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PRINT OR SEND EPL COMMAND FROM VBA ACCESS2010

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Hello to all developpers from an ACCESS developper. I want to send EPL command from VBA ACCESS 2010 - I found many information about other platforms that i cant make work on my VBA solution. The less i would appeciate would to be able to send a EPL command file to my usb Zebra printer. Send command directly to the printer would be better. Can someone help me. I cant think that such a simple thing seems to be so hard.
ZEBRA 2844 - USB - WINDOWS 7 64 - EPL COMMAND FILE is OK manually
Thank you .
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Out on the net you'll find a bunch of free file to printer utilties out there.  I use PrintFile, written by Peter Lerup.

WIthin Access, I generate a file to disk using the correct print driver with it's output set to file.  I then take that file output and pass it to the printer using the PrintFile utility.

Not quite sure what's involved in printing directly to a port.  Years ago, I know it was as simple as a COPY using the /b switch for binary mode.  Not sure if that would work with a USB port or not.

Jim.
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Jim Dettman (Microsoft MVP/ EE MVE) earned 2000 total points
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Here's a link BTW:

http://www.lerup.com/printfile/

Jim.
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by:Manfred35
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Thank you very mutch JDettman you give me one more way for searching. After dowloading printfile I am trying this line in the immediate windows but doesnt do anything. I continue testing and tell the result.
The command:
Shell "C:\0PciSvr\PrFile32.exe /q C:\0PciSvr\TLP2844a.txt"
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I would test with it manually first.  It supports drag and drop.  So just with explorer open, drag your file on top of it and see if it does what you want.

If it does, then I would leave it running all the time and have it in "spool" mode, which means it's always looking at a directory and when it sees a file appear, it will print it.  Then you just need to move a file there.

If you do not want to do that, I am sure there is a way to get it to work with Shell().

Jim.
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by:Manfred35
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Sorry i just forgot to reset the printer, it seems to work now. I continu some test and tell you.
Thank you.
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by:Manfred35
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Finally it was the best solution for my actual need. Thank you very much. Sorry for the little delay for my response. BY
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Not a problem.  Just glad to hear your up and running!

Jim.
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