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Hi everyone,

I have kind of an odd question. What I'm trying to do is have a program run when I want to print something.

A little background on my situation is, I'm sharing a little thermal label printer. I want to be able to print labels from other computers. But when I do this, the labels just fly out of the printer and get tangled in a mess. Ideally what I want to happen is when I press print, the document is sent to the computer that is sharing the printer, but doesn't print it. Someone has to physically walk over to the computer and press like a confirmation button to print the labels. The point in doing this is to be able to print from a computer, walk to the computer with the printer installed on it, setup the label winder, confirm the print job, and then the labels print. Kind of like instead of just printing the labels, que them untill everything is ready.

If anyone has any ideas I would appreciate any help

Aug 14 '08 #1
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In the good olde days when printers were directly attached to computers you could get a program to talk and directly control a printer. Now, with network printers, these devices are standalone and are designed to work without interruption. Also, on the computer side a special program called a print spooler, collects the information and manages multiple tasks going to the printer at the same time. This is designed to allow multiple tasks from multiple computers to be processed correctly.

You can trick the printer by specifying the tray and first making sure the tray is empty. This stops the print job and usually the printer, until the tray is filled. This would at least allow the user to set up the tray and get the job going. It won't solve the multiple access problem, though.
Aug 14 '08 #2

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