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Printing in "text mode" from Internet Explorer

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I have a Zebra LP 2824 label printer, which has it's own built-in fonts for handling simple text.  I want to print labels on it from Internet Explorer.  I've installed the driver supplied from Zebra.

I can print from NotePad, (which of course is simple text).  But Internet explorer takes more than ten seconds to respond, and then only prints a blank label, even from a *.txt file.

I would think the driver would look at what modes IE8 can send, what modes the printer can recieve, and either find a match or throw an error to the screen.  But instead, a delay and then blank label.

What does it take to make a simple label printer work with Internet Explorer?
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Did you try the Generic/Text Only driver? It does produce a text file for me, but I don't have a Zebra printer.

However, an additional problem is that printing web pages is problematic at best. If you want to extract a label from a web page to print it, I expect that the page needs to be designed for that.
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I don't know what "Generic/Text Only" driver you are refering to.  I downloaded  and installed the driver file from Zebra.com which was specified for this model.  I think that should have covered all bases.

I tried loading a one-word text file (.txt) created by Notepad into Internet Explorer and printing it. Can't get simpler or more "Text Only" than that.  ...same blank label result.
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Start teh Add Printer Wizard. Install a local printer. When asked for the printer model, scroll to Generic/Text Only. When asked for the port, select the port for the Zebra.

Printing a text file through the driver does *not* print text. It prints whatever the driver thinks. But, remember my caveat about printing from web pages...
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I didn't understand your first comment, but after your second comment, the first suddenly made perfect sense.  (Now I know about "Generic/Text Only" drivers, etc.)

The text driver you suggested didn't work either, but it got me thinking about trying different dirvers.  Zebral.com now offeres the "Plus" model in place of this one, and my model's manual pictures the XT (pre 386) computer!  That's OLD!   Thinking this "antiquated" model might have "antiquated" drivers, I tried the "Plus" model drivers on it.  And it worked!  :)

Thanks for your advice....which lead to the solution!  :)
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Glad to hear it's solved. Better award yourself the points for coming up with the answer.
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The points are yours.  :)
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Thanks - but yours is the correct answer
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