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How do i sent a document to printer.

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Dragos Radu
Dragos Radu on 2 Sep 2014
Answered: Andrew Bliss on 10 May 2016
Hi! i need to create an application that controls my printer. i have a Samsung SCX 3405 F (USB connection). i have searched a lot but couldn't find a command that will send documents (such as .doc, .docx, .pdf) to the printer. please help me. thank you!

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Joseph Cheng
Joseph Cheng on 2 Sep 2014
you could create batch files for specific file formats that you can use the matlab system() command for window's commands to run to print specific files. The best resource i found on doing this can be found here. There will be some adjustments so you can specify a specific file name instead of the batch folder prints, but the commands to print the files are in there.

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Andrew Bliss
Andrew Bliss on 10 May 2016
Simplest solution in Matlab on Windows is something like:
system('"C:\Program Files\Microsoft Office\Office15\Winword.exe" /mFilePrintDefault C:\ExampleFile.docx &')

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Pratik Bajaria
Pratik Bajaria on 2 Sep 2014
Hello,
I suggest you to check "print" function in matlab. Go through following link http://www.mathworks.in/help/matlab/creating_plots/how-to-print-or-export.html
Hope it helps
Regards, Pratik

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Dragos Radu
Dragos Radu on 2 Sep 2014
thank you for your fast response. i looked in the help section. all i could find was how to export figures and text. i want to create a program that use my printer driver to print files specified by me only if certain conditions are achieved.

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Adam
Adam on 2 Sep 2014
Have you looked at the 'Printing and Exporting' section of the Matlab help? It includes examples of how to do certain printer-related activities.

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Dragos Radu
Dragos Radu on 2 Sep 2014
thank you for your fast response. i looked in the help section. all i could find was how to export figures and text. i want to create a program that use my printer driver to print files specified by me only if certain conditions are achieved.

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Iain
Iain on 2 Sep 2014
Edited: Iain on 2 Sep 2014
I can't see any immediately obvious way of achieving what you want. Sadly.
I can however see that there may be three solutions that make sense.
1. Learn how to use ActiveX to tell word to open the file(s) you want to print, and use ActiveX to tell word to print them. - xlsread & xlswrite show you vaguely how to do it on excel. You will want to record macros/get specific VB help to find out how to print documents.
2. Copy the files you want to print to a specified folder, then you can batch print from windows.
3. Find from somewhere an executable program that can be called by DOS that does what you want, then issue system commands to instruct that executable program correctly.

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Gitesh Nandre
Gitesh Nandre on 2 Sep 2014
I understand that you want to print certain document files in a programmatic way using MATLAB. There is no direct solution for this. However, you can use following workaround suggested by MathWorks support team.

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Dragos Radu
Dragos Radu on 2 Sep 2014
thank you everybody! it seems that i need to learn some VB.

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