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I have a support/development system on my website which i use as a charging method. I want to be able to print to a local printer for inclusion on the invoice i send my client.
I realise the server-side issues but want to overcome this.
If this is not possible to achieve easily I would like recommendations of an EASY and INEXPENSIVE product that I can purchase to achieve this.
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by:sybe
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What is wrong with CTRL-P? Or do you want others to print on your printer?
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I want to be able to print my own design ... not a screen dump
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You could make a special print (ASP-)page for that. Or have a CSS for printing. But how is this related to the issue of printing to your local printer?
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ok ... presently i read an access database and present relevant datat  to the screen. I want a Print Screen Button that I can utilise to print directly on the printer but not a screen dump.
I have no idea how to go about it so asking me questions is rather useless ... i need examples or recommendations.
I have googled all over the place and the general advice is to purchase a module.
I want to be able to control form feeds, tabls, etc.
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sybe earned 1000 total points
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Probably we misunderstand each other.

My idea is that every browser has the option to print the current page (CTRL-P, and it is also under the "File" menu").
That will just print the current page. If you want to have a nice print, you can make an ASP-page that displays the information in a printable way. That is not a screen dump. A screendump is done with the "Print Screen" button, and that is quite different from CTRl-P.

Also it is possible to have a special CSS-style for printing in the page (which differs from the CSS-stylesheet for display on the screen).
http://www.alistapart.com/articles/goingtoprint/
http://www.digital-web.com/articles/css_styling_for_print_and_other_media/


This solution is so simple, that nobody writes a manual for that. Only people who want to make money advertize a "module" which you then can purchase.

And even, if you are not totally satisfied with the output of the printable ASP page, you can always copy/paste it into an office document and do some editing and formatting.

Copy/paste into an office document goes like this:
CTRL-A on the page in the browser will select the whole page
CTRL-C will copy that to the clipboard
Opening a new office document and then doing CTRL-V will paste the contents of the clipboard into your new document.

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