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Hello,
i have users that jump all around form computer to computer in a big facility.  I cannot base default printer by username since they roam around from machine to machine.  I am trying to setup a script that will run locally on the machine (startup folder) and prompts the user to select their default printer from the available printers on the machine.  I currently have several IP based printers installed on the machine.  I assume this can be done with a .bat file or .vbs file but cannot find any code to do what im looking for..any assistance would be great..
its a windows server 2003 domain environment with windows xp pro clients.
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Copy the script below to notepad
Save as filename.vbs
Run it at startup

It will bring up the Printers & Faxes window
and a message box telling users to select their default printer
Set objApp = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") 
objApp.Run "Control Printers", 0, True
WScript.Echo "Please Select Your Default Printer"
Set objApp = Nothing

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If you want to customize further to make it easier on the user. You can use this script.
in the MsgTxt replace the 1. PrinterA with your printer name and so on...
In Select Case section ....match PrinterA to ur printer name and change the server path to the specific printer...
In Case Else section
Change the path to the default printer should the user choose cancel or forgets to input choice number

MsgTxt = vbNothing
MsgTxt = MsgTxt  & vbCrLf & "Select your default printer" 
MsgTxt = MsgTxt  & vbCrLf & "1. PrinterA"
MsgTxt = MsgTxt  & vbCrLf & "2. PrinterB"
MsgTxt = MsgTxt  & vbCrLf & "2. PrinterC"
MsgTxt = MsgTxt  & vbCrLf & "2. PrinterD"
    
DefaultPrinter = InputBox(MsgTxt,"Select Default Printer")
 
Set WSHNetwork = WScript.CreateObject("WScript.Network")   
    
Select Case DefaultPrinter
     Case "1","PrinterA"
       WSHNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter "\\ServerName\PrinterA_PrinterName"
     Case "2","PrinterB"
       WSHNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter "\\ServerName\PrinterB_PrinterName"
     Case "3","PrinterC"
       WSHNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter "\\ServerName\PrinterB_PrinterName"
     Case "4","PrinterD"
       WSHNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter "\\ServerName\PrinterB_PrinterName"
 
     Case Else
       WSHNetwork.SetDefaultPrinter "\\ServerName\Generic_PrinterName"
 
End Select
 
Set WSHNetwork = Nothing

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ooops...in Msgtxt ....change the selection numbers to 1,2,3,4...I left them as 1,2,2,2...pleas correct
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by:dpedersen
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THAT IS AWESOME and exactly what i want.  One change i made:
instead of \\servername\printerb...
i have local printers and found that i can just put in quotations there the windows printer name IE:  "HP Laserjet 1015" and it works.

THANK YOU SO MUCH...
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Your welcome. Happy to help.
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