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Excel 2013 macro to target specific printer

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I need to create a macro to print the active sheet in Excel to a specific printer. I used to be able to do this by recording a macro in earlier versions of Excel, but the macro that gets generated only goes to the active printer, not the specific printer selected in the macro recording process in Excel 2013.

I cane up with this code to note the current active printer, switch to my target printer, print the sheet then reset the active printer:

Sub PrintToPDF()
Dim UsualPrinter As String
UsualPrinter = Application.ActivePrinter
Application.ActivePrinter = "CutePDF Writer"
ActiveSheet.PrintOut
Application.ActivePrinter = UsualPrinter
End Sub


The VB code fails with:

Run-time error 1004
Method 'ActivePrinter' of object '_Application' failed.

The debugger opens up with the 4th line highlighted in yellow, i.e.:

Application.ActivePrinter = "CutePDF Writer"

The name of the printer is correct.
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Wayne Taylor (webtubbs) earned 500 total points
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The name needs to include the port the printer is installed on.

Application.ActivePrinter = "CutePDF Writer on Ne00:"

Wayne
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by:snooflehammer
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Thank you.
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