Printing an existing pdf file to a printer

Posted on 2007-11-29
Last Modified: 2012-08-13
I am trying to monitor a folder and whenever a new file goes into this case pdf files...I want to print them out to a list of printers.  How do I print a pdf document from vbscript.  I am using WMI to watch the folder and check for new files.  I then need code to look at the file name and then based on the name of the file will choose a list of printers and print out to them.  I haven't had any luck in finding out how to print the pdf to a printer?
Question by:dis1931
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Expert Comment

ID: 20376627
Something like this would work:

set objShell = CreateObject("Shell.Application")
str = "C:\PDFFile.pdf"
objShell.ShellExecute str, "", "", "print", 1
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Expert Comment

ID: 20376649
That sends it to the default printer...

You can set a printer like so:

strPrinterPath = "\\ComputerName\Printer Name"
Set WshNetwork = CreateObject("WScript.Network")
WshNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter strPrinterPath
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Author Comment

ID: 20377015
I am assuming however that this will not close adobe reader?
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Expert Comment

ID: 20377079
You're right it doesn't.  Not easy to close it from VBScript either.
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Author Comment

ID: 20379261
AcroRd32.exe has a switch /t that takes a file location, printer name, driver, and port.  I am going to call this from a vbscript.  This does close Acrobat after it prints.  It is fairly easy to close a process from vbscript via wmi.  I also like that i don't have to change the default printer as I want to print to multiple printers and don't want to keep changing it back and forth I prefer just directing it to the printer.

Everytime i see a new pdf file...based on name I will print to certain array of printers.  I will use a loop and then call acrord32.exe for each printer...and once the process ends I will call the next print.
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Accepted Solution

dis1931 earned 0 total points
ID: 20379266
In case anyone is interested the way to kill/close a process is:

Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
Set colProcessList = objWMIService.ExecQuery("Select * from Win32_Process Where Name = 'Excel.exe'")
For Each objProcess in colProcessList

This will kill all Excel.exe processes on strComputer....which is a variable.  You can set the variable to a PC Name or acquire it via other means such as WMI or have a user input...etc...
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ID: 20386668
No objections.

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