Updating Printer Properties RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hello.

    I am writing a program that allows the IT team to update various properties for users in AD and printers from the print server. 

    Everything else is working, apart from updating some printer properties. I can read in all of the printers that are on the server into a ListView control. But I'm not sure how to go about updating some of the properties for a selected printer.

    How can I update the Location, Description and Comments of the printer? All of the IT team (including myself) have full admin access to the Print Server. I have three text boxes, one for Location (txtLocation), one for Description (txtDescription) and one for Comments (txtComments).

    Any help would be greatly appreciated.


    Tuesday, May 9, 2017 5:03 PM

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  • Properties are changed with SetPrinter()

    (PRINTER_INFO_2 structure for example)

    (tested on a local printer on Windows 10)

    <DllImport("winspool.drv", EntryPoint:="SetPrinterW", SetLastError:=True, CharSet:=CharSet.Ansi, ExactSpelling:=True, CallingConvention:=CallingConvention.StdCall)>
        Private Shared Function SetPrinter(ByVal hPrinter As IntPtr, ByVal Level As Integer, ByVal pPrinter As IntPtr, ByVal Command As Integer) As Boolean
        End Function

    Tuesday, May 9, 2017 8:19 PM
  • Hi WHoAI99,

    According to your description, you want to update printer properties, please refer to the code below.

        Imports System.Drawing.Printing
        Imports PrinterSettingsCLI
        Public Class Form1
            Dim defprintername As String
            Private Sub Form1_Load(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
                Dim allPrinters As System.Drawing.Printing.PrinterSettings.StringCollection = System.Drawing.Printing.PrinterSettings.InstalledPrinters
                For Each eachprinterName As String In allPrinters
                    Dim eachprintersetting As Printing.PrinterSettings = New Printing.PrinterSettings()
                    eachprintersetting.PrinterName = eachprinterName
                    If eachprintersetting.IsDefaultPrinter Then
                        defprintername = eachprinterName
                        TextBox1.Text = defprintername
                        If eachprintersetting.DefaultPageSettings.Landscape Then
                            RadioLandscape.Checked = True
                            RadioPortrait.Checked = True
                        End If
                    End If
            End Sub
            Private Sub Button1_Click(sender As System.Object, e As System.EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click
                Dim cliprintersettings As PrinterSettingsCLI.PrinterSettings = New PrinterSettingsCLI.PrinterSettings(TextBox1.Text) 'You can pass any other printer name if you want to 
                Dim retval As Boolean = cliprintersettings.Open()
                Dim orientation As PrinterSettingsCLI.Orientation = orientation.Portrait
                If (retval = True) Then
                    If RadioLandscape.Checked Then
                        orientation = orientation.Landscape
                        orientation = orientation.Portrait
                    End If
                    retval = cliprintersettings.SetOrientation(orientation)
                End If
                If (retval = True) Then
                    If orientation = orientation.Portrait Then
                        RadioPortrait.Checked = True
                        RadioLandscape.Checked = True
                    End If
                    MsgBox("UnSuccessful, may be orientation setting is not supported for this printer")
                End If
                retval = cliprintersettings.Close()
                cliprintersettings = Nothing
            End Sub
        End Class

    More detailed info, please refer to:

    Hope it is helpful to you.

    Best Regards,

    Cherry Bu

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    Wednesday, May 10, 2017 7:58 AM