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ActivePrinter property in Word sets system default printer

Article ID: 216026

Article Last Modified on 5/11/2007


  • Microsoft Office Professional 2007
  • Microsoft Office Professional Edition 2003
  • Microsoft Office XP Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Office 2000 Developer Edition
  • Microsoft Word 97 Standard Edition

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When you use the ActivePrinter property in Microsoft Office Word to set the current printer, you also set the printer you select to be the default printer for the system. If you do not want to change the setting for the default system printer, do not use the ActivePrinter property.


To select a new printer without having Word change the default system printer, use the WordBasic FilePrintSetup method with the DoNotSetAsSysDefault flag set to True. For example, instead of using the following code:

   Set oWord = CreateObject("Word.Application")
   oWord.ActivePrinter = "HP LaserJet 4 on LPT2"

Use the following code.

   Set oWord = CreateObject("Word.Application")
   oWord.WordBasic.FilePrintSetup Printer:="HP LaserJet 4 on LPT2", _


For more information about the ActivePrinter property, click the following article numbers to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:

162239 Sample code to retrieve the name of the active printer

177275 How to create a macro to change printer or fax driver

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