• How to check if printer is local or on network

    Posted on January 28, 2013 by in Dotnet Tips & Tricks, Tips & Tricks

    Printer properties can be retrieved using WMI. “Local” property will tell us if it is a network printer or a local printer.

    public static void RetrievePrinterProperties()
        //initialize the select query with command text
        SelectQuery query = new SelectQuery(@"SELECT * FROM Win32_Printer");
        //initialize the searcher with the query it is supposed to execute
        using (ManagementObjectSearcher searcher = new ManagementObjectSearcher(query))
            //execute the query
            foreach (ManagementObject process in searcher.Get())
                //print process properties
                Console.WriteLine("/*********Printer Properties ***************/");
                Console.WriteLine("{0}{1}", "Printer Name:", process["Name"]);
                Console.WriteLine("{0}{1}", "Is Printer Offline:", process["WorkOffline"]);
                Console.WriteLine("{0}{1}", "Local Printer:", process["Local"]);

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