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XL5: Finding Default Printer and Port Settings

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Excel for Windows, version 5.0


Microsoft Excel version 5.0, does not have the built-in functionality to directly recognize default printer and port settings. To return this printer information, use the Microsoft Windows Dynamic Link Libraries (DLLs) to read the DEVICE line of the [WINDOWS] section of the WIN.INI file.


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The following macro will return the default printer type and port.

'Enter the following Declare Function as a single line

Declare Function GetProfileString Lib "KERNEL" (ByVal lpAppName As
 ByVal lpKeyName As String, ByVal lpDefault As String,_
 ByVal lpReturnedString As String, ByVal nSize As Integer) As Integer

Sub Default_Printer_Port()

Dim Result As String * 255
Dim Printer As String
Dim Port As String

   'Gets info from win.ini

    Call GetProfileString("Windows","Device","",result,254)

   'Gets first part of device line

    Printer = Left(result,InStr(result, ",")-1)

   'Gets last part of device line

    Port = Mid(result, InStr(InStr(result, ",") +1, result, ",") +1)

   'Displays Printer and port in successive message boxes

    MsgBox "The current default printer is " & Printer
    MsgBox "The current default port is " & Port

End Sub 

Additional query words: call register

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Version : 5.00
Platform : WINDOWS
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Technology : kbvcSearch

Last Reviewed: July 9, 1999
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