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First let me start by saying thank you to everyone on these forums as I would not have been able to make it this far without your help. My script heavily borrows from scripts already posted on here. My script stores a file name and a printer name in a 2d array from an excel sheet. It then iterates through the array sending each file to its corresponding printer using DDE printing.

Here's my code:

#include <Excel.au3>

#include <Array.au3>

#include <DDEML.au3>

#include <DDEMLClient.au3>

;Open excel sheet and store printer names + file names in array

$fVisible = 0

$sFilePath = "C:\Documents and Settings\afowler2\Desktop\Final_flowsheet_SI_2.xls"

Local $oExcel = _ExcelBookOpen($sFilePath , $fVisible, True)

If @error = 1 Then

MsgBox(0, "Error!", "Unable to Create the Excel Object")


ElseIf @error = 2 Then

MsgBox(0, "Error!", "File does not exit!")



$iStartRow = 1

$ColCnt = 2

Local $aArray = _ExcelReadSheetToArray($oExcel, $iStartRow,1,0,$ColCnt)

;Iterate through the array and send off flowsheets

Local $filename = ""

Local $printer = ""

For $r = 1 To UBound($aArray,1) -1

$filename = "C:\flowsheets\" & "V6 - " & $aArray[$r][1]&".pdf"

;MsgBox(0,"my files",$filename)

$printer = $aArray[$r][2]

;Print using DDE

ShellExecute("AcroRD32.exe", "/h")

Opt("WinTitleMatchMode", 2)



$szService = "acroviewR10"

$szTopic = "Control"

$szCommand = '[FilePrintTo("'&$filename&'","'&$printer&'")][AppExit()]'

_DDEMLCLient_Execute($szService, $szTopic, $szCommand)




The problem is sometimes Adobe hangs up while opening a file and I have to close it by click "end now" before the script will continue on. Also I would prefer to use the DDE command "FilePrintSilent" but I do not know of a way to specify a printer with this command. I would like to create an error log as well to show which prints went through and which didn't.

Any help is much appreciated.

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For anyone who's interested after lots of searching the answer in short is no. You cannot use FilePrintSilent and specify a printer. Does anyone know a way to track DDE printing progress and if it was successful or not?

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