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How do I get the status of the printer using MFC or SDK ? I should be able to see if the printer is active, idle, powered off etc.
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Use 'OpenPrinter()' to retrieve a handle to the specified printer. Then call 'GetPrinter()' to request a PRINTER_INFO_*' (preferrably 'PRINTER_INFO_5') structure that holds the information the system 'knows' about the printer (e.g. 'PRINTER_ATTRIBUTE_WORK_OFFLINE' etc.)
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Ooops - 'PRINTER_INFO_2' should work for you also, but you'll better take a look at all structures to find out what fits your needs better ;-)
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Two knowledge base articles will help you with this:

Q160129
Q158828

It would be pointless to repeat the articles here, they are well written and starting there can get you almost anything out of the print drivers/spoolers, etc...

To find those articles you can go to Microsoft's site in the search section. Click on the Knowledge Base radio button and search the article number.
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I found both jkr's and plaroche's answer very helpful. But I have one small problem. The two articles quoted above mention that it is possible to get the physical printer status only if the spooler is sending a print job to the printer. Can you give me a trick by which I can get the physical printer status whenever I want to ?
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Well, as the article states:
>>Consequently, a system Printer reports no status when the
>>Printer queue is empty
The easiest way to get around this would be to add a 'dummy' job to the queue before you retrieve the status and using 'SetJob( ..., JOB_CONTROL_CANCEL);' to delete it afterwards instead of calling 'ScheduleJob()'...
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