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Posted 10 Feb 2004

How to Check if your Printer is Connected, using C#

, 10 Feb 2004
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Make sure you check your printer's offline status before printing. This article shows how to do just that.


This code will test whether a printer is connected to your system or not. It works with USB and network printers (haven't tested LPT printers yet).

Some printers (like my HP DeskJet 930c) is detected online even though I press the OFF button (as long as the power adaptor is switched ON). This is true, as the printer is able to switch on itself when the print queue is not empty. But if I switch off the power adaptor, then the printer cannot switch on itself, and Windows automatically adjusts the printer setting by checking the "Use Printer Offline" in the Printer Control Panel.

Same case with network printers. When I plug my network cable, Windows automatically unchecks the "Use Printer Offline", and when I unplug it, Windows rechecks the "Use Printer Offline". This is what my code detects, whether "Use Printer Offline" is actually checked or not.

using System;
using System.Management; 
 class PrinterOffline
  static void Main(string[] args)
   // Set management scope
   ManagementScope scope = new ManagementScope(@"\root\cimv2");

   // Select Printers from WMI Object Collections
   ManagementObjectSearcher searcher = new 
    ManagementObjectSearcher("SELECT * FROM Win32_Printer");

   string printerName = "";
   foreach (ManagementObject printer in searcher.Get()) 
    printerName = printer["Name"].ToString().ToLower();
    if (printerName.Equals(@"hp deskjet 930c"))
     Console.WriteLine("Printer = " + printer["Name"]); 
     if (printer["WorkOffline"].ToString().ToLower().Equals("true"))
      // printer is offline by user
      Console.WriteLine("Your Plug-N-Play printer is not connected.");
      // printer is not offline
       Console.WriteLine("Your Plug-N-Play printer is connected.");


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Zeddy Iskandar, computer science student. Writes freewares on free time. Regularly rambles on his blog. Likes to experiment on emerging software technologies.

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GeneralMy vote of 4 Pin
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GeneralMy vote of 1 Pin
behzad200026-Apr-10 9:56
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GeneralBrilliant, got my 5 Pin
captainplanet012330-Apr-09 10:51
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Generalprinter on Pin
balu1234530-Jul-08 7:33
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QuestionNot working for the first time Pin
srinivas@mtccrm.com13-Jun-08 3:56
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QuestionBetter Solution Pin
Arjan Mels19-Mar-07 12:02
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QuestionHow can do the same in VB or VC++ Pin
vijay kumar T19-Jan-06 10:27
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AnswerRe: How can do the same in VB or VC++ Pin
Christian Graus19-Jan-06 11:21
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GeneralRe: How can do the same in VB or VC++ Pin
vijay kumar T19-Jan-06 11:51
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GeneralRe: How can do the same in VB or VC++ Pin
Christian Graus19-Jan-06 11:56
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GeneralSame code using PrinterStatus Pin
cseils22-Nov-04 20:20
membercseils22-Nov-04 20:20 
GeneralRe: Same code using PrinterStatus Pin
John Simmons / outlaw programmer11-Dec-08 0:20
mvpJohn Simmons / outlaw programmer11-Dec-08 0:20 
GeneralCode does not perform as stated. Pin
amurray@unumprovident.com30-Aug-04 7:32
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