how can i view pdf file to windows form in C#.net windows application ??

Posted on 2011-03-10
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i want to know that how can i view pdf file to windows form in C#.net windows application ??

which control i should use ??
Question by:Parth48

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mayank_joshi earned 2000 total points
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you can use System.Diagnostics.Process.Start as well as WIN32 ShellExecute function by means of interop, for opening PDF files using the default viewer:


[System.Runtime.InteropServices.DllImport("shell32. dll")]
private static extern long ShellExecute(Int32 hWnd, string lpOperation, 
                                    string lpFile, string lpParameters, 
                                        string lpDirectory, long nShowCmd);

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Another approach is to place a WebBrowser Control into your Form and then use the Navigate method for opening the PDF file:


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in addition to the two methods i explained there is another method  by using Adobe Acrobat as a COM reference.

To use the Reader control, first make sure that you have downloaded and installed the free Acrobat Reader from Adobe.

Step 2 is to add the control to the VB.NET Toolbox. Open VB.NET and start a standard Windows application. (Microsoft's "next generation" of presentation, WPF, doesn't work with this control yet. Sorry!) To do that, right-click on any tab (such as "Common Controls") and select "Choose Items ..." from the context menu that pops up. Select the "COM Components" tab and click the checkbox beside "Adobe PDF Reader" and click OK. You should be able to scroll down to the "Controls" tab in the Toolbox and see the "Adobe PDF Reader" there.

Now just drag the control to your Windows Form in the design window and size it appropriately.add this code to the form Load event procedure:

 private AxAcroPDFLib.AxAcroPDF axAcroPDF1;

this.axAcroPDF1 = new AxAcroPDFLib.AxAcroPDF();
                this.axAcroPDF1.Dock = System.Windows.Forms.DockStyle.Fill;
                this.axAcroPDF1.Enabled = true;

                this.axAcroPDF1.Name = "axAcroPDF1";
                this.axAcroPDF1.OcxState = ((System.Windows.Forms.AxHost.State)(resources.GetObject("axAcroPDF1.OcxState")));

                        axAcroPDF1.Visible = true;

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Just use a webBrowser control.  Then use the following code:
string path = "Your Path To The PDF";
Uri thePath = new Uri(path);
webBrowser.Url = thePath;

That will open the PDF "in" the form.

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If Acrobate reader installed, you can launch it with this method :

        public static void StartProcess(string fileName)
            System.Diagnostics.Process proc = new System.Diagnostics.Process();
            // Name of the file to open
            proc.StartInfo.FileName = fileName;
            proc.Close(); // Close don't stop the process

call :

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hi @mayank_joshi: which method is better ?

can u please tell me ?

Expert Comment

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the most convenient method is using web browser control.

i would rank the methods as follows:-

1) Web Browser Control
2) Adobe Acrobat COM reference
3) use System.Diagnostics.Process.Start

 Adobe Acrobat COM is better than  System.Diagnostics.Process.Start beacuse it displays PDF
within the application unlike the other which displays PDF as separate file using the default viewer.


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