Microsoft KB Archive/168896

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Article ID: 168896

Article Last Modified on 10/11/2006


  • Microsoft PowerPoint 95 Standard Edition

This article was previously published under Q168896


When you print programmatically with the Microsoft PowerPoint 95 object model, you may receive the following error message:

Run-Time error '438':
Object doesn't support this property or method

This problem occurs if the print command is issued directly from the PrintOptions class. For example:


This problem does not occur in Microsoft PowerPoint 97.


Microsoft provides programming examples for illustration only, without warranty either expressed or implied. This includes, but is not limited to, the implied warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose. This article assumes that you are familiar with the programming language that is being demonstrated and with the tools that are used to create and to debug procedures. Microsoft support engineers can help explain the functionality of a particular procedure, but they will not modify these examples to provide added functionality or construct procedures to meet your specific requirements. To work around this problem place the print command inside of a With statement.

NOTE: The following code sample does not include any error trapping and assumes the following conditions are true:

  • Microsoft PowerPoint 95 is running.
  • The presentation you want to print is open.

Sample Visual Basic Procedure

   Sub WithPrint()
      Dim ppt As PowerPoint.Application
      ' Get an object reference to PowerPoint.
      Set ppt = GetObject(, "PowerPoint.Application.7")
      ' Print the active presentation.
      With ppt.ActivePresentation.PrintOptions
      End With
   End Sub


Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article. This problem was corrected in Microsoft PowerPoint 97.

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