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How can I print multiple html files located on web, and not on a local drive?

Something like:

Can I create a batch file? Or is there a better approach to print about 500 html documents, each only different by ?ID=.

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I think this question should be migrated to superuser –  m0ntassar Mar 14 '12 at 14:10
Which OS? Please provide any relevant details. –  jscott Mar 14 '12 at 14:13
Windows 7, or Windows XP –  John Mar 14 '12 at 14:17
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You can do it with Windows PowerShell (available natively on Windows 7, must be downloaded for Windows XP/Vista)

The quick and dirty script looks like this (you can paste it to a PowerShell window or save as a .ps1 file):

$ie = new-object -com InternetExplorer.Application
$ie.visible = $false
$url = "http://www.domain.com/file.html?ID="
For ($id=1; $id -le 500; $id++) {
  while ($ie.busy) {start-sleep -milliseconds 500}

This should work if your IDs really are sequential (from 1 to 500).

What it does:

  • Create an Internet Explorer instance (not visible)
  • Set the desired URL (minus the ID number at the end)
  • Loop throught all IDs from 1 to 500 and print them to your default printer (the $ie.ExecWB(6,2) line)
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Looks interesting. How to run a ps1 file? I am using command "powershell -noexit test.ps1", but I get an error that ps1 file is not valid –  John Mar 15 '12 at 9:56
@John - try using the full path to the script file: powershell.exe -noexit &'c:\Documents and Settings\username\My Documents\test.ps1'. See this page for more information –  Siim K Mar 15 '12 at 16:14
Actually I have visited that particular page, but I end up with this error. The term 'c:\print.ps1' is not recognized as the name of a cmdlet, function, sc ript file, or operable program. Check the spelling of the name, or if a path wa s included, verify that the path is correct and try again. At line:1 char:13 + c:\print.ps1 <<<< + CategoryInfo : ObjectNotFound: (c:\print.ps1:String) [], Comman dNotFoundException + FullyQualifiedErrorId : CommandNotFoundException PS C:\Windows\System32\WindowsPowerShell\v1.0> –  John Mar 15 '12 at 16:24
Furthermore I get the error, unable to access to the registry key when i execute Set-ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned. –  John Mar 15 '12 at 16:59
Used page to set Execution Policy. –  John Mar 15 '12 at 17:06
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