of a parallel cable: If your printer is connected by a USB cable or network connection, instead of a traditional parallel cable, you will also need this site's methods of printing to USB and network printers.

This self-extracting archive (WP60DESK.EXE) (54 KB; updated 2 November 2003) contains drivers for the following DeskJet models:

Note: The HP Business Inkjet printers (other than the 2230) are supported by the HP Color LaserJet drivers elsewhere on this page. For the HP OfficeJet 600 and 700 series, try the HP DeskJet 690 series drivers, but I cannot guarantee results for these models. For the HP PSC-370 and PSC-380, try the PSC-500 drivers.

Note: When printing envelopes with these drivers, you must insert the envelope with the flap on the right, even if the diagram on the printer tray tells you to place the flap on the left. To avoid problems when printing envelopes with the HP DeskJet 9xx series, tuck the flap into the envelope before printing, then remove the flap after printing. 

Some HP inkjet printers support duplexing when used with Windows; it is unfortunately not possible for WordPerfect drivers to use duplexing with HP inkjets.

Models with numbers slightly higher than the numbers listed above are supported by the models with next lowest number. For example, the HP DeskJet 882 is supported by the HP DeskJet 880 driver, and the HP DeskJet 855 series uses the HP DeskJet 850 driver. The exception is the HP DeskJet 895, which uses a different driver from that of the HP DeskJet 890 because the two printers have different fonts in their firmware.

The original drivers for the HP DeskJet 600, 660, and 850 series are also available on Corel's web site, but the new drivers on this site correct minor errors in the originals.

HP DeskJet models with the euro symbol in firmware are supported (but if you want to print the euro symbol from the non-monochrome drivers for these printers, you must also install the replacement euro-enabled graphic font found elsewhere on this site). Models that accept downloadable soft fonts include support for the HP euro soft fonts. See this site's euro page for instructions on using the euro symbol. Other solutions for using the euro with any printer may be found on the same page.

Do not buy any of the following models, which are all "Windows-only" printers:

The only practical way to print to these printer from WPDOS is through one this site's methods of printing to any Windows printer.


WordPerfect 6.x drivers for Lexmark laser printers

Lexmark no longer supplies WordPerfect drivers for its current printers, although WPDOS drivers for some older Lexmark models are available from Lexmark's web site; find the Drivers & Downloads page from the menu, choose a printer, and specify MS-DOS as your operating system.  Many recent Lexmark Laser printers can be used with the PostScript Level 3 drivers and (possibly) the HP LaserJet 4000 series drivers elsewhere on this page, but you may get better results from the Lexmark-specific drivers described below:

If you own any of the Lexmark laser printers in the list below, please download either this self-extracting archive of PCL drivers (WP60LPCL.EXE) (87 KB; updated 27 November 2002) or this self-extracting archive of PostScript drivers (WP60LXPS.EXE) (112 KB; updated 1 July 2004), each containing newly-developed drivers. I have tried to include complete support for the extensive sets of resident fonts in recent Lexmark models. Compared with older WordPerfect drivers, these drivers also include improved support for non-English characters, and add support for the euro symbol. See this site's euro page for instructions on using the euro symbol. These drivers include data in Lexmark's own combined PCL and PostScript driver for the Optra S series (perhaps still available on the Internet by searching for the file named "59wp60_e.exe"), but the drivers for other models are written by the author of this site, and are not endorsed or supported by Corel, Lexmark, or anyone else. (Help! How do I install these printer drivers?)

Supported printer families:

The Lexmark E120n and E210 printer are apparently Windows-only printers, and requires this site's methods of printing to any Windows printer.

Note that PCL support in these drivers is limited to 600 dpi, even with 1200 dpi printers, because the PCL5 language, which is the language used by WordPerfect LaserJet drivers, only supports 600 dpi output. PCL6, which supports 1200 dpi graphics, is available only with Windows and Ghostscript (see the note on Linux printing). PostScript support in the drivers listed above, however, includes 1200 dpi text and graphics in all printers that can print at that resolution.


WordPerfect 6.x drivers for recent Canon bubble-jet printers

This self-extracting archive (WP60CBJC.EXE) (18KB; updated 28 February 2002) contains drivers for the following recent Canon bubble-jet printers: (Help! How do I install these printer drivers?)

These drivers work in "color raster mode," which means that all fonts are generated from within WordPerfect itself. Recent Canon bubble-jet printers (including all those listed above) have no built-in hardware fonts, and so cannot be used in the Letter Quality mode supported by older models. The drivers have been tested on a Canon BJC-7000 (with thanks to James Jones), but will probably work with the other models listed.

Note: A revised file, adding drivers for the BJC-6000 series, and including additional paper sizes for the BJC-8500, was posted 11 March 2001; the BJC-1000 through 3000 were added on 12 March 2001; the S200 through S630 were added on 12 January 2002; the S750 was added on 28 February 2002.


Drivers for other recent printer models

For recent Lexmark, NEC, QMS, Xerox and other laser printers that support PostScript Level 3, use the PostScript Level 3 drivers elsewhere on this page. For printers that advertise PCL6 compatibility, try the HP LaserJet drivers or Lexmark drivers elsewhere on this page; the fonts in some PCL-compatible models will be accessible with the HP drivers, while the fonts in other PCL-compatible models will be accessible with the Lexmark drivers, depending on where the printer vendor obtained the fonts.

Brother. The Netherlands office of Brother International created WPDOS 6.x drivers for a wide range of older Brother inkjet and laser printers. After downloading the self-extracting file, run the file in a temporary directory, then copy the extracted .ALL files to your WP printer file directory (to find out what this directory is, use Shift-F1, Location of Files).

With some printers, a few words on the printer information screen (Shift-F7/Select/Information) and  some of the paper sizes (Shift-F8/Page/Paper Size-Type) may be in Dutch, but the drivers are usable with any version of WordPerfect. Feel free to contact me if you need to have any of the Dutch text translated into English; please specify the printer and your version of WordPerfect. (The drivers for the Brother HL-1660 laser printers may be used with the HL-1650 and HL-1670N models.)

Most Brother Multifunction Devices, such as the MFC-4450, are "Windows-only" printers; however, you may be able to print to them from WPDOS, but only when running WPDOS under Windows,  and only by selecting the HP LaserJet Series II printer driver that is included with WPDOS. This driver only lets you print in the Courier typeface only. If you want to use any other fonts (for example, Times) when printing from WPDOS to these devices, you must use this site's methods for printing to any Windows printer.

For other Brother printers, try drivers with numbers similar to those found on the Netherlands site mentioned above, or consult the following list:

Note that the following Brother printers are also compatible with any standard PostScript driver: HL-1450, 1470, 1650, 1670, 2460, 2060, 2460, 5050, 5070, 6050, 7050, HS-5300 (with optional BR-Script 2 ROM add-in board).

Canon. Many, but not all, Canon laser printers are highly compatible with Hewlett Packard printers and, in some cases, include PostScript support; they may be used with the HP drivers found elsewhere on this page. (Two Canon laser printers that are not compatible with HP or PostScript printers are the Canon LBP 800 and LBP 810; these require this site's methods of printing to any Windows printer.) Drivers for some older Canon bubble-jet printers may also be found on this page.

Epson. I do not know of any updated WPDOS drivers for Epson inkjet printers, but Epson publishes full documentation of its printer command language, and interested users may be able to modify existing Epson drivers. (The Epson Stylus 800 driver available on Corel's driver download page may work with the Epson Stylus 880, 980, and C80 models, but probably not with other models.) If you have Epson StylusRIP PostScript software for Epson inkjet printers, you may be able to print from WordPerfect to these printers by using the freeware PrintFile utility to redirect output from WPDOS (using a PostScript printer driver) to the StylusRIP software, but I have not tested this.

Lexmark. I have received a report that the original WordPerfect driver for the IBM/Lexmark 4039 PostScript printer does not correctly print the first page of a print job, but that the driver on Lexmark's web site does not have the same problem; I cannot confirm this. Lexmark's recent laser printers are supported by Lexmark drivers elsewhere on this page. Recent Lexmark inkjet models (Z12, Z32, Z42, Z52, and later) are probably usable only with this site's methods of printing to any Windows printer. According to Lexmark's web site, some older Lexmark inkjet models (1000 through 7200, Z11, Z31, and Z51, and WinWriter 150C) can be run from inside a Windows DOS box if you set up your DOS application to use a driver for the HP DeskJet 500 or 500C; built-in font support is limited to the Courier typeface, but WPDOS 6.x graphics fonts may perhaps work also; you may prefer to try this site's methods of printing to any Windows printer.

For recent Lexmark laser printers that support PostScript Level 3, use the PostScript Level 3 drivers elsewhere on this page.

Minolta-QMS. The Minolta-QMS PagePro 1100 laser printer may be used with the original WPDOS driver for the HP LaserJet 4. The Minolta-QMS Magicolor 2200 and 2300 require this site's methods of printing to any Windows printer, but the Minolta-QMS Magicolor 2350 and higher-numbered models should work well with any of the color PostScript drivers that come with your original WPDOS disks (for good results, try the Tektronix Phaser ColorQuick driver, which may be downloaded from Corel's driver download page by searching for the Tektronix printer by name) and may also work with this site's HP Color LaserJet drivers (try the HP Color LaserJet 4600 driver).

For recent QMS  laser printers that support PostScript Level 3, use the PostScript Level 3 drivers elsewhere on this page.

NEC. Many older NEC SuperScript inkjet and laser printers can be used with WordPerfect drivers for HP DeskJet and LaserJet models. For recent NEC laser printers that support PostScript Level 3, use the PostScript Level 3 drivers elsewhere on this page.

Ricoh. Some Ricoh laser printers and multifunction laser printers emulate recent HP LaserJet models. See the first of the frequently-asked questions on this page for further information.

Samsung. Many but not all of Samsung's recent laser printers emulate recent HP LaserJet models, and may be used with (for example) the HP LaserJet 1200 driver found elsewhere on this page; these HP-compatible printers include the Samsung ML-1250, ML-1450, ML-1650, ML-1651N, ML-1750, ML-2150, ML-2571, ML-2855, ML-3051, ML-4050, ML-4600, ML-5200A, ML-6060, QL-7050, QL-7050N, ML-7300N, and others introduced since this page was last updated. Note that some of these printers work only with a USB cables or network connections, not a traditional parallel cable, and therefore must be used with this site's techniques for printing to USB and network printers. (The Samsung QL-7050, QL-7050N, and ML-7300N models include a built-in duplexer, and may be used with the HP LaserJet 2200D driver found elsewhere on the page; these printers are compatible with both the HP LaserJet and with PostScript, and may also be used with any standard WPDOS PostScript drivers). Warning: Do not buy any of the low-priced Samsung laser printers models that are Windows-only printers and require this site's methods of printing to any Windows printer; these Windows-only printers include the Samsung ML-1210, ML-1630, ML-1665, ML-1710, ML-2240, ML-2510,  ML-2525, ML-4500, and SF-5100P, and probably other models introduced since this page was last updated.

Sharp. The AR (or ARM) series of multifunction devices should work reasonably well with the PCL drivers for HP LaserJet 8100 series and the Sharp AR Series (PCL) sheet feeder definition included with the driver. Not all the fonts listed in the driver may actually be present in the printer.

Xerox: All Xerox laser printers may be used with WPDOS PostScript drivers; newer models, like the Phaser 850 and 860, may be used with the PostScript Level 3 drivers or the HP Color LaserJet drivers elsewhere on this page. Xerox inkjet printers probably require this site's methods of printing to any Windows printer.

For recent Xerox laser printers that support PostScript Level 3, use the PostScript Level 3 drivers elsewhere on this page.


Ghostscript and other drivers for Linux and Unix versions of WordPerfect

WordPerfect 6.x, 7.x, and 8.x for Xwindows under Unix and Linux all use WPDOS 6.x printer drivers. Older drivers may be found on Corel's web site, and drivers for newer HP-compatible LaserJet drivers may be found elsewhere on this page. (See the usage notes below for extracting and installing these drivers.)

Very important instructions! Before trying to use any .ALL file downloaded from this page or anywhere else on this site, you must rename any UPPER-CASE file name to its lower-case equivalent, and append the two-letter file extension that corresponds to your "locale" (for example, .uk or .us or .es or .nl or .fr). For example, you must rename WP60HP4K.ALL to wp60hp4k.all.us (or wp60hp4k.all.nl or whatever country-code is appropriate); use the Linux/Unix mv command to accomplish this, or use any file manager that is included in your distribution.

Note: Console-based (non-graphic) versions of WordPerfect numbered 6.x through 8.x are essentially identical to the character-based version WordPerfect 5.2+ for Unix, and use WPDOS 5.1 printer drivers, not the printer drivers discussed in this section.

If you are using a PostScript-compatible laser printer for which an up-to-date WPDOS driver is available, you probably should not use Ghostscript for printing from WordPerfect. You will get far better results if you use a WPDOS printer driver and print directly from WordPerfect to your printer. Use one of the HP LaserJet (PostScript) drivers; these support 1200 dpi printing on printers that include 1200 dpi hardware. The LaserJet drivers elsewhare on this page should probably also be used with recent-model Lexmark laser printers.

However, if you are using a recent-model high-resolution Epson or other inkjet printer that is not adequately served by an existing WPDOS driver, you may want to try this site's beta-version Ghostscript drivers (archived in wp60gs-us.tar). They are based on Corel's Ghostscript drivers, with modifications and (I hope) improvements. See the usage notes below for further details.

If you have a recent-model HP LaserJet that is able to print in PostScript mode, but you insist on using Ghostscript instead of the printer's native PostScript mode, you can get 1200 dpi output by printing to any of the following Ghostscript devices: lj5gray, lj5mono, pxlmono, or pxlcolor. You must use the -r1200x1200 parameter on the Ghostscript command line; do not include a setresolution statement in the PostScript file. These drivers use the PCL6 printer command language otherwise available only through Windows.

If your documents use only PostScript (Type 1) fonts and EPS graphics, then you may choose any of these Ghostscript drivers; the output quality will depend on the resolution of your printer. But if your documents include bitmapped graphics (TIFF, GIF, etc.), then you should choose the driver whose resolution matches the resolution of the printer that you use with Ghostscript. If you have a recent Epson Stylus printer, for example, you should probably use the driver optimized for 720 or 1440 dpi graphics. The only difference between the output from one of these drivers and another will be in the bitmap data sent to Ghostscript. 

If you want the best possible results from your Type 1 soft fonts, install them as printer fonts. (If a printer icon appears to the left of the font name in the WP8 font list, the font is installed as a printer font.) Note that any PostScript (Type 1) "graphics fonts" installed only as "graphics fonts", and not also as printer fonts will be rasterized by WordPerfect and output as bitmap graphics. (If a "T1" appears to the left of the font name in WP8, the font is not installed as a printer font, and will be output as a bitmap graphic.) Consult the WordPerfect and Ghostscript documentation for advice on installing fonts.

For general information on WordPerfect for Linux, consult the extensive WordPerfect for Linux FAQ, especially the information on getting printing to work.

These further usage notes are lifted shamelessly from postings on Corel's WP Linux newsgroup:

To use any of these drivers with WordPerfect for Linux, you must print to "RAW", or, if you have the "Proof of Concept" version of WP8 sold by Corel around 2003-4, you must print to "WPSpool".

If you are using the Ghostscript drivers on this page, extract the driver file from the tar archive, and copy it (as root)  to your /usr/lib/wp8/shlib10/ directory, or, if you have the "Proof of Concept" version of WP8 sold by Corel around 2003-4, copy it to your /usr/lib/wplinux/shlib10/ directory.

If you want to use a driver from Corel's web site, or any of the drivers listed elsewhere on this page, download the self-extracting archive file, and extract the driver with unzip -L <filename>.exe  (a version of the InfoZIP Unzip, suitable for Corel Linux, may be downloaded from Debian.org).  Rename the <name>.all file to <name>.us.all and copy it to your /usr/lib/wp8/shlib10/ directory, or, if you have the "Proof of Concept" version of WP8 sold by Corel around 2003-4, copy it to your /usr/lib/wplinux/shlib10/ directory.

Truth-in-packaging statement: I have never used WordPerfect for Linux except to print one or two test pages; I have never tested these Ghostscript drivers under Linux; and I cannot vouch for the accuracy of anything in this section. Please contact me if you have comments or corrections. 


Make recent LaserJets use "Dark Courier" instead of the new lighter Courier

Although not strictly a printer-driver issue, the question is sometimes asked: how can I make a recent HP LaserJet print in a dark version of Courier font, like the one used in older LaserJets?

If you have a recent LaserJet model with an LED control panel, an option to set COURIER=DARK (instead of the default COURIER=REGULAR) is available on the Printing Menu (or some similar name). This solution works in the LaserJet 5, 5M, 5N, 2300 and later 2x00 series, and 4000 and all higher-numbered LaserJets.

In the LaserJet 1200, 1220, and 3200 series, you can make make Dark Courier the printer's default font by following these instructions from HP's web site.

In some models that lack a control panel, including the LaserJet 5P, 5MP, 6P, 6MP, 1200, 1220, 2100, 2200, and 3200 series, this option may be set semi-permanently by sending this small file (darkcour.pjl) to the printer. You only need to perform this procedure once. The dark Courier option will remain set even when the printer is powered off, and you may safely delete the darkcour.pjl file after using it. (With the LaserJet 1100 series, you need to send this file to the printer every time you power up or restart the printer.)

Follow these steps to download the file and send it to the printer:

Right-click on this link (darkcour.pjl) and choose "Save target as" or "Save link as." If you use Windows 95, 98, Me, or NT, when the Save As... dialog appears, click in the Save In... field near the top, and navigate up to the very top entry, which should be "Desktop"; if you use Windows 2000 or XP, navigate to a directory that you can easily find in a DOS prompt, perhaps the root (top) directory of drive C:. Click on the Save button and wait for the download to complete. 

If your printer is connected to your computer by a parallel cable: Open a DOS prompt and navigate to the directory in which you saved the downloaded file. If you use Windows 95, 98, Me, or NT, and you chose the Windows\Desktop directory, type the DOS command cd \windows\desktop and press Enter. If you chose the root (top) directory of drive C:, type the command cd \ and press Enter. When the DOS prompt shows you that you are in the C:\Windows\Desktop or C:\ directory, depending on the one you chose, type this command and press Enter:

copy /b darkcour.pjl lpt1

If your printer is connected by a network connection or USB cable: You should already have installed one of this site's method of printing to USB and network printers. If you use the DOSPrint or Net Use method described on that page, make no change in the procedures described above. If, however, you use the PrintFile method, from the Windows Start menu, find PrintFile and run it (even if you already have PrintFile running). Drag the Darkcour.pjl file to the PrintFile window and drop it in the window. After a few seconds, close PrintFile. 

To restore regular Courier, download this file (regcour.pjl)  and send it to the printer with this command:

copy /b regcour.pjl lpt1

(or, for systems that use PrintFile, use PrintFile as explained above).

Variations on this technique may be used to set other defaults for HP printers that lack a control panel. Full instructions may be found on HP's web site.

In the printer drivers for recent HP LaserJet printers found elsewhere on this page the font named Courier (or CourierHP) will print as Dark Courier if this technique is used, but, if also present in the driver, the font named CourierPS (Courier PostScript) will print as the regular light Courier.

If and only if you have a LaserJet IIISi, any model in the LaserJet 4 series, or a LaserJet 5L or 6L, or if you are using a non-HP (but HP-compatible) laser printer that printers a light variety of Courier, and you use WPDOS 6.x, the best solution may be to install HP's Dark Courier TrueType font into WordPerfect as a graphic font. For instructions on finding and installing this font, see the paragraph immediately below this one. Do not install this TrueType font into WordPerfect if you have any HP LaserJet model other than the ones named in the first sentence of this paragraph; use one of the solutions described above instead!!! You will only cause trouble for yourself if you try to install the Dark Courier TrueType font into WordPerfect for use with any HP LaserJet model other than the ones named in this paragraph. Don't do it, no matter how much you are tempted to do it!! I mean it. Don't even think about doing it!

So, if and only if you have one of the printers listed in the paragraph immediately above, and you need to install Dark Courier TrueType fonts because your printer is a LaserJet that does not support Dark Courier in its built-in hardware settings, you may download a set of regular, bold, italic, and bold italic Dark Courier fonts from HP's web site. Ignore the statement on the HP page that says the font is not to be used with DOS applications, and install the four fonts into WPDOS 6.x by using the font-installation procedures described in the WP manual. For some reason that I do not understand, the regular weight of this font, when installed in WPDOS, fails to print typographic quotation marks and a few other characters; if this problem affects you, then download this corrected version of the regular weight font file (darkcour.ttf; right-click on the link and download the font by selecting Save Target As... or something similar) and use it instead of HP's dour45.ttf file; the corrected file will appear as "Dark Courier WPDOS" in your list of graphic fonts. Remember, however, that you must also install the italic, bold, and bold italic weights downloadable from the HP web site.

If you want your WordPerfect printer driver to set the printer's internal Courier font temporarily to Dark Courier at the start of every print job, while leaving the printer's default setting at regular Courier, please contact me. This can be accomplished with a simple modification to the driver.


Help! How do I install these printer drivers?

These step-by-step instructions are designed for non-technical users. For expert users, the only advice needed is this: download the self-extracting archive to a temporary or storage directory; run the self-extracting archive from a DOS prompt in order to extract the .ALL file; move the .ALL file to your printer file directory; select your new printer in WordPerfect.

(1) Open WordPerfect 6.x; use Shift-F1/Location of Files; look at the Printer Files entry; and remember (perhaps write down) the name of the directory listed there.

(2) Download the self-extracting file that contains the driver for your printer; either click on the link to the file or right-click on the link and choose Save target as... or Save link as... When the Save As dialog box appears (it will show the name of the file in the File Name field near the bottom and you will see a Save In... field at the top), click in the Save In... field, and use the directory tree to find the directory you identified in step (1). To navigate the directory tree, click the plus sign next to your drive letter to expand the tree, and navigate to the directory you want; you may have to click on more than one plus sign to find it. (This is easier to do than it is to describe.) Click Save to download the file. If you see a message asking if you want to overwrite an existing file, choose Yes.

(3) After the file has been downloaded into the directory you chose, use the Windows Start Menu and choose Run... In the Run dialog box, type the name of the directory you found in step (1) (for example, C:\WP61) and press Enter. (Alternatively, if you have a "My Computer" icon on your desktop, double-click it, and navigate to the directory until a window opens listing the files, as described in the following step.)

(4) A Windows Explorer window will open, with icons or filenames representing the files in the directory you specified. Find the name of the file that you downloaded. Even though the downloaded file has a name with ".exe" at the end, Windows Explorer (by default) does not display the letters ".exe". So if the file you downloaded was named "Wp60hp4k.exe" look for "Wp60hp4k" in the directory list. If your system does display the ".exe" at the end of the name, that is perfectly all right also.

Note: You will make your life much easier if you change your windows settings to display letters like ".exe"; full instructions may be found elsewhere on this site.

(5) Double-click on that file. What happens next depends on the Windows version that you are using. If you are using Windows 2000 or Windows XP, you may see a message box that asks if you want to Run the file; if you see this message box, click on Run; you will then see a DOS window open briefly and then close; that is exactly what should happen; proceed to step (6). If you receive a prompt asking if you want to overwrite an existing file, answer Yes. If you are using Windows 95, 98, or Me, a DOS window will open, and you should see a message that looks like: "Inflating WP51HP4K.ALL"; wait a second or two after this message appears, then close the DOS window by clicking on the "X" icon in the upper right corner.

Note: If you are installing a printer driver downloaded from Corel's web site, instead of a driver file downloaded from this site, you will be prompted to extract the driver files; answer Yes to the prompt.

(6) Close the window that you opened in step (4).

(7) Run WordPerfect. Use Shift-F7/Select/Add Printer. Scroll down the list until you find the name of the printer you want to install. If you find two similar entries, one with (PCL) in the name, the other with (PS) or (PostScript), choose the (PCL) definition unless you have a good reason not to do so. Choose Select. Press Enter to accept the default printer filename. Press F7 until you are back at the Select Printer menu; make sure your new printer is highlighted, and press S to select it. Press F7 until you are back at the editing screen. Print a file to make certain that everything works. If you encounter any problems, use this site's advice on troubleshooting printing under Windows.


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