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Howdy,
I'm using MFC with VC++ 6 for a personal project and just to dabble in something new.
I have a few questions though.  The first is a more general C/C++ question, not necassarily MFC.

Is it possible (surely it is) to get columns to line up when printing out strings to a file?
A simple solution i'm thinking is using a fixed width font, but how would i do that?

The information i'm printing out is a copy of dialog box that i have broken up into columns.
I want to keep this information as well as print it out, and my solution was to put it to a text file, then just manually print the text file.
Would it be easier to just send the dialog box to the printer?  If so how would i do that?

Thanks,
Jason
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>> Is it possible (surely it is) to get columns to line up when printing out strings to a file?
A simple solution i'm thinking is using a fixed width font, but how would i do that?

Printing to file? Do you mean text file? In this case font doesn't matter, use tabs to align columns.
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The thing I don't like about tabs is that you are now making assumptions about the tab settings of whatever device you are printing to or whatever program you are using to view the text file. If you guess wrong, your columns may no longer appear lined up. (This is one of the primary reasons I never ever use tabs in my code, I have VC++ convert tabs to spaces; in fact our company coding standards prohibit tab characters.)

So I would would pad each column entry with however many spaces is needed to make the columns line up. Of course, if your printer doesn't use a fixed width font to print text files, this approach won't work.

There's no framework support for printing dialogs, so I think your approach of writing the info to a file and printing the file is reasonable.
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Hey, thanks for the replies.

I hate that about tabs as well.  I was just putting the information in a textfile and it defaults to open with notepad, but for future compatibility i decided tabs won't work too well.

I had also padded the spaces out, but i don't like having to use a fixed width font, its not usually a default font.

Anyway thanks for the advice,  I decided instead to throw the output into a simple html file with tables.  Its very clean and prints nicely.  It also allows me to seperate things much nicer.

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