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How to call printer properties dialog

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well, I need to show printer properties dialog directly from a button.

So, I can't use PrinterSetupDialog that brings me a form. I need to go directly to the window that configures the printer, like HP's or Epsons configuration dialog.

Thanks, Isac
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ok... I am waiting
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After 2 hours of reading documents and coding i wrote the unit below. Call PrinterPropertiesDialog(True) to make modal window, PrinterPropertiesDialog(False) to make none modal. This will produce Properties dialog for printer, currently selected in Delphi (See Printer function, printers unit). You can change this printer using Printer.PrinterIndex and Printer.Printers properties of printer object.

This code works nice for me under Win98. I didn't test it with other OS versions.

Alexander.
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unit prndlg;

interface


function PrinterPropertiesDialog(Modal:boolean):boolean;

implementation
uses Windows, Forms, Printers;

function PrinterPropertiesDialog(Modal:boolean):boolean;
const
  PRINTACTION_PROPERTIES=1;
type
  pfSHInvokePrinterCommand = function(
    hwnd:THandle; uAction:UINT; lpBuf1:pchar; lpBuf2:pchar; fModal:BOOL
  ):BOOL; stdcall;
var
  Device, Driver, Port: array[0..79] of char;
  Instance,DeviceMode:THandle;
  SHInvokePrinterCommand:pfSHInvokePrinterCommand;
  FreeInstance:boolean;
begin
  Result := False;
  Printer.GetPrinter(Device, Driver, Port, DeviceMode);
  FreeInstance := False;
  Instance:=GetModuleHandle('shell32.dll');
  if Instance=0 then
    begin
      FreeInstance := True;
      Instance:=LoadLibrary('shell32.dll');
    end;
  try
    SHInvokePrinterCommand := GetProcAddress(Instance,'SHInvokePrinterCommandA');
     if Assigned(SHInvokePrinterCommand) then
      Result := SHInvokePrinterCommand(Application.Handle,PRINTACTION_PROPERTIES,Device,nil,Modal)
  finally
    if FreeInstance then
      FreeLibrary(Instance);
  end;
end;

end.

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nice answer :-)
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DMN,

Sorry, but this is not what I want... I want to show the window that let me able to configure the paper size, the print mode, and so...

It is not the "Printer Properties" window.

Can you help me again?
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That was EXACTLY dialog you can see selecting PROPERTIES menu item in your printers folder... :(
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Take a look at DocumentProperies and AdvancedDocumentProperties.

They declared in winspool.pas.

May be this can helps?...
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something like this also works:


uses printers, winspool;
 
{$R *.DFM}
 
procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
var
  hPrinter: THandle;
  Device : array[0..255] of char;
  Driver : array[0..255] of char;
  Port  : array[0..255] of char;
  hDeviceMode: THandle;
begin
  Printer.PrinterIndex := combobox1.itemindex;
  Printer.GetPrinter(Device, Driver, Port, hDeviceMode);
  if WinSpool.OpenPrinter(@Device, hPrinter, nil) then
  try
    PrinterProperties( Handle, hPrinter );
  finally
    WinSpool.ClosePrinter( hPrinter );
  end;
end;
 
procedure TForm1.FormCreate(Sender: TObject);
begin
  combobox1.items:= printer.printers;
  combobox1.itemindex := 0;
end;
 
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thanks! =)
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