Set printer to unanmed default printer in access vba

Is it possible on a button click to ensure the printer used is always the one selected as default in the windows settings?

This may vary from computer to computer so i would like to avoid naming the printer, instead taking the name out of the windows defaults.

Using Access 2002-2012.

Thanks in advance.
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Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPDesigner and DeveloperCommented:
To handle this I set my reports to use the default printer and have never had an issue. The key is to compile the front end into a MDE/ACCDE. This way any printer changes made by the user will not get saved.

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SweetingAAuthor Commented:
I understand that i can set the printer but i want the vba code to seek out the name of the listed default printer on whichever computer the user logs onto.

Boyd (HiTechCoach) Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVPDesigner and DeveloperCommented:
To return the current default printer use this property:


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? Application.Printer.DeviceName
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I understand that i can set the printer but i want the vba code to seek out the name
I was suggesting NOT setting the printer to a named printer but set it to the default printer in the report page set up. This way it will automatically use the default printer.  I deploy front ends as MDE's and ACCDE's to 100's of different PCs. Every PC can have a different default printer using this method without any issues.   If I want to print a report to a specific printer I change Access's default printer not the report's.  This allows every user to define what printer they want to use as the default for Access with ever having to  change a  form/report design or the Window default printer!

Boyd Trimmell, Microsoft Access MVP
aka HiTechCoach

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