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How do I get the top,bottom,left and right margin where a laser/inkjet printer cannot print. As far as I know, can I only get physical forms length/width and the printing forms length/width. Do anybody know if there is any way to get the exact margins where the printer cannot print.
I shall use these exact mesaures, because im making a form with an OCR-B line which an optical reader shall read, and the tolerance is a very small. I don't how and where to get these informations?
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by:dabellei
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The only way is to contact the manufacturer of the printer or reading the books that comes with the printer were this should be mentionned clearly.
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by:ertro
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Their must be another answer, I can read printer manual too, but I don't know which printer users of my program have, it vill be distibuted over the internet. I have made an solution today, where I make a box for the printing area, then the user can measure the none printing margins. If I have the top-,left margin or Bottom,right margin I can calculate the opposite. It may be the only way, but it isn't very elegant.
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schild earned 200 total points
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Hello ertro

Try the folowing code:


   Private Const PHYSICALOFFSETY As Long = 113

   Private Declare Function GetDeviceCaps Lib "gdi32" ( _
      ByVal hdc As Long, ByVal nIndex As Long) As Long
   Private Declare Function SendMessage Lib "USER32" Alias "SendMessageA" _
      (ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal msg As Long, ByVal wp As Long, _
      lp As Any) As Long

Public Sub MyPrinterCaps()

      ' Start a print job to get a valid Printer.hDC
      Printer.Print Space(1)
      Printer.ScaleMode = vbTwips

      ' Get the offsett to the printable area on the page in twips
      LeftOffset = Printer.ScaleX(GetDeviceCaps(Printer.hdc, _
         PHYSICALOFFSETX), vbPixels, vbTwips)
      TopOffset = Printer.ScaleY(GetDeviceCaps(Printer.hdc, _
         PHYSICALOFFSETY), vbPixels, vbTwips)


End Sub
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by:rukiman
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With that code, can you tell the X and Y offsets for any printer accurately for any printer? I tested the code, it worked fine for the Y offset, but the X offset was way off, how come?
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