Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people, just like you, are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
Solved

CommonDialog printing

Posted on 1998-06-11
6
168 Views
Last Modified: 2010-05-03
Ok, this is a really simple problem, but I'll be damned if I can get it to work...

OK, I have a text file, called "am.txt" that I want to print from a VB program. I don't want to open it, I just want to print it to the default windows printer.

I've created a form with a Common Dialog box control, and a button. In the click event of the button is the following code:
     commondialog1.filename="c:\am.txt"
     commondialog1.action=5 '//The print dialog

Now, this displays the print dialog, but when I click on OK, nothing happens.

What have I missed?

Dan

p.s The default printer is a networked HP LaserJet 5N.
0
Comment
Question by:FaffMan
6 Comments
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:anthonyc
ID: 1463086
Dan

The common dialog control does not print.....  It sets up printing

use the printer object for printing
0
 
LVL 9

Expert Comment

by:Dalin
ID: 1463087
FaffMan,
The commonDialog only allow you to select the parameters for printing, such as printer, number of copies. It does not actually send the data to the printer. You need to write the code as to how you want your file.
One simple way is to set the PrinterDefault property to true and use the Printer object.
If you have more questions, let me know.
Regards
Dalin
0
 

Author Comment

by:FaffMan
ID: 1463088
OK, so I tried the printer.print method, but I couldn't get that to work either.

If someone can give me some code that will actually print this text file, then I'll up the points to 100.

Dan



0
Free Tool: ZipGrep

ZipGrep is a utility that can list and search zip (.war, .ear, .jar, etc) archives for text patterns, without the need to extract the archive's contents.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way to say thank you for being a part of the community.

 
LVL 6

Accepted Solution

by:
clifABB earned 100 total points
ID: 1463089
Dim hFile As Integer
Dim sText As String

hFile = FreeFile
Open "am.txt" For Input As hFile
Do Until EOF(hFile)
  Line Input hFile, sText
  Printer.Print sText
Loop
Printer.EndDoc
0
 

Author Comment

by:FaffMan
ID: 1463090
Nice one!

I'd actually got it working already, but my code took ages to print. Your code produces results a lot faster.

Dan


0
 
LVL 6

Expert Comment

by:clifABB
ID: 1463091
Glad I could be of help.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: Subnet Calculator

The subnet calculator helps you design networks by taking an IP address and network mask and returning information such as network, broadcast address, and host range.

One of a set of tools we're offering as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
VBA saving file message display 5 72
VB6 - Compare and highlight cell not the same 3 53
VBA: Select SQL query based on a config Sheet v2 11 49
backup program with robocopy 6 43
Enums (shorthand for ‘enumerations’) are not often used by programmers but they can be quite valuable when they are.  What are they? An Enum is just a type of variable like a string or an Integer, but in this case one that you create that contains…
This article describes some techniques which will make your VBA or Visual Basic Classic code easier to understand and maintain, whether by you, your replacement, or another Experts-Exchange expert.
Get people started with the process of using Access VBA to control Outlook using automation, Microsoft Access can control other applications. An example is the ability to programmatically talk to Microsoft Outlook. Using automation, an Access applic…
This lesson covers basic error handling code in Microsoft Excel using VBA. This is the first lesson in a 3-part series that uses code to loop through an Excel spreadsheet in VBA and then fix errors, taking advantage of error handling code. This l…

840 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question