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I am trying to figure out how to show the user a list of their installed printers to choose from.  Then, based on the printer they select, show then the available paper sizes for that printer.  And then, for the printer they selected, change some of their windows printer settings for that printer.  Specifically:  Paper Size and print Landscape instead of Portrait.

So what I'm needing to figure out how to do:

1.  Show the user a list of their installed printers via combobox or listbox
2.  Based on their selection, show the user the available paper sizes for that printer via combobox or listbox.
3.  Change the default paper size and orientation of the chosen printer.  (Same as you would do manually by going to Printers and Faxes, right-clicking on the printer, and choosing Properties.)
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You can use the PrinterSettings class in System.Drawing.Printing.

Assuming you've got a form called Form1 with 2 ComboBoxes comboPrinters & comboPaperSizes
Private settings As New PrinterSettings()
Private page As PageSettings
 
Private Sub Form1_Load(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles Form1.Load
    '' Populate a combobox with all the printer names
    comboPrinters.BeginUpdate()
    comboPrinters.Items.Clear()
    For Each name As String In PrinterSettings.InstalledPrinters
        comboPrinters.Items.Add(name)
    Next
    comboPrinters.EndUpdate()
    comboPrinters.SelectedItem = settings.PrinterName
End Sub
 
Private Sub comboPaperSizes_SelectedValueChanged(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles comboPaperSizes.SelectedValueChanged
    page = New PageSettings(settings)
    page.PaperSize = DirectCast(comboPaperSizes.SelectedValue, PaperSize)
End Sub
 
Private Sub comboPrinters_SelectedIndexChanged(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As EventArgs) Handles comboPrinters.SelectedIndexChanged
    '' Populate a combox with paper sizes 
    settings.PrinterName = DirectCast(comboPrinters.SelectedItem, String)
    Dim sizes As New BindingList(Of PaperSize)()
    For Each size As PaperSize In settings.PaperSizes
        sizes.Add(size)
    Next
    comboPaperSizes.DisplayMember = "PaperName"
    comboPaperSizes.DataSource = sizes
End Sub

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Thank-You for the excellent example!
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