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  • Is the printer on-line and ready?

    I'm writing a program that produces some heavy-duty print-out's.

    Currently, to save paper and print media, I am printing to CutePDF and bringing up the .PDF file to check output.

    However, sometimes, I miss my mark and try to print to a physical printer when it's turned off. Not what I'm expecting.

    Is there a generic way of checking a printers status as to whether it's on-line and paper ready, or is this question printer specific?
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    OpenPrinter
    GetPrinter
    Query status member of PRINTER_INFO_2

    Yes, your demo in Source Code Forum of same will be appreciated.
    Michael Mattias
    Tal Systems (retired)
    Port Washington WI USA
    [email protected]
    http://www.talsystems.com

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      FWIW, this source code posting....

      http://www.powerbasic.com/support/pb...ad.php?t=23602

      .. has all the literals typed for you if you want to make a demo function which looks something like...

      Code:
      FUNCTION getPRinterStatus (PrinterName AS STRING) AS STRING
      
      END FUNCTION
      
      ...
         PrinterName = (Get a printername, using PrintDLG() or PRINTER$)
         MSGBOX GetPrinterStatus (Printername)
      Michael Mattias
      Tal Systems (retired)
      Port Washington WI USA
      [email protected]
      http://www.talsystems.com

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