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Hi All,

What i am trying to accomplish is have a gui so a user can browse to a directoy with pdf files in it and print (send files to HP printer) the files in the exact order as they are seen within that directory.

Im having trouble finding a way to send the files to the printer that the user selects.

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antmar904, look at _FileListToArray to list your files. As far as printing, have you tried a forum search? I see over 1000 topics on the subject of printing out there. If you're running into issues trying to print, then please post your script so we can help.

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This is what i have so far

#include <ButtonConstants.au3>
#include <EditConstants.au3>
#include <GUIConstantsEx.au3>
#include <GUIListBox.au3>
#include <WindowsConstants.au3>
#include <Array.au3>
#include <File.au3>

$Form1 = GUICreate("Print Dir", 522, 268, 500, 357)
$btnCancel = GUICtrlCreateButton("Cancel", 408, 216, 75, 25)
$btnPrint = GUICtrlCreateButton("Print", 408, 184, 75, 25)
$List1 = GUICtrlCreateList("", 32, 48, 337, 188)
;$List1 = GUICtrlCreateCombo("", 32, 48, 337, 188)
$btnBrowse = GUICtrlCreateButton("Browse", 296, 16, 75, 25)
$folder = GUICtrlCreateInput("", 32, 16, 257, 25)
GUISetState(@SW_SHOW)

Local $settings, $selectedfolder, $aFileList

While 1
    $nMsg = GUIGetMsg()
    Switch $nMsg
        Case $btnBrowse
            $selectedfolder = FileSelectFolder ("Select Directory", "C:")
                GUICtrlSetData ( $folder, $selectedfolder)
                $aFileList = _FileListToArray ( $selectedfolder, "*", $FLTA_FILES)
                ;_ArrayDisplay ( $aFileList)
            For $i = 1 To $aFileList[0]
                GUICtrlSetData ( $List1, $aFileList[$i])
            Next
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
            ExitLoop
    EndSwitch
WEnd

However,

When i browser to different directories it keeps the files in the last directory in the list and does not clear them everytime i select another folder.

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Hi, this is what you want to do?

While 1
    $nMsg = GUIGetMsg()
    Switch $nMsg
        Case $btnBrowse
            $selectedfolder = FileSelectFolder("Select Directory", "C:")
            GUICtrlSetData($folder, $selectedfolder)
            $aFileList = _FileListToArray($selectedfolder, "*", 1)
;~          _ArrayDisplay ( $aFileList)

            GUICtrlSetData($List1, "")
            If IsArray($aFileList) Then
                For $i = 1 To $aFileList[0]
                    GUICtrlSetData($List1, $aFileList[$i])
                Next
            EndIf
        Case $GUI_EVENT_CLOSE
            ExitLoop
    EndSwitch
WEnd
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As JLogan3o13 said, there are a lot of topics about printing a pdf file.

For my need, I use Sumatra PDF to print PDF files from my AutoIt scripts. It is a small PDF reader, doesn't need to be installed (standalone exe) and as some command line options to print files.

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@jguinch

Im having issue's with the syntax and sumatra.

This is not working:

Case $btnPrint
            If IsArray ( $aFileList) Then
                For $i = 1 To $aFileList[0]
                    Run ( @ScriptDir & '\SumatraPDF.exe" -print-to-default' & $aFileList[$i])
                Next
            EndIf
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Case $btnPrint
            If IsArray ( $aFileList) Then
                For $i = 1 To $aFileList[0]
                    Run ( @ScriptDir & '\SumatraPDF.exe -print-to-default $selectedfolder & \$aFileList[$i]')
                Next
            EndIf

But i get an error from SumatraPDF.exe "Cannot print this file".

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Did something change in the 15 minutes between posts? Because you already said that earlier. Don't bump your thread for at least 24 hours, just because it's important to you doesn't mean anyone else thinks it's that important.

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Try this:
 

Run ( @ScriptDir & '\SumatraPDF.exe -print-to-default ' & $selectedfolder & '\' & $aFileList[$i])

or
 

Run ( @ScriptDir & '\SumatraPDF.exe -print-to-default "' & $selectedfolder & '\' & $aFileList[$i] & '"')

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Did something change in the 15 minutes between posts?

 

here is change which OP made:

Run ( @ScriptDir & '\SumatraPDF.exe" -print-to-default' & $aFileList[$i])
Run ( @ScriptDir & '\SumatraPDF.exe -print-to-default $selectedfolder & \$aFileList[$i]')

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That's what the edit button is for.

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I suggest you to do test like this:

Case $btnPrint
            If IsArray ( $aFileList) Then
                Local $sRunCommand = ''
                For $i = 1 To $aFileList[0]
                    $sRunCommand = '@ScriptDir & '\SumatraPDF.exe -print-to-default $selectedfolder & \$aFileList[$i]''
                    Run ( $sRunCommand )
                    ClipPut($sRunCommand)
                    MsgBox(0, 'Test', $sRunCommand)
                Next
            EndIf

and now just check normaly in CMD (just run console in your Windows and now you can paste $sRunCommand contents to the console window each time you do a test, and watch what goes wrong.

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Did something change in the 15 minutes between posts? Because you already said that earlier. Don't bump your thread for at least 24 hours, just because it's important to you doesn't mean anyone else thinks it's that important.

Yes the syntax in the code changed.

I will use the "edit" button next time.

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Try this:

 

Run ( @ScriptDir & '\SumatraPDF.exe -print-to-default ' & $selectedfolder & '\' & $aFileList[$i])

or

 

Run ( @ScriptDir & '\SumatraPDF.exe -print-to-default "' & $selectedfolder & '\' & $aFileList[$i] & '"')

Thank mLipok

This worked:

Case $btnPrint
            If IsArray ( $aFileList) Then
                For $i = 1 To $aFileList[0]
                    Run ( @ScriptDir & '\SumatraPDF.exe -print-to-default "' & $selectedfolder & '\' & $aFileList[$i] & '"')
                Next
            EndIf

Is there not a way to send any file type to a printer using just Autoit?

Using SamtraPDF is nice however i will be printing other file types than just pdf's.

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ShellExecute($sFile, '', '', 'print')

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