Microsoft KB Archive/250636

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Article ID: 250636

Article Last Modified on 2/28/2007


  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server
  • Microsoft Windows NT Workstation 4.0 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Windows NT Server 4.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Windows 95
  • Microsoft Windows 98 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q250636


When you print text boxes or other objects using the generic text printer driver (TTY printer driver), the results may be different for computers running Windows 95, Windows 98, Windows NT 4.0, and Windows 2000.

In some cases, Windows NT 4.0 adds extra blank lines to distinguish the text boxes, while Windows 95 and Windows 98 does not add lines.

There are other differences when you print from specific programs using the different platforms.


This issue occurs because of the different driver models for Windows 95 or Windows 98 and Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000. The conversion from GDI (Graphic Display Interface) objects to plain text has differences.


To resolve this issue, use one of the following methods:

  • Contact your printer manufacturer to see if you can use a different printer driver.
  • Contact your program manufacturer to see if there is a workaround for the issue.


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.


The purpose of the TTY driver is as a last resort driver when the user has no existing driver for that printer.

Because of the TTY driver is limited to fixed size, fixed pitch printing, the position of the text on the page cannot be precisely specified.

The output depends on the printer itself. Even if you print the same text to different printers, you receive different output.

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