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Determine when User cancels printing from the FilePrint dialog box

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I'm implementing the Word object in a class to print a document. Instead of printing outright, I show the FilePrint dialog box by the code, "objWord.Dialogs(wdDialogFilePrint).Show", and let the use decided whether to cancel or continue printing.

Now here lies the problem. I want to be able to catch the event (or whatever it is that I could catch) when the user clicks on the cancel button. I couldn't find a way to do this.

I figured the use of Common Dialog box might solve the problem BUT as I am coding a class, I needed to reference commdlg32.dll - and I can't. "Can't add a reference to the specified file" error shows up. I had to drop this.

Is there anyone who can provide me a solution so I'd know when the printing is cancelled?

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Ficus earned 100 total points
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I don't understand why you cant use the VB Common Dialog Control .showprint.  Then you set a flag and you can capture a user cancel via the error handler.

Why does the fact that your code includes a classes prevent this?  Do you not have any forms in the project?  Im not following.  Give more of an idea about your over project.
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by:ludy
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I am creating a DLL to print the Word document so no forms at all and I can't just add the Common Dialog control into it. I tried referencing comdlg32.dll but the error I said above shows up.

I really need to have the Print dialog box show up even the project's formless and do the necessary actions when the User continues printing or cancel it.
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by:Steiner
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Just curious: why not using forms in a dll??
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by:Ficus
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Ludy,
Paste the following into your project and give it a try.  Will work in a .cls no prob :)

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Option Explicit

Private Declare Function PrinterProperties Lib "winspool.drv" _
  (ByVal hwnd As Long, ByVal hPrinter As Long) As Long

Private Declare Function OpenPrinter Lib "winspool.drv" _
  Alias "OpenPrinterA" (ByVal pPrinterName As String, _
  phPrinter As Long, pDefault As PRINTER_DEFAULTS) As Long

Private Declare Function ClosePrinter Lib "winspool.drv" _
  (ByVal hPrinter As Long) As Long
 
Private Type PRINTER_DEFAULTS
   pDatatype As Long ' String
   pDevMode As Long
   pDesiredAccess As Long
End Type

Private Const STANDARD_RIGHTS_REQUIRED = &HF0000
Private Const PRINTER_ACCESS_ADMINISTER = &H4
Private Const PRINTER_ACCESS_USE = &H8
Private Const PRINTER_ALL_ACCESS = (STANDARD_RIGHTS_REQUIRED Or _
   PRINTER_ACCESS_ADMINISTER Or PRINTER_ACCESS_USE)

Public Function DisplayPrinterProperties(DeviceName As String) _
  As Boolean
         
'PURPOSE:  Displays the property sheet for the printer
'Specified by Device Name

'PARAMETER: DeviceName: DeviceName of Printer to
'Display Properties of

'EXAMPLE USAGE: DisplayPrinterProperties Printer.DeviceName

'NOTES: As Written, you must put this function into a form
'module. To put into a .bas or .cls module, add a parameter for
'the form or the form's hwnd.

On Error GoTo ErrorHandler
Dim lAns As Long, hPrinter As Long
Dim typPD As PRINTER_DEFAULTS

typPD.pDatatype = 0
typPD.pDesiredAccess = PRINTER_ALL_ACCESS
typPD.pDevMode = 0
lAns = OpenPrinter(Printer.DeviceName, hPrinter, typPD)
If lAns <> 0 Then
    lAns = PrinterProperties(Me.hwnd, hPrinter)
    DisplayPrinterProperties = lAns <> 0
End If

ErrorHandler:
If hPrinter <> 0 Then ClosePrinter hPrinter
   
End Function

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Snippet by Intelligent Solutions Inc.
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No comment has been added lately, so it's time to clean up this TA.
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