Setting the desired printer (Easy)

Posted on 1999-01-22
Last Modified: 2010-04-06
I sometimes need to change the default printer.  I am using the SetPrinter procedure but am not getting any results.  I look in the printer setup dialog and see that it is set, but it does not print there.  Help.
Question by:swig
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Madshi earned 10 total points
ID: 1362838
Hi swig,

this is the function I'm using. I hope it solves your problems...

function SetDefaultPrinter(localPrinter: string) : boolean;
var c1   : cardinal;
    pi   : PPrinterInfo2;
    size : cardinal;
    if OpenPrinter(PChar(localPrinter),c1,@printerDefaults) then begin
        GetPrinter(c1,2,nil,0,@size); pi:=AllocMem(size);
          if not GetPrinter(c1,2,pi,size,@size) then begin
            // AlertError('Standard-Drucker festlegen (1).',LastErrStr);
          if pi^.Attributes and PRINTER_ATTRIBUTE_DEFAULT=0 then begin
            pi^.Attributes:=pi^.Attributes or PRINTER_ATTRIBUTE_DEFAULT;
            if not SetPrinter(c1,2,pi,0) then begin
              // AlertError('Standard-Drucker festlegen (2).',LastErrStr);
        finally FreeMem(pi) end;
      finally ClosePrinter(c1) end;
    end else ;
      // AlertError('Standard-Drucker festlegen.',
      //            'Der Drucker "'+localPrinter+'" wurde nicht gefunden!');

Regards, Madshi.

Author Comment

ID: 1362839
I am unfamiliar with PPrinterInfo2.  Could you explain?
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ID: 1362840
  TPrinterInfo2 = record
    pServerName: PAnsiChar;
    pPrinterName: PAnsiChar;
    pShareName: PAnsiChar;
    pPortName: PAnsiChar;
    pDriverName: PAnsiChar;
    pComment: PAnsiChar;
    pLocation: PAnsiChar;
    pDevMode: PDeviceModeA;
    pSepFile: PAnsiChar;
    pPrintProcessor: PAnsiChar;
    pDatatype: PAnsiChar;
    pParameters: PAnsiChar;
    pSecurityDescriptor: PSecurityDescriptor;
    Attributes: DWORD;
    Priority: DWORD;
    DefaultPriority: DWORD;
    StartTime: DWORD;
    UntilTime: DWORD;
    Status: DWORD;
    cJobs: DWORD;
    AveragePPM: DWORD;

I'm doing this:
(1) Opening the printer.
(2) Getting the size of the PPrinterInfo2, that is needed (the strings are stored behind the structure, so the allocated buffer must be bigger than just the buffer size.
(3) Get the buffer (including the strings).
(4) Now I have the current printer settings.
(5) Change the attributes, so that this printer is the default printer now.
(6) Set the buffer.
(7) Free the buffer.
(8) Close the printer.

Everything clear now?

Regards, Madshi.

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