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theaminator

I'm trying to print several files, some .docx, .xlsx, .pdf. The pdf's are KILLING me! I'm using

ShellExecuteWait($file1,"","","print")

This prints the pdf just fine. But, Adobe Acrobat Reader hangs open. The file closes; but the program doesn't. I tried adding a

ProcessClose ("AcroRd32.exe")

But, it won't move to this line, as it is still 'waiting' per the ShellExecuteWait command.

Also tried

ShellExecute($file1,"","","print")

ProcessClose ("AcroRd32.exe")

But, the ProcessClose takes over before the ShellExecute can perform the print task.

Please help!

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Clark

Just an idea, I was wondering if you used ShellExecuteWait to open the document, then send the keys to print the document, then used the ProcessClose, whether that might work.

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theaminator

How would I send the keys?

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Melba23

theaminator,

How would I send the keys?

Perhaps open the Help file and look at Send? :graduated:

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theaminator

I wouldn't have asked if I hadn't already spent HOURS combing through help. What I didn't understand is what key I was supposed to be sending to close the app window.

In the end, I found an answer on another site. There's a bug in Adobe Reader that prevents closing the program. There were different recommendations out there for using DDE. But, as I am not developing robust code, just providing a means for my receptionist to print a packet of files, I chose to use the brute force route, by pausing the method between printing and closing the program.

ShellExecute($file1,"","","print")

Sleep(5000)

ProcessClose ("AcroRd32.exe")

That did it.

But, for others with this same problem, know that there are other, better answers out there.

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ReFran

"But, for others with this same problem, know that there are other, better answers out there"

Mmmh,

you can find all answers along with scipts also here:

best regards, Reinhard

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