ControlPrintProcessor function

A print processor's ControlPrintProcessor function allows the spooler to control a print job.


BOOL ControlPrintProcessor(
  HANDLE hPrintProcessor,
  DWORD  Command



Caller-supplied print processor handle. This is the handle returned by a previous call to OpenPrintProcessor.


Caller-supplied command indicating the type of operation to perform. The following commands are valid:

Command Definition
JOB_CONTROL_CANCEL The function should cancel the current print job.
JOB_CONTROL_PAUSE The function should pause the current print job.
JOB_CONTROL_RESUME The function should resume the current print job.

Return Value

If the operation succeeds, the function should return TRUE. If the operation fails, the function should call SetLastError to set an error code, and then return FALSE.


Print processors are required to export a ControlPrintProcessor function. The spooler calls the function when an application calls the SetJob function, described in the Microsoft Windows SDK documentation.

Based on the value received for Command, the function should either pause, resume, or cancel the current job. The ControlPrintProcessor function can be called asynchronously while the print processor's PrintDocumentOnPrintProcessor function is executing. Thus some sort of synchronization technique must be employed, such as setting an internally-defined event object to pause a job and resetting the event object when the job is resumed. The ControlPrintProcessor function can quickly return after setting or resetting the event object, and PrintDocumentOnPrintProcessor can wait for the event to be in the proper state.


Target Platform Desktop
Header winsplp.h (include Winsplp.h)
Library Nwprint.lib

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