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Print DataGridView

Posted on 2006-05-18
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Last Modified: 2008-01-09
I have a c# windows program which will query data from database, and show it on the dataGridView
I want to create a button so that I can click on the button to print the dataGridView or dataTable
how can I do that?

Question by:Vik Shah
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Expert Comment

ID: 16710957
you will have to do all your drawing by yourself using the graphics object if a printdocument.
to get more information, which objects you need to get to the point, where you have to to your drawing, take a look at this link:

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by:Vik Shah
ID: 16711433
I check the link, I have a similar c# code sample from same editor (Michael Gold)
 I  look at the code, it uses DataGrid instead of DataGridView
and DataSet instead of DataTable. I modify the code to use DataGridView and DataTable.

The structure of my program is :
Several DataGridViews in a  windows form ,
Each of them has a DataTable as DataSource
Next to each view, there is a print button
the print button will call
            dataGridPrinter1 = new DataGridPrinter(DataGridView1, printDocument1, DataTable1);
            dataGridPrinter1.PageNumber = 1;
            dataGridPrinter1.RowCount = 0;
            if (printDialog1.ShowDialog() == DialogResult.OK)

but when I try to preview or print, it only shows a blank page.

What could possibly go wrong?

Thanks a lot

By the way,  are you Michael Gold ?
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vo1d earned 300 total points
ID: 16711656
no, im not michael gold :)
you only got a blanc page because you did not draw your grid. you must
use the printpage event of the printdocument like this and make your drawing of all the grid data
in his example, it looks like that:

private void printDocument1_PrintPage(object sender, System.Drawing.Printing.PrintPageEventArgs e)
  Graphics g = e.Graphics;
// Draw  a label title for the grid

// draw the datagrid using the DrawDataGrid method passing the Graphics surface
  bool more = dataGridPrinter1.DrawDataGrid(g);

// if there are more pages, set the flag to cause the form to trigger another print page event
  if (more == true)
     e.HasMorePages = true;

DrawTopLabel and dataGridPrinter1.DrawDataGrid are some methods, which draws all the data into the printdocument graphics obect, in hsi example called 'g'.
so you will have to implement that methods too.

Expert Comment

ID: 16711915
Try out to use Microsoft Reporting Services.
It gives you a lot of flexibility and you don't need to paint it yourself.

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salan_alani earned 450 total points
ID: 16724184
I posted a C# class to print a DataGridView, have a look to the article, class (.cs) file, and a demo project in the following url:


Hope it will help you..


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