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How to change default settings of active printer via vba

Hello,

I have written the following code to print out timesheets.  However, the following code is not overwriting the printer defaults.

 ws.PageSetup.PaperSize = xlPaperLegal
  ws.PageSetup.BlackAndWhite = True

I'm thinking that I need the access the active printer and change the defaults there.
The activeprinter object does not seem to provide a way to access the above settings.  I've looked at the printout arguments, but there doesn't seem to be a way to change the paper size and black and white settings there.

Private Sub cmdPrintCompletedTimesheets_Click()
    ' Comments:
    ' Params  :
    ' Modified:
    
    On Error GoTo PROC_ERR
    
    Dim wb As Workbook
    Dim ws As Worksheet
    
    Set wb = ThisWorkbook
    Application.Dialogs(xlDialogPrinterSetup).Show
    For Each ws In wb.Worksheets
        If Left(ws.Name, 3) = "WTS" Then
            Application.EnableEvents = False
            ws.Unprotect
            
            ws.Range("C:C").EntireColumn.Hidden = False
            ws.Range("F:F").EntireColumn.Hidden = False
            ws.Range("I:I").EntireColumn.Hidden = False
            ws.Range("L:L").EntireColumn.Hidden = False
            ws.Range("O:O").EntireColumn.Hidden = False
            ws.Range("R:R").EntireColumn.Hidden = False
            ws.Range("U:U").EntireColumn.Hidden = False
            ws.Range("V:V").EntireColumn.Hidden = False
            ws.Range("W:W").EntireColumn.Hidden = False
            ws.Range("Z:Z").EntireColumn.Hidden = False
            ws.Range("AA:AA").EntireColumn.Hidden = False
            ws.Range("AB:AB").EntireColumn.Hidden = False
            ws.Range("AE:AE").EntireColumn.Hidden = False
            
            gblCheckBoxCalledFromCode = True
            wb.Worksheets(ws.Name).chkShowJobId.value = True
            gblCheckBoxCalledFromCode = True
            wb.Worksheets(ws.Name).chkShowCostCenter.value = True
            gblCheckBoxCalledFromCode = True
            wb.Worksheets(ws.Name).chkShowCostType.value = True
            gblCheckBoxCalledFromCode = True
            wb.Worksheets(ws.Name).chkShowDoubleTime.value = True
            gblCheckBoxCalledFromCode = True
            wb.Worksheets(ws.Name).chkShowWorkOrder.value = True
            gblCheckBoxCalledFromCode = True
            wb.Worksheets(ws.Name).chkShowLocation.value = True
            ws.PageSetup.PaperSize = xlPaperLegal
            ws.PageSetup.BlackAndWhite = True
            ws.Protect
            ws.PrintOut
        End If
    Next
    
PROC_EXIT:
    Application.EnableEvents = True
    Exit Sub
    
PROC_ERR:
    MsgBox Err.Number & vbTab & Err.Description, vbCritical, "Sheet1.cmdPrintCompletedTimesheets_Click"
    Resume PROC_EXIT
    
End Sub

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Juan Velasquez

8/22/2022 - Mon
gowflow

Well when you use:
Application.Dialogs(xlDialogPrinterSetup).Show

it will open the dialog box with all the printers and you have a button there Setup to choose for a specific printer what you want in term of paper etc... if you click on any printer it become the Activeprinter

so that this instruction:
Application.ActivePrinter

After the previous one will return the printer you have selected. and this instruction:

ws.PrintOut will execute on the Activeprinter.

gowflow
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Juan Velasquez

Hello gowflow,

I've reran the previous code and now it is working.  Go figure.
gowflow

ahhaaha one of those ... GOD KNOWS WHY !!! maybe when you first ran it it was selecting an other printer and somehow you did not notice so now maybe you paid attention and pressed on Setup that recorded the change ???

You know better.
gowflow
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Juan Velasquez

Thank, that was a good catch.