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Posted on 2000-05-03
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I have designed 3 separate forms that include a database. I only need to print part of the data of the three forms. What is the best technique for printing text boxes on this form? I want to keep the apeparance of the text boxes. Can I print frames?  Thanks for any help
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mark2150 earned 50 total points
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Printing the forms is probably the worst way to do it.

You need to drive the Printer object. You use the .Scale to set your page dimension units and then use .CurrentX/Y to position the cursor. Printer.Print will drop your text at the X/Y you've specified.

Printer.Line and .Circle will give you nice graphics.

You can adjust the .Font properties and such.

None of this is available with Print.Form. Your output will look like screen dumps and be screen/printer resolution dependent - not only that but your text will come out crappy.

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This example uses BitBlt to copy the image of a control (Text1 in this case) to a hidden PictureBox control.  The image of the textbox is then printed using Printer.PaintPicture.


Option Explicit

Private Declare Function BitBlt Lib "gdi32" _
    (ByVal hDestDC As Long, ByVal x As Long, ByVal y As Long, _
    ByVal nWidth As Long, ByVal nHeight As Long, ByVal hSrcDC As Long, ByVal xSrc As Long, ByVal ySrc As Long, ByVal dwRop As Long) As Long


Private Sub Command1_Click()
    Dim PrevScale As Long
    PrevScale = Me.ScaleMode
    Me.ScaleMode = 3 'Pixel
    Picture1.AutoRedraw = True
    Picture1.Width = Text1.Width
    Picture1.Height = Text1.Height
    Call BitBlt(Picture1.hDC, 0, 0, Text1.Width, Text1.Height, _
            Me.hDC, Text1.Left, Text1.Top, vbSrcCopy)
    Set Picture1.Picture = Picture1.Image
    Printer.Print ""
    Printer.PaintPicture Picture1.Picture, 100, 100
    Printer.EndDoc
    Picture1.AutoRedraw = False
    Me.ScaleMode = PrevScale
End Sub

Private Sub Form_Load()
    Picture1.Visible = False
    Picture1.BorderStyle = 0 'none
End Sub
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by:920gda
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I agree....Just wanted to make sure I was on the right track. Thanks from Macon, Ga.......
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by:mark2150
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No problem.

Lemme know if you need code from Florida...

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by:920gda
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If you have an example code for drawing
boxes with the printer object, I would appreciate.
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by:mark2150
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Printer.Line (x1,y1)-(x2,y2),vbblack,B

This will draw a black box with corners at x1,y1 to x2,y2 (based on your current .Scale).

You can position your text to print inside it with:

Printer.CurrentX = X1 + TinyBitForMargin
Printer.CurrentY = Y1 + TinyBitForMargin
Printer.Print Text1.Text

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Thanks Mark.....
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