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Printing Contents of a Frame etc. using visual basic 6.

Hello, i am making a program that requirs to print a sort of invoice thing you could call it.  and i need to print out the invoice.  I have all the details in seperat lables all on one frame and was how you print the frame or/and the contents of the frame if it is even possible.  Or is there a better way of printing, i dont know much about printing with visual basic so any suggestions would be greatly appersiated.


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Bob LambersonSoftware EngineerCommented:
Hi Gary_4500,
Since you will eventually want to include data with your invoice, you would be better off creating the invoice as a DataReport.
Right click on the project in the Project Explorer and select DataReport and it will add a template for you to work from, which will allow you to programmatically add data and print the report.

Gary_4500Author Commented:
Yeah but i have no idea how data reports work or even where to start with them?
Bob LambersonSoftware EngineerCommented:
> Right click on the project in the Project Explorer and select DataReport
> and it will add a template for you to work from
Check the help file and if you have specific questions, post them.
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Gary_4500Author Commented:
I can add it and all that, but when i run it it says invalid data source.  i looked on the  microsoft web site and it says you have to add all this data enviroment (which i dont have or cant find).  and i cant look at the help files cause i dont have the msdn disc.
Bob LambersonSoftware EngineerCommented:
You will need the OCT2001 MSDN file to be able to access the vb6 help files. You will need this as you are learning how to use vb. I was unable to find a download source for the file and I would recommend that you post a question asking if anyone knows a source for that file.
Printing an invoice really simply would just require invoking the PrintForm method of an invoice form:


but it's by far the prettiest.

Last time i needed to print an invoice, I outputted it to a text file, using some HTML formatting I knew, and printed it from a browser control, e.g.:

     Type Item
              Number as Long
              Name as String
              Quantity as Integer
              UnitPrice as Currency
     End Type

     Dim arrItems(1 To 5) as Item
     Dim curSubtotal as Currency
     Dim sngTax as Single

     sngTax = 0.175             '<--- UK SALES TAX/VAT MULTIPLIER (17.5%)

     Open App.Path & "\Invoices\" & lngInvoiceNo & ".htm" for Output as #1

              Print #1, "<HTML>"
              Print #1, "<HEAD><TITLE>Invoice #" & lngInvoiceNo & "</TITLE></HEAD>"
              Print #1, "<BODY>"
              Print #1, "<TABLE>
              Print #1, "<TR><TD>Customer Name:</TD><TD>" & strCustomerName & "</TD></TR>"
              Print #1, "<TR><TD>Customer Address:</TD><TD>" & strCustomerAddress1 & "<BR>" & _
                                                                                                 strCustomerAddress2 & "<BR>" & _
                                                                                                 strCustomerTown & "<BR> & _
                                                                                                 strCustomerCounty & "<BR> & _
                                                                                                 strCustomerPostCode & "</TD></TR>
              '...YOUR HEADER FIELDS
              Print #1, "</TABLE>"
              Print #1, "<HR>"
              Print #1, "<TABLE>"
              Print #1, "<TR><TD>No</TD><TD>Desc</TD><TD>Unit</TD><TD>Qty</TD><TD>Total</TD></TR>
              For i = LBound(arrItems) to UBound(arrItems)

                    Print #1, "<TR><TD>" & arrItems(i).Number & "</TD>" & _
                                          "<TD>" & arrItems(i).Name & "</TD>" & _
                                          "<TD>" & arrItems(i).UnitPrice & "</TD>" & _
                                          "<TD>" & arrItems(i).Quantity & "</TD> " & _
                                          "<TD>" & arrItems(i).Quantity * arrItems(i).UnitPrice & "</TD></TR>"

                    curSubtotal = curSubtotal + (arrItems(i).Quantity * arrItems(i).UnitPrice)

              Next i

              Print #1, "<TR><TD colspan=4>Subtotal:</TD><TD>" & curSubtotal & "</TD></TR>"
              Print #1, "<TR><TD colspan=4>Tax:</TD><TD>" & curSubtotal * sngTax & "</TD></TR>"
              Print #1, "<TR><TD colspan=4>Total:</TD<TD>" & curSubtotal+(curSubtotal*sngTax) & "</TD></TR>"

              Print #1, "</TABLE>"
              Print #1, "</BODY>"
              Print #1, "</HTML>"

      Close #1

      WebBrowser1.Navigate(App.Path & "\Invoices\" & lngInvoiceNo & ".htm")
                                                                                'SHOW THE GENERATED INVOICE
                                                                                'PRINT THE CONTENTS OF THE BROWSER OBJECT

You'd have to change the variables, etc, to match your data, but this was the simplest method I found (so long as you know a little HTML).


Bob LambersonSoftware EngineerCommented:
Gary - did you get your question answered or is there anything we can help with?
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