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    Help with Macro (Windows XP Home SP2)

    I'm not well-versed in writing macros, but know what they can do. What I need to do is create a desktop icon that will take a user into the printer properties on a given printer, to the place where they input their user code, then they would click okay or done to get out of there, and be able to print documents from that work station. And another one that will go in and remove their code.

    There are several computers in a lan, and 2 or 3 printers. The new printer at the office has this laborious way to go in and input the user code, and most of the users have no computer savvy and are frustrated.

    Can someone point me in the right direction either with a website I can get a simple tutorial from or something?

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    Re: Help with Macro (Windows XP Home SP2)

    If you asking about Office applications, please place your question to the Office forum.

    Open your application (Word, Excel, etc) and from Tools menu select Customize. When Customize dialog appears, click Commands tab. Then drag off the toolbar "Print" icon and drop (delete) it. On Customize dialog select "File" under Categories and navigate to "Print..." (not "Print" ! ) on the Command list. Drag the "Print..." icon and place it on the toolbar where "Print" icon was. Close Customize dialog.

    The difference between "Print..." and "Print" icons is that "Print..." opens Print dialog (the same as Ctrl - P), when "Print" sends the document to the default printer.


    On the other applications (Internet Explorer, Notepad, Adobe Reader and so on) teach your users to use CTRL - P shortcut and choose printers instead of clicking on Print icon!

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    Re: Help with Macro (Windows XP Home SP2)

    Thanks Kap I'll give it a shot.

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    Re: Help with Macro (Windows XP Home SP2)

    I tried this, and it's not really what I'm looking for. It's not an 'office-specific' thing.

    I want to set the macro up to run from the Windows desktop, by double-clicking an icon, to get a user through several steps and arrive at the point where, in the printer properties of a particular printer, they can enter there user code so they can print documents from that computer. Once the code is entered, they can run whatever program they want to, and what they send to the printer would actually print.

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    Re: Help with Macro (Windows XP Home SP2)

    What you call "the macro to run from the Windows desktop" usually called "VisualBasic Script file" or Script (VBS file). You can create such file to install, configure and manage printers (including set as default printer) using prnadmin.dll from Server 2003 Resource Kit. See prnadmin.doc from this kit for more information. In vbs file you can also create a dialog to prompt users insert their code to access the network printer.

    Unfortunately, prnadmin.dll file, despite it designed to work in Windows XP environment, is not included in Windows XP installation.

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    Re: Help with Macro (Windows XP Home SP2)

    I think that's a little over my head. Back in an early version of Windows, there was a macro recorder, may have been called batch file recorder, that worked nicely ... I gotta study up on this a bit.

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    Re: Help with Macro (Windows XP Home SP2)

    Sorry Jake, there's nothing included in Windows. That recorder you're remembering goes back quite a ways. Anyway, here's a <img src=/S/free.gif border=0 alt=free width=30 height=15>bie recommended in Alan Miller's <post:=551,557>post 551,557</post:> but I haven't tried it out yet. On the other hand, I've recommended (and presently use) this software several times here in The Lounge: QuicKeys Keyboard Shortcut, Scripting & Automation Software

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    Re: Help with Macro (Windows XP Home SP2)

    Thanks - I'll give it a shot.

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