Printing using the default printer from within a function

Posted on 1998-07-15
Last Modified: 2013-11-20
How do I call the default printing in a View from other than the menu?  I would also like to suppress the Print Dialog.  I have a POS application (MDI) in progress with buttons in the main view class indicating payment methods.  When the user presses the appropriate button, I would like to do some calcs, open the cash drawer, then print the invoice without further users intervention.  I have the default printing in the view class implemented and working from the menu and toolbar.


Question by:patrickm
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Expert Comment

ID: 1319249
I have done something similar, what you do, I don't know the exact code off hand but can get it if you can't figure it out, is Post a Messeage to your application the windows message you post is something like ID_FILE_PRINT_DIRECT, I think, if you look at the menu handler for the toolbar option print, it will tell you, since that suppresses the dialog, not showing it, which is what I think you want.  comment if you have any further questions.

Author Comment

ID: 1319250
Thanks TAMC, I am very weak on MFC and VC++, if you could provide me with syntax, I would appreciate it.


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chensu earned 50 total points
ID: 1319251
There are several methods. One of them is the following.

BOOL bSucc = ::AfxGetApp()->GetPrinterDeviceDefaults(&PrintDlg) &&
if (bSucc)
    // use PrnDC to print
    // failed to create the printer DC


Author Comment

ID: 1319252
I ended up with


in my View Class. Works like a charm.

Thanks for the syntax chensu

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