How to get Printer Info in .NET?


In the standard PrintDialog there are four values associated with a selected printer: Status, Type, Where, and Comment.

If I know a printer's name, how can I get these values in C# 2.0?

7/28/2010 3:02:38 PM

Accepted Answer

As dowski suggested, you could use WMI to get printer properties. The following code displays all properties for a given printer name. Among them you will find: PrinterStatus, Comment, Location, DriverName, PortName, etc.

using System.Management;


string printerName = "YourPrinterName";
string query = string.Format("SELECT * from Win32_Printer WHERE Name LIKE '%{0}'", printerName);

using (ManagementObjectSearcher searcher = new ManagementObjectSearcher(query))
using (ManagementObjectCollection coll = searcher.Get())
        foreach (ManagementObject printer in coll)
            foreach (PropertyData property in printer.Properties)
                Console.WriteLine(string.Format("{0}: {1}", property.Name, property.Value));
    catch (ManagementException ex)
5/23/2017 12:02:51 PM

This should work.

using System.Drawing.Printing;


PrinterSettings ps = new PrinterSettings();
ps.PrinterName = "The printer name"; // Load the appropriate printer's setting

After that, the various properties of PrinterSettings can be read.

Note that ps.isValid() can see if the printer actually exists.

Edit: One additional comment. Microsoft recommends you use a PrintDocument and modify its PrinterSettings rather than creating a PrinterSettings directly.

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