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Controling Printer and Word 97

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Is it possible to control Word 97 ( file open, print, etc...) and to set the default printer to a different one then it is right now with Visual C++ 5??

I'm using NT4 if that changes anything...

Thanks.
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This is a bunch of tasks that can't be performed in a single step ;-)
Do you mean to 'fully' control Word (emulating user interaction etc.) or is it enough just to print a document (to a special printer)?
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Yes, Emulating user interaction...I want the software to open word, print to a the Acrobat PDFWriter printer, change the printer back to what it was and close the software.

I want to do that with the whole office suite...is it possible. Even not in one step?
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Emulating user interaction is hard. But maybe the OLE automation interface of the office applications might come inhady (though i never used it...)
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It is simplier to do it through Visual Basic or VBScript(usinh WSH) using the COM interface that Word 97 exposes. Also, use SR 1 for Office 97 or later.

Here is the code example:

   Sub SwitchPrinter()
      Dim strActivePrinter As String

      Set Application = CreateObject("Word.Application")

      ' Get active printer.
      strActivePrinter = Application.ActivePrinter

      ' Change to the printer to the 6P printer on the computer \\FLAMINGO
      Application.ActivePrinter = "\\FLAMINGO\HP LaserJet 6P/6MP"

      ' Print the active document to printer.
      ActiveDocument.PrintOut

      ' Change back to the default printer.
      Application.ActivePrinter = strActivePrinter

   End Sub

Note, the same is possible through VC++, get the CLSID from the registry, use CoCreateInstance and then go ahead. Use OLEVIEW to get more details on the COM interface.
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