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Set printer in reportviewer

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I have a windows form with a reportviewer element. I have a drop down populated with the printers installed. I would like the user to select the printer from the dropdown and when they click the print button have the correct printer selected in the print dialog box. Has anyone been able to set the printer this way?
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Question by:dvonderburg
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by:kdwood
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Greetings dvon,

Why not use the Print Button that is already a part of the default toolbar of the ReportViewer control?  It already has the functionality that you described and required no extra coding.

Regards,

Keith
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by:dvonderburg
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Keith thank you for the response and good question.

The report I've created needs to go to a different printer other than the default. Most of my users have a different default printer setup in their windows and they have to select the printer manually each time they print my report. I want to store the printer name for my report and when the user clicks the print button make that printer be the selected printer.

Thank you,

Don
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kdwood earned 500 total points
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Ok, I understand now.  Give this a try:

        Dim strOldPrinter As String
        Dim WshNetwork As Object
        Dim pd As New Printing.PrintDocument
 
        Try
            
            strOldPrinter = pd.PrinterSettings.PrinterName
 
            WshNetwork = Microsoft.VisualBasic.CreateObject("WScript.Network")
 
            WshNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter("Your Printer Name That You Want To Use")
 
            pd.PrinterSettings.PrinterName = "Your Printer Name That You Want To Use"
 
        Catch exptd As Exception
 
            WshNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter(strOldPrinter)
 
        Finally
 
            WshNetwork = Nothing
            pd = Nothing
 
        End Try

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By the way,

You will want to do this prior to clicking the print button.  Maybe on the loading of the form that hosts the printviewer control or whatever event calls your specific report.

Regards,

Keith
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by:dvonderburg
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Perfect, thank you. The only change I needed was to the line "Dim pd As New Printing.PrintDocument" to "Dim pd As New Drawing.Printing.PrintDocument".
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