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Easy printing of files in VB .net

I am a beginner at VB .net
I am overwhelmed by the complexity of printing a multiline rtf file using .net. I have searched the forums and feel nauseated at this huge task!
Are there any inexpensive (preferably free) easy to use components that a beginner can use?
As I do this for fun I can not shell out hundreds of dollars!
I would like the flexibility of being able to print the contents of an RTF box or a multi font RTF file from the hard disk.
Thanks.
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Fahad MukhtarDistinguished EngineerCommented:
imports System.Diagnostics

Dim pi As ProcessStartInfo = New ProcessStartInfo("C:\doc.rtf")
pi.Verb = "print"
pi.WindowStyle = ProcessWindowStyle.Hidden
Dim p As Process = New Process()
p.StartInfo = pi
p.Start()
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armoghanCommented:
This link may help if the document is open in a richtextbox
http://216.26.160.137/Forums/AspNetForums20/ShowPost.aspx?PostID=6908
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pharriesAuthor Commented:
DESP
Will this handle a multipage document?
How would I set margins, select printer etc?
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planoczCommented:
Check here for some micro$oft ideas of printing

http://msdn.microsoft.com/library/default.asp?url=/library/en-us/dnwinforms/html/printwinforms.asp

there is also a report generator that is loaded into the SQL server from Micro$oft that is still free to down load.
I am guessing that this could replace CR reports in the future.
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Fahad MukhtarDistinguished EngineerCommented:
This is the simplest way to print MULTIPAGE docs to the DEFAULT printer
for setting the margins and other things you have to use the printdialog and other controls/classes
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armoghanCommented:
see me post above for using the print dialog
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pharriesAuthor Commented:
Is there anyway of being able to do this simply and preset margins etc and the chosen printer from within the code so that when print is hit no print dialog appears.
I really do need to prevent the users from being to selecvct their own printer
Thanks
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planoczCommented:
code  to set printer to print so user does not set it...

   'Example:  InitializePrinterToUSE("Brother HL-1650/1670N Duplex 1")

    Public Function InitializePrinterToUSE(ByVal sPrinterName As String)
        ' Set the specified printer to the default printer for this program. Return
        ' true if the printer was found.
        Dim i As Integer
        Dim printer As New Printing.PrinterSettings

        For i = 0 To printer.InstalledPrinters.Count - 1
            If InStr(printer.InstalledPrinters.Item(i), sPrinterName) > 0 Then
                printer.PrinterName = printer.InstalledPrinters.Item(i)
                Return printer.PrinterName
                Exit Function
            End If
        Next i
        MsgBox("The '" & sPrinterName & "' printer could not be found.", vbExclamation)
    End Function
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