Microsoft KB Archive/107621
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 String,_ 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
Version : 5.00
Platform : WINDOWS
Issue type :
Technology : kbvcSearch
Last Reviewed: July 9, 1999