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Printing Excel sheet from command line

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I want to print MS-Excel sheet from command line. I have this script:

PRINT.EXE /D:"\\WRHMAIN\P_IS_WOFFICE" C:\projects\floor.xls

This command line is printing garbage. Any ideas how to make it work.
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Question by:wimzieguy
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by:KJHDI12
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PRINT.EXE only prints textfile. It treats the excel document as a text document, and the excel document contains alot of binary codes that reult it printing "garbage". Im looking into a solution for the printing.
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by:KJHDI12
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This VB code will print a XSL document specified as a parameter. ie..
"myapp.exe" c:\test.xls"
will print the excel docuement test.xsl

If you want I can compile you a exe you can use.

Code:

Option Explicit

Public Sub Main()

   ' Variables
   Dim mybook As Excel.Workbook
   Dim xlApp As Excel.Application
   
   ' Error trapping
   On Error GoTo errTrap
   
   ' Quit if no file was specified
   If Command = "" Then Exit Sub
   
   ' Open excel document
   Set xlApp = New Excel.Application
   Set mybook = xlApp.Workbooks.Open(Command, , , , , "")
   
   ' Print
   mybook.PrintOut
   
   ' Close excel
   mybook.Close
   
   Exit Sub
errTrap:
   MsgBox Err.Description, vbInformation, "Excel document printing"
   
End Sub
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by:wimzieguy
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Please.... I am too new for visual basic
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KJHDI12 earned 125 total points
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http://www.uogateway.com/printxls.zip

It incudes the printxls.exe application and source code (just in case).
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by:wimzieguy
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I am getting this error when I run this app with my excel sheet:

The instruction at "0x00000000" referenced memory at "0x00000000". The memory could not be "read".
Click blah blah...

Any idea what is going on??
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by:KJHDI12
ID: 11776855

Strange. Anything special about that excel file?

What version of Excel do you use?
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by:wimzieguy
ID: 11776871
Excel 97 SR-2
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by:KJHDI12
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Ah. This method wont work unless you got Excel 2000 or newer. :/
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by:wimzieguy
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hmmmm... let me try then.
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by:wimzieguy
ID: 11786718
Wow! It worked with Excel 2000 :-)
Thanks a lot!
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np
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by:The_Degenerate
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I am also fairly new to VB programming and needed a helping hand in figuring out how to print an excel document via VB code.  The above URL to the compiled application no longer works (it's 3 years old ..., might be why :) )  So I have re-written it in VB2005, compiled it, and am hosting it here http://www.bxstudio.com/bxdls/ExcelPrinter.exe

See attached code snippet for updated vb2005 code. Again, not a pro at VB...so the code might not be the best way to accomplish this...but it gets the job done and that is all that matters.
Also note, this code is directly derived from the above post by KJHDI12.  I don't want to take credit for his initial work.

Thanks,

Degen

Option Explicit On
 

Public Class Form1

    Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load

        ' Variables

        Dim mybook As Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Workbook

        Dim xlApp As Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application
 

        ' Error trapping

        On Error GoTo errTrap
 

        ' Quit if no file was specified

        If Command() = "" Then Exit Sub
 

        ' Open excel document

        xlApp = New Microsoft.Office.Interop.Excel.Application

        mybook = xlApp.Workbooks.Open(Command, , , , , "")
 

        ' Print

        mybook.PrintOut()
 

        ' Close excel

        mybook.Close()

        Close()

        Exit Sub

errTrap:

        MsgBox(Err.Description, vbInformation, "Excel document printing")

        Close()

    End Sub
 

End Class

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