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How to disable printing of a report

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Have a report for viewing only, but the users keep on printing it by using Ctrl+P. Is there anyway I can make it a pure view-only report? How?

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by:ericpete
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Not that I know of. Ctrl+P is a Windows function, not an Access function.

You might be able to do a redirect so that the report prints to the screen, but it's beyond my capabilities.

Good luck,

ep
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by:ravl
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Even if you could disable CTRL+P there would be nothng stopping the user doing a print screen.
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by:senan072100
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OK what about trying when Key press event to redirect the key press to a preview mode not printing mode !!! I dont know I have to test it but this a hint for you guys to try also, correct me if i'm wrong,, cheers
Sinan
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by:Jonathan Kelly
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or you could maybe use SendKey to pop up a message box stating that the function is not allowed
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by:Jonathan Kelly
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sorry i mean AutoKeys.

create a new macro named AutoKeys
make sure View Macro Name is set on
type ^p in Macro Name
set Action = Message Box (or Whatever)


whenever the user hits ctrl+p the message box will load.
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by:bylj
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Reports dont have a Key_Press_Event.
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by:Jonathan Kelly
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you dont need a key press event for my solution
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by:Volibrawl
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Just a side observation ..

If your users WANT to print your report so badly, why don't you give them that option?
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by:bylj
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Datrias:
Your solution would disable Ctrl-P for the whole app. I have certain reports that are printable but couple are NOT to be printed
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by:aaronkempf
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there is an event-

Private Sub Detail_Print(Cancel As Integer, PrintCount As Integer)

End Sub

you need to add this:

Cancel = True

THis should do the trick.


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by:bylj
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tried, it would still print
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You need to expand a bit on the AutoKeys macro to trap this one and also ensure you remove the print option from the Toolbars and Menubars available to the user.

Create a Macro called AutoKeys and in it include a Macro Name of ^P, Condition of ControlP() and Action of RunCommand with a Run Command or Print. Save the Macro. Now create a new module and paste the follwoing text

Option Compare Database
Option Explicit

Function ControlP()

    If Application.CurrentObjectType = acReport Then
       Select Case Application.CurrentObjectName
           Case "AJTest"
                ControlP = False
           Case Else
                ControlP = True
       End Select
    Else
       ControlP = True
    End If
   
End Function
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by:Netminder
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TextReport,

Welcome to Expert's Exchange!

I've rejected your proposed answer for a couple of reasons.

First, by proposing an answer, you move the question from the Open Questions queue to the Locked Questions queue. That makes it much less likely that the Asker will get responses to his question.

Second, you should only propose an answer when you are 100 per cent certain that your response is the ONLY one true answer that will work AND that your response does not duplicate or paraphrase someone else's response.

Again, welcome aboard.

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by:nico5038
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No comment has been added lately, so it's time to clean up this TA.
I will leave a recommendation in Community Support that this question is:
 - PAQ'd and pts removed
Please leave any comments here within the
next seven days.

PLEASE DO NOT ACCEPT THIS COMMENT AS AN ANSWER !

Nic;o)
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by:ericpete
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Nico,

Isn't "You can't do that" a valid answer?

Best regards,

ep
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by:nico5038
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Well, when you "dive" into the API's you should be able to intercept the keystrokes to a window. Not easy, but it should be possible.
Always after making a backup ofcourse, but you should know that ;-)

Nic;o)
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by:TextReport
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I still maintain that the answer proposed by me in my first few days on EE is the correct answer, the answer ws not rejected by the person asking the question, this does resolve the question that was originally asked.

EP is incorrect in the statement that you cannnot stop control-p, this is the standard keystroke in windows for teh print dialogue but it is at the control of the application.

Cheers, Andrew
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by:nico5038
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I guess it will work, but as bylj wants this to be used selectively, it's not completely suiting his needs...

See:
Comment from bylj
 05/23/2002 08:14AM PST
 
Datrias:
Your solution would disable Ctrl-P for the whole app. I have certain reports that are printable but couple are NOT to be printed
 
Nic;o)
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by:TextReport
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Then you include the ones you don't want to print in the case statement along with Case "AJTest".

Cheers, Andrew
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by:Jonathan Kelly
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textReport's answer looks good to me
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by:Jonathan Kelly
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textReport's answer looks good to me
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by:nico5038
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OK, I'll change my recommendation into

 - answered by: TextReport  

Perhaps too much distracted by the answer rejection...

Nic;o)
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by:Netminder
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nico,

It happens; the rejection was caused by the request of an Expert (as I recall) who objected to the question being locked. It in no way was intended to reflect on the validity of the comment.

As soon as they give us our tools back, I'll take care of this and the other questions which have had closing recommendations left in them.

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by:Netminder
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Per recommendation, force-accepted.

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