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In using VB 4.0 I am working on an app that does a lot of printing to the printer.  Since it will be used by different people (and different printers), I need to know how to programmatically find out what the four non-printable margins are.  Does this come from the "device context" and if so, how do I get at it?  Using the difference between Printer.Width and Printer.ScaleWidth (and dividing by 2) assumes that the top and bottom non-printable margins are the same and this is rarely the case.
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You can get the offset of the upperleft corner of the printable area using either Escape() or GetDeviceCaps() API function. You have to pass in Printer.hdc as the device context.  For example:

  uppery=GetDeviceCaps(printer.hdc,PHYSICALOFFSETY)
  status=Escape(printer.hdc,GETPRINTINGOFFSET,0,0,rc)

Of course, the values you get back this way are pixels, not twips.
The definition of API stuff is in winapi directory under your vb directory.
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This is the sort of thing I was looking for!  I haven't tried it yet to see IF it works, but I've been pointed in the right direction.  It's time for me to start reading up on how to access the API
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