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The code below does not give a choice to add printer or map it.
Any suggestions?
 Private Sub PrintExcel()
        Dim PrintDialog1 As New PrintDialog()
        Dim clsFrmain As New ClsFrmMainLoad
        Dim result As DialogResult = PrintDialog1.ShowDialog()
        If (result = DialogResult.OK) Then
            Dim strFile As String = StrExcelLocation
            Dim objProcess As New System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo
            Dim strPrnterName As String = StrPrinterName
            With objProcess
                strFile = clsFrmain.ReturnPrintFilePath()
                .FileName = strFile
                .WindowStyle = ProcessWindowStyle.Hidden
                .Verb = "printTo"
                .Arguments = PrintDialog1.PrinterSettings.PrinterName
                .CreateNoWindow = True
                .UseShellExecute = True
            End With
            Try
                System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(objProcess)
            Catch ex As Exception
                MessageBox.Show(ex.Message)
            End Try
        End If
    End Sub

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by:SStory
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Something like this???

Dim settings = PrintDialog1.PrinterSettings
Then manipulate settings class??

The info on that class is here:
https://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/system.drawing.printing.printersettings.aspx

If not, what do you mean by "map printer"?
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by:Éric Moreau
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The PrintDialog is a very generic dialog (the same used by Windows) and has no option to allow the user to map a new printer.

You can surely use the Process component to allow the user to open the Devices and Printers by sending this command:
explorer shell:::{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}

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by:RIAS
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how to embed in the code
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use this:
    Private Sub Button1_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
        Process.Start("explorer.exe", "shell:::{A8A91A66-3A7D-4424-8D24-04E180695C7A}")
    End Sub

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by:RIAS
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Eric, It did not bring the dialog box
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by:Éric Moreau
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that last process.start should show the "Devices and Printers" dialog from which you can add a printer. Don't you see it?
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by:RIAS
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Éric Moreau,
Thanks it did open the dialog but how do I  code to have  the printer selected  ?

[code]Private Sub PrintExcel()
        Dim PrintDialog1 As New PrintDialog()
        Dim clsFrmain As New ClsFrmMainLoad
        Dim result As DialogResult = PrintDialog1.ShowDialog()
        If (result = DialogResult.OK) Then
            Dim strFile As String = StrExcelLocation
            Dim objProcess As New System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo
            Dim strPrnterName As String = StrPrinterName
            With objProcess
                strFile = clsFrmain.ReturnPrintFilePath()
                .FileName = strFile
                .WindowStyle = ProcessWindowStyle.Hidden
                .Verb = "printTo"
                .Arguments = PrintDialog1.PrinterSettings.PrinterName
                .CreateNoWindow = True
                .UseShellExecute = True
            End With
            Try
                System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(objProcess)
            Catch ex As Exception
                MessageBox.Show(ex.Message)
            End Try
        End If
    End Sub[/code]
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by:RIAS
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Private Sub PrintExcel()
        Dim PrintDialog1 As New PrintDialog()
        Dim clsFrmain As New ClsFrmMainLoad
        Dim result As DialogResult = PrintDialog1.ShowDialog()
        If (result = DialogResult.OK) Then
            Dim strFile As String = StrExcelLocation
            Dim objProcess As New System.Diagnostics.ProcessStartInfo
            Dim strPrnterName As String = StrPrinterName
            With objProcess
                strFile = clsFrmain.ReturnPrintFilePath()
                .FileName = strFile
                .WindowStyle = ProcessWindowStyle.Hidden
                .Verb = "printTo"
                .Arguments = PrintDialog1.PrinterSettings.PrinterName
                .CreateNoWindow = True
                .UseShellExecute = True
            End With
            Try
                System.Diagnostics.Process.Start(objProcess)
            Catch ex As Exception
                MessageBox.Show(ex.Message)
            End Try
        End If
    End Sub

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by:Éric Moreau
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those are 2 very different dialogs that are offering very different features. One is to add/remove printers and set default while the second dialog is to pick a printer. Microsoft did not create a single dialog combining both. Unless you set a default printer in the Devices and Printers dialog, there is no way to retrieve the selected item.
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by:SStory
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Apart from creating your own dialog, I am not sure.  Printer information for the current user is in the registry key:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Printers

Default printer:
HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Windows

Per this:
https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/kb/102966

It would probably take some work to do. If I did it I'd model it as closely to the expected dialog as possible to avoid inconsistent behavior for the user.
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by:RIAS
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Thanks.
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