How do you define a FormFeed in a VB 6 RichTextBox?

Posted on 2001-08-28
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Last Modified: 2008-02-01
I can not find a way to get formfeeds to work in a VB 6 RichTextBox. I have created a .RTF file using Word 97 with page breaks defined but when loaded in the VB control they are ignored.

Does anyone know how to get this to work? If it is not supported,  does anyone know about a third party control that supports it?
Question by:BryanC
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The RichTextBox is NOT a Printer and as such it has NO page length associated to it. So how you expect it to behave as such? If indeed, you want this type of functionality, then you will just have to hardcode it.

Author Comment

ID: 6433846
You are correct, the RichTextBox is not a printer and unless I am mistaken, Microsoft Word is not a printer either. However, it does support such controls and I do want this type of functionality. That was the purpose of the question.

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I suspect that muh like Word, it is the developer's responsibility to parse the attached RTF data to detect the FF, and other non-printing characters - then represent them in your own manner within the RTF box.

e.g. when you see a FF character - insert a CRLF, then a line of hyphens, then another CRLF... followed by the original RTF data.

Again - in your 'text editor' code, you would need to look for these structures, and skip over them - so the user doesn't corrupt the expanded interpretations you have made.

This may not be the only solution, but I suspect it is close - otherwise the RTF box would have to be incredibly complex to manage all language/font/punctuation variations.
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Anthony Perkins earned 150 total points
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Wsh2 is correct and your comparison to Word is not relevant.  THe RichTextBox (unlike Word) does not have WYSIWYG printing built in.  You, the programmer, have to add that code.  This is by no means trivial and here is an article from MSDN that may help you understand a little of the complexity ahead of you:

HOWTO: Set Up the RichTextBox Control for WYSIWYG Printing (Q146022)

But to answer your question the RTF code for a hard page break is /page.  You can get more information on the RTF specs from the following article in MSDN:
Rich Text Format (RTF) Specification, version 1.6
It is about 100 pages and has all the information you need to code the printing of your document.

Good luck,

Author Comment

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I thank you all for your input.

Anthony, the article you referenced was very good and I will try and use the information supplied in it to solve my problem. If anyone does come across another control that support more features than the Microsoft RichTextBox I would like to know.


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