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    Print Job Scheduling

    I need to print several hundreds of pages on a network printer where, except for sending the job to it, I have no control of its properties, etc. I want to be able to place the print job on the que like at 10:00 AM but postpone the actual printing until say 4:45 PM, when most employees have left. Is this possible? What do I have to do? Thanks in advance for any assistance!

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    Re: Print Job Scheduling

    I just tried this from Windows XP professional logged in with Administrator privileges, so can't be sure it will work in your environment...

    I disconnected from the network whilst submitting a print job.
    Start >Printers and Faxes > Open the printer
    Right click the document and select properties
    At the bottom of the General tab there is a schedule area where you can set the time that this job will print
    Reconnect to the network

    I don't know a way of setting this whilst printing the job, and I don't know if the same feature is available on Windows 2000.

    StuartR

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    Re: Print Job Scheduling

    A couple of thoughts:

    #1: If the document is an office document such as Word or Excel, create a macro to print it at the required time.

    #2: Print it to file (see below) then run a scheduled batch file to send it to the printer.
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    Re: Print Job Scheduling

    Thanks, StuartR! I will use your suggestion on an XP machine I have. Couldn't make it work with Win2K, though. Appreciate your usual help.

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    Re: Print Job Scheduling

    Thanks, Leif! I haven't tried your solution yet since I don't know how to construct the batch file. Have no problem with scheduling a batch file to run, though. Any further help is appreciated.

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    Re: Print Job Scheduling

    To create a batch file, open up Notepad, create the command line, then save as (e.g.) printme.bat
    (You will need to select "All files" in the file type field to prevent it from defaulting to having a .txt extension.)

    As far as the batch file itself goes, I believe the command you want is
    <code>copy /b filename.prn prn</code>
    where filename.prn is the name of the file you have created.

    I haven't had a chance to test this myself, but I think that will only print to a locally attached printer. Perhaps someone else can jump in with help on directing the file to a networked printer. Alternatively, you may find the free PrintFile program will give you what you need.

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    Re: Print Job Scheduling

    The PrintFile program did the trick. Thanks, Leif!

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