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In my program I want to use a certain printer and the user should not be able to select one in the dialog. I want to do this in the sourcecode. I know how to disable the dialog but how about the printer selection ?
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How To Get and Set the Default Printer in Windows
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q135/3/87.asp 

How to Set the Default Printer Programmatically in Windows 95
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q140/5/60.asp 
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Both pages you mentioned only refer to setting the default printer. What I actually want to do is to set the printer only for the document my program prints just as if you would do it in the printing dialog. How can I do that ?
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If you do not know please tell me ...
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Sorry. Look into the Win32 sample "Printer: Printing". It does what you want.
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Can anyone else tell me how it has to be done.
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by:bwilkins081898
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I am familiar with windows printing functions.  Question...
Does you program know what the windows name is for the printer
you are trying to print to?

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by:MarcoHelmers
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Yes, I do know the windows name for the printer. Do you know what I have to do ?
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Please help ...
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Look into the Win32 sample "Printer: Printing".
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that answer does not content me but ok ...
if you want the points ... lock the question...
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You may wait for a while to see whether there are better answers.
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here is a small function that retrieves a list of all installed printers:

void GetPrinterNameList(CStringArray& printerList)
{
      PRINTER_INFO_2* p;
      DWORD nbytes;
      DWORD nprinters;
      int i;

      EnumPrinters( PRINTER_ENUM_LOCAL, NULL, 2, NULL, 0, &nbytes, NULL);
      p = (PRINTER_INFO_2*)new char[nbytes];

      EnumPrinters( PRINTER_ENUM_LOCAL, NULL, 2, (unsigned char*)p, nbytes, &nbytes, &nprinters );

      printerList.RemoveAll();
      for( i = 0; i < nprinters; i++ )
            printerList.Add( p[i].pPrinterName );

      delete (char*)p;
}                                                                     


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