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I need some help writing a vbs script to recreate a text file that has a list of printers. Using a batch script, it runs: cscript %systemroot%\system32\prnmngr.vbs -l > "c:\documents and settings\%username%\Desktop\printers.txt"
From here the text file is full of unneeded information (see attached). What I would like to have is a vbs file that reads through the file and pulls only the printer name and puts it into a new text file.
printers.txt
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Check out this link:

http://anandpv.spaces.live.com/blog/cns!AFCCA5892B178862!1694.entry

See if that works for you.
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Mark Pavlak earned 500 total points
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EASY!  This will allow you to browse for the source file.  Create an output file in the root of c: named printers.txt ( this can be changed on line 10 to whatever you want.
Dim sFileName,sTempLine
Dim oFso,oInfile,oOutFile
Const ForReading = 1
 
 
 
sFileName = BrowseForFile("c:\")
Set oFso = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject")
Set oInfile = oFso.OpenTextFile (sFileName,ForReading)
Set oOutFile = oFso.CreateTextFile ("C:\Printers.txt",True)
Do Until oInfile.AtEndOfStream
	sTempLine = oInfile.ReadLine
		If InStr(sTempLine,"Printer name ") <> 0 Then
			oOutFile.WriteLine Replace(sTempLine,"Printer name ","")
		End If 
Loop
 
 
WScript.Echo sFileName
Function BrowseForFile (path)
Dim objDialog
 
Set objDialog = CreateObject("UserAccounts.CommonDialog")
With objDialog
	.Filter = "Text Files|*.txt"
	.Flags = &H80000
	.FilterIndex = 1
	.InitialDir = path
End With
intResult = objDialog.ShowOpen
 
If intResult = 0 Then
    Wscript.Quit
Else
    BrowseForFile = objDialog.FileName
End If
End function
 
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by:SPAHP-OITLR
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Worked perfect. Thank you so much.
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by:SPAHP-OITLR
ID: 24307026
Jfinner Thank you the script it worked well. Was wondering if you could alter it so it grabs the printer.txt file from a predefined location opposed to having to search for it. This script will need to have no end user interaction. Thank you in advance.
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Your welcome
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