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Hi,
  I am interested in a program that will check files into a directory and print their files.
  The problem is that I don´t know how to check a file (for example .doc) and print it automaticly. Is it posible?.

  Can you tell me how to do it or point me somewhere?.

Thks!.

Alejandro Acosta A.
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by:mcrider
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See the microsoft KB article:

HOWTO: Use ShellExecute to Launch Associated File (32-bit)
http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q170/9/18.asp?LNG=ENG&SA=MSDN&FR=1 


In the example you will see the line:

   StartDoc = ShellExecute(Scr_hDC, "Open", DocName, _
          "", "C:\", SW_SHOWNORMAL)
     

If you change the "Open" to "Print" in this line, it will print the document to the default printer using the native application that the file belongs to.  For example, a .DOC file is associated with Word.  This will print the document through word...


Cheers!
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By the way, if you dont want to have the application visible, you would change that line to:

   StartDoc = ShellExecute(Scr_hDC, "Print", DocName, _
          "", "C:\", 0)



Cheers!
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by:Marine
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Its going to be a few more lines then mcrider proposed. Yes you would need to use ShellExecute to print this but to check files you would need something else. I'll see if i can find something for you to solve this. Can i do something like this. Put all the listed files from a directory into a FileList control and then when you click on that file you will print it is that good enough ?
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I am assuming that aacosta knows how to select the files that are to be printed...  The problem was actually PRINTING the files...

If that was too big of an assumption, I'm sorry...

There are so many ways to select a file(s)...  It all depends on what you want your interface to look like.

You can use the CommonDialog control to select the file(s)...

You can use the DriveListbox DirListbox and FileListbox to select the drive/directory/file...

You can use the Dir statement to get the files in a directory...


All of these are WELL DOCUMENTED in the VB Help file.


aacosta, If you need any more information, let me know.



Cheers!

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by:aacosta
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Hi again.
  The document at http://support.microsoft.com/support/kb/articles/Q170/9/18.asp?LNG=ENG&SA=MSDN&FR=1 was great!. I already used the code and work great.

  Can you tell me in addition how to get the files that are into a directory?.

Thanks.

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aacosta,

Thanks for the points! Glad I could help...

In my previous comment I mention several ways to get files... Do you have any idea which method you want to use?? (CommonDialog, FileListBoxes, or the DIR Statement??)


Cheers!
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by:aacosta
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I think dir Statement is ok.

I would like to print all the files that are into a directory and then move them to another directory. What is the best way?.

I dont want you to do my Job, I just need a help.

Thanks again :-)
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This code will show all of the files in the directory c:\windows\desktop to the debug window...

    Dim lFileName As String
    lFileName = Dir("c:\windows\desktop\*.*")
    Do While Not lFileName = ""
        Debug.Print lFileName
        lFileName = Dir()
    Loop


To move the files, you can use the FileCopy statement to copy the files to where you want it to go and then use the Kill statement to delete the original file...


Cheers!

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