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I need to print all dbgrid contents. How can I do this?

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by:jsweby
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I don't know of a solution for the standard DBGrid, but you can get an advanced DBGrid from TMS Software (free is it isn't for commerical use) at www.tmssoftware.com which has a host of printing capabilities.

J.
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umm. I would prefer to do it with the standard dbgrid. maybe some report would help here, but I don't have the least idea of how to use them.

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There is a component at http://www.orbital.co.za that can print a dataset. Might be worth a try.
There are also some components at http://www.torry.net that claim to be able to print a dbgrid. Just enter "print dbgrid" in the search page.

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by:gemarti
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I agree with the above commenters: A component to do this is more efficient, but here are the steps to using the QuickRep Components. Obviously you'll have to do some massaging, but the general idea is here:

Step to printing table information that you see in a DBGRID
1. Create a new application.
2. Add the following components to the form: TDatasource, TTable, TDBGrid, TButton.
3. Set FormStyle to fsMDIForm.
4. Set Table1 DatabaseName to DBDEMOS
5. Set Table1.Name to clients.dbf
6. Set Datasource1.Dataset to table1
7. Set DBGrid1.Datasource to Datasource1
8. Set Table1.Active to True
9. Save Unit as ...CUnit1.pas
10. Create a new form.
11. Set FormStyle to fsMDIChild
12. Add CUnit1 to the uses clause of the child form.
13. Save the second form as CUnit2.pas
14. Place one QuickRep component on the child form.
15. Set QuickRep.DataSet to Form1.Table1
16. Place a QRGroup1 band on the QuickRep component.

17. Place a QRDBText component inside the QRGROUP1 band for each field found on the dbGrid. Put a QRDBLabel next to each and label the appropriately.
18. Set the QRDBText.DataSet to Form1.Table1
19. Set the QRDBText.DataField to  a field from the dropdown box.
20. Save the file.
21. Open CUnit1. Beneath the word implementation add USES CUnit2.
22. From the Delphi IDE Menu Select PROJECT | OPTIONS | FORMS.
23. Move Form2 to Available Forms.
24. Click OK.
25. Open the Button1.OnClick Event add the following code:
procedure TForm1.Button1Click(Sender: TObject);
begin
  DbGrid1.Visible := False; {Better if this is on it's on child form!}
  Button1.Visible := False; {Better if this is on the same child form that DBGrid1 is on}
  Form2 := TForm2.Create(Self);
  Form2.Show;
end;
26. Save the file.
27. Open Form2 OnShow Event. Add the following code:

procedure TForm2.FormShow(Sender: TObject);
begin
  QuickRep1.Preview;
end;

28. Open the Form2 OnClose Event. Add the Following Code:

procedure TForm2.FormClose(Sender: TObject; var Action: TCloseAction);
begin
  if MessageDlg('Close application ?', mtConfirmation,
    [mbYes, mbNo], 0) = mrYes then
    Action := caFree
  else
    Action := caNone;

end;

29. Open the Form2 OnDestroy Event. Add the Following:

procedure TForm2.FormDestroy(Sender: TObject);
begin
  Form1.DBGrid1.Visible := true;
  Form1.Button1.Visible := True;
  Form2.Free; {Clean up}
end;
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thanks everybody for your help. Specially gemarti for his complete "step by step" comments.

thanks again.
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