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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 */
public String get_PrinterName ()

/** @property */
public void set_PrinterName (String value)

public function get PrinterName () : String

public function set PrinterName (value : String)

Not applicable.

Property Value

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);
  }
}


public void Printing(String printer)
{
    try {
        streamToPrint = new StreamReader(filePath);
        try {
            printFont = new Font("Arial", 10);
            PrintDocument pd = new PrintDocument();
            pd.add_PrintPage(new PrintPageEventHandler(pd_PrintPage));

            // Specify the printer to use.
            pd.get_PrinterSettings().set_PrinterName(printer);
            if (pd.get_PrinterSettings().get_IsValid()) {
                pd.Print();
            }
            else {
                MessageBox.Show("Printer is invalid.");
            }
        }
        finally {
            streamToPrint.Close();
        }
    }
    catch (System.Exception ex) {
        MessageBox.Show(ex.get_Message());
    }
} //Printing

Windows 98, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows Server 2003, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Starter Edition

The Microsoft .NET Framework 3.0 is supported on Windows Vista, Microsoft Windows XP SP2, and Windows Server 2003 SP1.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0

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