Schedule a Recurring Print Job of a Particular PDF file

We have a large format printer that is used infrequently. The heads dry up and are very expensive to replace. The service tech suggested printing a job that uses all heads on a regular basis. I am wondering if there is a way to automate the printing of a PDF file stored on a Windows workstation?
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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
automate the printing of a PDF file stored on a Windows workstation
Schedule a job to print the PDF file as frequently as you want (hourly, daily, weekly, monthly, whatever) using the Task Scheduler. If you're not familiar with Task Scheduler, this 5-minute EE video Micro Tutorial will get you started:
How to use the Windows Task Scheduler - An Introduction

You'll need to use software that has a command line interface for printing. For example, something like this will do it with Adobe Reader DC:

"c:\Program Files (x86)\Adobe\Acrobat Reader DC\Reader\AcroRd32.exe" /n /s /o /h /t "c:\temp\name of file.pdf" "name of printer as shown in Devices and Printers"

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Lots of other software can do it. Just put a call like that in the Action>Program/script field of the Task Scheduler job (or put it in a batch file, if you prefer, and put the batch file call in the Program/script field). Regards, Joe

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Joe Winograd, Fellow&MVEDeveloperCommented:
The question is how to automate the printing of a PDF file stored on a Windows workstation. The answer is to use software that has a command line interface for printing, such as, Adobe Reader DC, and schedule the printing job via the Task Scheduler. This is explained in comment #a42526963.
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