printing form information

Posted on 2004-11-19
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Last Modified: 2010-08-05
Does anyone know how to  do position printing in vb.net
not printing the whole form.  I have to print on a pre formatted form and place the information on their allocated boxes.
Question by:genesisproject
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iboutchkine earned 2000 total points
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You can do it by controlling X and Y coordinates. In the code below check the place with variables initialization
' Initialize local variables that contain the bounds of the printing
            ' area rectangle.
            intPrintAreaHeight = .PaperSize.Height - .Margins.Top - .Margins.Bottom
            intPrintAreaWidth = .PaperSize.Width - .Margins.Left - .Margins.Right

Here is the whole example

Option Strict On
Imports System.Drawing.Printing

Public Class frmMain
    Inherits System.Windows.Forms.Form

    ' It's important that all the event procedures work with the same PrintDocument
    ' object.
    Private WithEvents pdoc As New PrintDocument()

#Region " Windows Form Designer generated code "
#End Region

    Dim sFontname As String = "Times New Roman"
    Dim iFontSize As Short = 12

    ' The PrintDialog allows the user to select the printer that they want to print
    ' to, as well as other printing options.
    Private Sub btnPrintDialog_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnPrintDialog.Click
        Dim dialog As New PrintDialog()
        dialog.Document = pdoc

        If dialog.ShowDialog = DialogResult.OK Then
        End If
    End Sub

    ' The PrintPreviewDialog is associated with the PrintDocument as the preview is
    ' rendered, the PrintPage event is triggered. This event is passed a graphics
    ' context where it "draws" the page.
    Private Sub btnPrintPreview_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnPrintPreview.Click
        Dim ppd As New PrintPreviewDialog()
            ppd.Document = pdoc
        Catch exp As Exception
            MessageBox.Show("An error occurred while trying to load the " & _
                "document for Print Preview. Make sure you currently have " & _
                "access to a printer. A printer must be connected and " & _
                "accessible for Print Preview to work.", Me.Text, _
                 MessageBoxButtons.OK, MessageBoxIcon.Error)
        End Try
    End Sub

    ' Page setup lets you specify things like the paper size, portrait,
    ' landscape, etc.
    Private Sub btnPageSetup_Click(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles btnPageSetup.Click
        Dim psd As New PageSetupDialog()
        With psd
            .Document = pdoc
            .PageSettings = pdoc.DefaultPageSettings
        End With

        If psd.ShowDialog = DialogResult.OK Then
            pdoc.DefaultPageSettings = psd.PageSettings
        End If
    End Sub

    ' Handles the Form's Load event, initializing the TextBox with some text
    ' for printing.
    Private Sub frmMain_Load(ByVal sender As System.Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs) Handles MyBase.Load
        txtDocument.Text = _
        "==================================================" & vbCrLf & _
        "     Col1     |     Col2     |     Col3     |" & vbCrLf & _
        "==================================================" & vbCrLf & _
        "      1       |      2       |     Iouri    |" & vbCrLf & _
        "      1       |      2       |     Iouri    |" & vbCrLf & _
        "      1       |      2       |     Iouri    |" & vbCrLf & _
        "      1       |      2       |     Iouri    |"

    End Sub

    ' PrintPage is the foundational printing event. This event gets fired for every
    ' page that will be printed. You could also handle the BeginPrint and EndPrint
    ' events for more control.
    Private Sub pdoc_PrintPage(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.Drawing.Printing.PrintPageEventArgs) Handles pdoc.PrintPage
        ' Declare a variable to hold the position of the last printed char. Declare
        ' as static so that subsequent PrintPage events can reference it.
        Static intCurrentChar As Int32
        ' Initialize the font to be used for printing.(see on the top)
        Dim font As New font(sFontname, iFontSize)

        Dim intPrintAreaHeight, intPrintAreaWidth, marginLeft, marginTop As Int32
        With pdoc.DefaultPageSettings
            ' Initialize local variables that contain the bounds of the printing
            ' area rectangle.
            intPrintAreaHeight = .PaperSize.Height - .Margins.Top - .Margins.Bottom
            intPrintAreaWidth = .PaperSize.Width - .Margins.Left - .Margins.Right

            ' Initialize local variables to hold margin values that will serve
            ' as the X and Y coordinates for the upper left corner of the printing
            ' area rectangle.
            marginLeft = .Margins.Left ' X coordinate
            marginTop = .Margins.Top ' Y coordinate
        End With

        ' If the user selected Landscape mode, swap the printing area height
        ' and width.
        If pdoc.DefaultPageSettings.Landscape Then
            Dim intTemp As Int32
            intTemp = intPrintAreaHeight
            intPrintAreaHeight = intPrintAreaWidth
            intPrintAreaWidth = intTemp
        End If

        ' Calculate the total number of lines in the document based on the height of
        ' the printing area and the height of the font.
        Dim intLineCount As Int32 = CInt(intPrintAreaHeight / font.Height)
        ' Initialize the rectangle structure that defines the printing area.
        Dim rectPrintingArea As New RectangleF(marginLeft, marginTop, intPrintAreaWidth, intPrintAreaHeight)

        ' Instantiate the StringFormat class, which encapsulates text layout
        ' information (such as alignment and line spacing), display manipulations
        ' (such as ellipsis insertion and national digit substitution) and OpenType
        ' features. Use of StringFormat causes MeasureString and DrawString to use
        ' only an integer number of lines when printing each page, ignoring partial
        ' lines that would otherwise likely be printed if the number of lines per
        ' page do not divide up cleanly for each page (which is usually the case).
        ' See further discussion in the SDK documentation about StringFormatFlags.
        Dim fmt As New StringFormat(StringFormatFlags.LineLimit)
        ' Call MeasureString to determine the number of characters that will fit in
        ' the printing area rectangle. The CharFitted Int32 is passed ByRef and used
        ' later when calculating intCurrentChar and thus HasMorePages. LinesFilled
        ' is not needed for this sample but must be passed when passing CharsFitted.
        ' Mid is used to pass the segment of remaining text left off from the
        ' previous page of printing (recall that intCurrentChar was declared as
        ' static.
        Dim intLinesFilled, intCharsFitted As Int32
        e.Graphics.MeasureString(Mid(txtDocument.Text, intCurrentChar + 1), font, _
                    New SizeF(intPrintAreaWidth, intPrintAreaHeight), fmt, _
                    intCharsFitted, intLinesFilled)

        ' Print the text to the page.
        e.Graphics.DrawString(Mid(txtDocument.Text, intCurrentChar + 1), font, _
            Brushes.Black, rectPrintingArea, fmt)

        ' Advance the current char to the last char printed on this page. As
        ' intCurrentChar is a static variable, its value can be used for the next
        ' page to be printed. It is advanced by 1 and passed to Mid() to print the
        ' next page (see above in MeasureString()).
        intCurrentChar += intCharsFitted

        ' HasMorePages tells the printing module whether another PrintPage event
        ' should be fired.
        If intCurrentChar < txtDocument.Text.Length Then
            e.HasMorePages = True
            e.HasMorePages = False
            ' You must explicitly reset intCurrentChar as it is static.
            intCurrentChar = 0
        End If
    End Sub
End Class

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