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VB 6.0 printer how to align

Posted on 2016-09-18
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hi,

if I need to use VB 6.0 printer.print function to print like this with POS printer, how can I make QTY Description left align, and Price Right Align?
i have tried use space to make the price right align, but it didn't work.
thanks


QTY   DESCRIPTION     PRICE
   1      myinfo                  $9.20
   2      myinfo2             $19.30
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Question by:Simon Chen
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>tried use space to make the price right align, but it didn't work.

for that to work properly, each character needs to take the same space so a mono-spaced font such as Courier needs to be used
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by:Simon Chen
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how to make it as same space?

here is what I have done:

Chdetail = QTY + Detial, less than 18 then add " " ,and finally add price.

For DetailLen = 1 To 18 - Len(ChDetail)
 chdetail1 = ChDetail + " "
                                     
Next DetailLen

Chdetail1=chdetail1+ price
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Martin Liss earned 500 total points
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You can use Printer.CurrentX to solve your problem without using a mono-spaced font.

Dim curValue As Currency
Const COL1 = 1000
Const COL2 = 2500
Const COL3 = 5000

Printer.CurrentX = COL1
Printer.Print "QTY";
Printer.CurrentX = COL2
Printer.Print "DESCRIPTION";
' Adjust this line to get "PRICE" where you want it
Printer.CurrentX = COL3 - Printer.TextWidth("PRICE")
Printer.Print "PRICE"

Printer.CurrentX = COL1
Printer.Print "1";
Printer.CurrentX = COL2
Printer.Print "myinfo";
curValue = 9.2
Printer.CurrentX = COL3 - Printer.TextWidth(curValue)
Printer.Print Format(curValue, "$.00")

Printer.CurrentX = COL1
Printer.Print "2";
Printer.CurrentX = COL2
Printer.Print "myinfo2";
curValue = 19.3
Printer.CurrentX = COL3 - Printer.TextWidth(curValue)
Printer.Print Format(curValue, "$.00")

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by:Simon Chen
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good example
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by:Martin Liss
ID: 41804883
You could modify the above to print the numbers as String (you might have to use CStr() )

Const COL1 = 1000
Const COL2 = 2500
Const COL3 = 5000

Printer.CurrentX = COL1
Printer.Print "QTY";
Printer.CurrentX = COL2
Printer.Print "DESCRIPTION";
Printer.CurrentX = COL3 - Printer.TextWidth("PRICE")
Printer.Print "PRICE"

Printer.CurrentX = COL1
Printer.Print "1";
Printer.CurrentX = COL2
Printer.Print "myinfo";
Printer.CurrentX = COL3 - Printer.TextWidth("$9.20")
Printer.Print "$9.20"

Printer.CurrentX = COL1
Printer.Print "2";
Printer.CurrentX = COL2
Printer.Print "myinfo2";
Printer.CurrentX = COL3 - Printer.TextWidth("$19.30")
Printer.Print "$19.30"

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Thanks and I'm glad I was able to help.

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