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PrinterSettings.PrinterName Property

Gets or sets the name of the printer to use.

Namespace:  System.Drawing.Printing
Assembly:  System.Drawing (in System.Drawing.dll)

public string PrinterName { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.String
The name of the printer to use.

After setting the printer name, call IsValid to determine if the printer name is recognized as a valid printer on the system.

You can also use the InstalledPrinters property to get a list of printers installed on the system.

The following code example specifies the target printer by setting the PrinterName property, and if the IsValid is true, prints the document on the specified printer. The example has three prerequisites:

  • A variable named filePath has been set to the path of the file to print.

  • A method named pd_PrintPage, which handles the PrintPage event, has been defined.

  • A variable named printer has been set to the printer's name.

Use the System.Drawing, System.Drawing.Printing, and System.IO namespaces for this example.


public void Printing(string printer) {
  try {
    streamToPrint = new StreamReader (filePath);
    try {
      printFont = new Font("Arial", 10);
      PrintDocument pd = new PrintDocument(); 
      pd.PrintPage += new PrintPageEventHandler(pd_PrintPage);
      // Specify the printer to use.
      pd.PrinterSettings.PrinterName = printer;

      if (pd.PrinterSettings.IsValid) {
         pd.Print();
      } 
      else {	
         MessageBox.Show("Printer is invalid.");
      }
    } 
    finally {
      streamToPrint.Close();
    }
  } 
  catch(Exception ex) {
    MessageBox.Show(ex.Message);
  }
}



.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows XP SP2 x64 Edition, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

The .NET Framework does not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

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