Change Printer Action Icon

Change Printer

Declaration

<AMCHANGEPRINTER PRINTER="text" />

See Also

Display | Empty Recycle Bin | End Process | Get Process Information | Get Volume Information | Log Event | Print | Registry | Run | Set Date and Time

Change Printer Action Icon

Printer - Change Printer

Declaration

<AMCHANGEPRINTER PRINTER="text" />

See Also

Display | Empty Recycle Bin | End Process | Get Process Information | Get Volume Information | Log Event | Print | Registry | Run | Set Date and Time

Description

Changes the default printer. Be aware that some applications check for the default printer on start up, so simply using this action may not change the default printer for applications that are already running. In this case you may need to restart the application.

Practical Usage

Used to change the default printer before printing a document. To insure reliable operation this action should be used before the application that will be used to print is started. To do this use the Run action. This is because many applications only check for the default printer on startup - so changing the default Windows printer while the application is running could have no effect.

Parameters

General Properties

Property

Type

Req'd

Default

Markup

Description

Printer

Text

Yes

(Empty)

PRINTER="HP LaserJet 6000"

The name of the printer device that should become the new default printer. The printer must exist on the target system at runtime.

Description Properties

The Description tab allows you to customize the text description of any step as it appears in the Task Builder's Steps Pane.

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Error Causes Properties

The Error Causes tab properties lets you instruct a task step to react only to specific errors or ignore certain errors that should cause it to fail.

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On Error Properties

The On Error tab properties lets you determine what the task should do if a particular step encounters an error as defined in the Error Causes properties.

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Additional Notes

Expressions, Variables & Functions

A percent sign is used as a special character in AutoMate to indicate the beginning and end of an expression. This allows variables, functions and other expressions to be entered in any text parameter of a task's properties. For example: %1+1% inside a task will resolve to 2 at runtime. A more elaborate example is %FileDateTime(myFile)% which results to the date/time of myFile. To help construct expressions, you can open Expression Builder by clicking the Insert Expression (%) button or by pressing F2.

More on expressions

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Example

NOTE: The code below can be copied and pasted directly into the Steps pane of the Task Builder.

 

Description: Change the default printer to: "Epson Stylus".  

 

<AMCHANGEPRINTER PRINTER="Epson Stylus" />

 

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