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setting default printer form VC++

Posted on 1998-12-01
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Last Modified: 2013-12-03
Does anyone know how i can set a printer to be the default windows printer from within a visual C++ program.

thanx in advance,

Question by:pbranagan
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Check  http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/q135/3/87.asp


// This code uses a sample profile string of "My Printer,HPPCL5MS,lpt1:"

// To get the default printer for Windows 3.1, Windows 3.11, Windows 95, and Windows NT use:
GetProfileString("windows", "device", ",,,", buffer, sizeof(buffer));
// To set the default printer for Windows 3.1 and Windows 3.11 use:
WriteProfileString("windows", "device", "My Printer,HPPCL5MS,lpt1:");
// To set the default printer for Windows 95 use:
WriteProfileString("windows", "device", "My Printer,HPPCL5MS,lpt1:");
// To set the default printer for Windows NT use:
/* Note printer driver is usually WINSPOOL under Windows NT */
WriteProfileString("windows", "device", "My Printer,WINSPOOL,lpt1:");


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