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I am trying to print a document to a file instead of to the printer using VB5.  I tried the "print#1" route, but keep getting file already open, even though I'm using a different file with a different name, etc.  Is there another way I can print a printer document to a file?
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Question by:bmilne
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Bhargava earned 150 total points
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See if this helps.
The file # your using should not be a constat.
Use FreeFile function to get the free file # and try printing the file.
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by:singe
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This seemed a little unclear to me even though I know what Bhargava was trying to say. Try following these steps:

1. Declare a variable as an integer

2. Assign a valid file handle to that variable by calling:
 (variable) = FreeFile

Don't forget to open, close, and print using only this file handle, and that each file handle may only be used for one open file. To open multiple files, you will need to get multiple free file handles...

Singe
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by:swathi
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 let printer document be file_tobe_printed .
you can use following code:

      num1=FreeFile
      open file_tobe_printed For Binary As #num1
      num2=FreeFile
      open new_file For BInary As #num2
      while( Not EOF(num1))
          get  #num1, ,Chunk
          put #num2, .Chumk
       wend
      Close #num2
      Close #num1
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