Print in a dialog box of Visual C++

Posted on 1998-04-22
Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I am developing in Visual C++ 5.0 with MFC.
My application is dialog based and composed of static text and entry field that I fill (CEdit). How can I print the content of this dialog, that's the static text and the CEdit ? Is it possible ? There is an alternative method (without changing the application obviously) ?
Thanks  in advance.
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ID: 1163142
You can send yourself a WM_PRINT message
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Something like this...

void CMyDialog::PrintMe() {
  // Instantiate a CPrintDialog.
  // Initialize some of the fields in PRINTDLG structure.
  printDlg.m_pd.nMinPage = printDlg.m_pd.nMaxPage = 1;
  printDlg.m_pd.nFromPage = printDlg.m_pd.nToPage = 1;
  // Display Windows print dialog box.
  // Obtain a handle to the device context.
  HDC hdcPrn = printDlg.GetPrinterDC();
  if (hdcPrn != NULL) {
    CDC *pDC = new CDC;
    pDC->Attach (hdcPrn);      // attach a printer DC
    pDC->StartDoc("job");      // begin a new print job
    pDC->StartPage();          // begin a new page
    pDC->EndPage();            // end a page
    pDC->EndDoc();             // end a print job
    pDC->Detach();             // detach the printer DC
    delete pDC;

The CWnd::Print function does the printing by sending WM_PRINT to all the controls (to print each control);  and sends WM_PRINTCLIENT to itself (to print the dialog itself)


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ID: 1163144
Thank for your code. It is good but the problem is that it does not printing the static text that I inserted into dialog box by palette, while it's printing the other controls.
How is it possible ?
I have another problem: I set a dialog property: vertical scroll-bar, but when I resize in execution the dialog box the scroll-bar does not activate. Why ?
Thanks in advance.
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Ah .. forgot that.  Statics for some reason known only to M$, won't respond to the printing (by default).

You need to derive your own CStatic derived class that resonds to the WM_PRINT message by printing itself.  I'll see if I can dig up some code for this.  It shouldn't be TOO hard.  Perhaps just calling Default() will do it? .. I'll see what I can find.

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ID: 1163146
Try deriving from CStatic and handline WM_PRINT by sending a WM_PAINT with the same wParam.  It might work.

Of course, then you need to subclasss you static's in the dialog (pretty disgusting).

Another way my be to put in a loop in your printme that goes thru all the child controls, checks if they are statics and then sends them the approriate WM_PRINT .. but that is tricky.

I'm still looking for a better solution for printing the statics for you.

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ID: 1163147
Thanks for your advice, but I found a solution for my problem, maybe not the best.
In fact I'm printing static text by TextOut() method of the device context  In this case the problem is that I have to write my text in a file and not diretcly in the resource CStatic text and I have to write 5 or 6 pages !!!
But there is a problem with TextOut(),  because I don't know why the newline doesn't work
in printing. Do you Know why ?
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You'd need to post some code.

Also I don't understand what you mean by "to write my text in a file and not diretcly in the resource CStatic text" ??

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Thanks alot the code works perfect, but it print out in a 1" by 1" size. Is there any way to increase the size?


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