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Disable print dialogue for a kioak running Windows XP

Posted on 2004-10-14
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have a kiosk on a dedicated machine running Windows XP.

I really need to find a method to disable the print dialogue from showing to the user when a print is requested.  The print request will come from Flash MX running in a projector (so no IE).  

Since this is a dedicated machine running one primary application, it would be OK to completey disable the dialogue for all print requests, not just from the one application.

Flash does not provide this function, and I have had no luck in searching the net for a solution that is not ActiveX or browser related.

While I would prefer a simple solution, I would be willing to purchase a program that would accomplish this task.

Any help would be appreciated!

Thanks!

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by:hdhondt
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Why not just remove all permissions for all users (from the Security tab in printer Properties). The print dialogue will still come up but printing will be impossible. It's not as clean as removing the print dialogue altogether, but at least it's easy to do and works for everything. You can also give different permissions to different users so that, for example, the administrator can still print.
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by:DigitalReactor
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Thanks for the response hdhondt.  

Unfortunately the user has to be able to print, the entire function of the kiosk is to personalize a label that prints to one printer, and a receipt to another printer.  So removing the printing permissions would not work.

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I don't know of any general way to disable the Print dialog. With specific applications (e.g. Word) there is a button that prints to the default printer, without any dialog, so it is possible to do it, but I think it needs to be written into the application. If it isn't, I suspect not even VB can get to it.

The following link has one suggestion, but I don't think it's what you want either.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Programming/Programming_Languages/Visual_Basic/Q_21077909.html
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by:DigitalReactor
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Thanks for you help and sorry for the lack of response.

I could not find an easy solution, so ended up writing a program that will "auto accept" the printer dialogue.


Thanks for your help
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