Accessing default printer font

Posted on 1998-09-28
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Last Modified: 2013-12-02
This seems a bit silly, but I can't get it to work.

How do I print using the default printer font? Whenever I print using Delphi, it switches to the default windows printer font, or the font I set it to in the printer.canvas.font method, etc. Even when I use the assignprn(textfile) method, it switches the font... All I want is a dump in the default printer font.

The reason? The default font uses the old PC-8 character set. I'm trying to use an old piece of code that has boxes around the text for a report. Setting the printer.font and printer.charset doesn't seem to work. I can set the charset to ansi, but not to the old IBM PC-8 characterset, even though the printer has that set.
Question by:oneeye
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ronit051397 earned 200 total points
ID: 1340997
This is from Borland documents


Instead of printing graphics, how can I get TPrinter to use the default resident font in the printer?


            Use the Windows API function GetStockObject() to retrieve the
            device default font handle, and assign it to Printer.Font.Handle.


            uses Printers;

            procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
              tm : TTextMetric;
              i : integer;
              if PrintDialog1.Execute then begin
                Printer.Canvas.Font.Handle := GetStockObject(DEVICE_DEFAULT_FONT);
                GetTextMetrics(Printer.Canvas.Handle, tm);
                for i := 1 to 10 do begin
                                         i * tm.tmHeight +


Author Comment

ID: 1340998
Ah, very good. One place I forgot to check.

I am much obliged.

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