How to get Printer Info in .NET?


Question

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?

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46
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())
{
    try
    {
        foreach (ManagementObject printer in coll)
        {
            foreach (PropertyData property in printer.Properties)
            {
                Console.WriteLine(string.Format("{0}: {1}", property.Name, property.Value));
            }
        }
    }
    catch (ManagementException ex)
    {
        Console.WriteLine(ex.Message);
    }
}
71
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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