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The OpenPrinter function retrieves a handle to the specified printer or print server.

Declare Function OpenPrinter Lib "winspool.drv" Alias "OpenPrinterA" (ByVal pPrinterName As String, phPrinter As Long, pDefault As Any) As Long

Operating Systems Supported
Requires Windows NT 3.1 or later; Requires Windows 95 or later


Parameter Information
- pPrinterName
[in] Pointer to a null-terminated string that specifies the name of the printer or print server.
Windows NT/2000: If NULL, it indicates the local printer server.

- phPrinter
[out] Pointer to a variable that receives a handle to the open printer or print server object.
Windows 2000: The phPrinter parameter can return an Xcv handle for use with the XcvData function. For more information about XcvData, see the Microsoft Windows 2000 Driver Development Kit.

- pDefault
[in] Pointer to a PRINTER_DEFAULTS structure. This value can be NULL.

Return Values
If the function succeeds, the return value is nonzero.

If the function fails, the return value is zero. To get extended error information, call GetLastError.

Last update: 07 April 2006