The PrintDialog control lets the user to print documents by selecting a printer and choosing which sections of the document to print from a Windows Forms application.
There are various other controls related to printing of documents. Let us have a brief look at these controls and their purpose. These other controls are −
The PrintDocument control − it provides support for actual events and operations of printing in Visual Basic and sets the properties for printing.
The PrinterSettings control − it is used to configure how a document is printed by specifying the printer.
The PageSetUpDialog control − it allows the user to specify page-related print settings including page orientation, paper size and margin size.
The PrintPreviewControl control − it represents the raw preview part of print previewing from a Windows Forms application, without any dialog boxes or buttons.
The PrintPreviewDialog control − it represents a dialog box form that contains a PrintPreviewControl for printing from a Windows Forms application.
Following is the Print dialog box −
The following are some of the commonly used properties of the PrintDialog control −
|Sr.No.||Property & Description|
Gets or sets a value indicating whether the Current Page option button is displayed.
Gets or sets a value indicating whether the Print to file check box is enabled.
Gets or sets a value indicating whether the Selection option button is enabled.
Gets or sets a value indicating whether the Pages option button is enabled.
Gets or sets a value indicating the PrintDocument used to obtain PrinterSettings.
Gets or sets the printer settings the dialog box modifies.
Gets or sets a value indicating whether the Print to file check box is selected.
Gets or sets a value indicating whether the Help button is displayed.
Gets or sets a value indicating whether the Network button is displayed.
The following are some of the commonly used methods of the PrintDialog control −
|Sr.No.||Method Name & Description|
Resets all options to their default values.
When overridden in a derived class, specifies a common dialog box.
Runs a common dialog box with a default owner.
In this example, let us see how to show a Print dialog box in a form. Take the following steps −
Add a PrintDocument control, a PrintDialog control and a Button control on the form. The PrintDocument and the PrintDialog controls are found on the Print category of the controls toolbox.
Change the text of the button to 'Print'.
Double-click the Print button and modify the code of the Click event as shown −
Private Sub Button1_Click(sender As Object, e As EventArgs) Handles Button1.Click PrintDialog1.Document = PrintDocument1 PrintDialog1.PrinterSettings = PrintDocument1.PrinterSettings PrintDialog1.AllowSomePages = True If PrintDialog1.ShowDialog = DialogResult.OK Then PrintDocument1.PrinterSettings = PrintDialog1.PrinterSettings PrintDocument1.Print() End If End Sub
When the application is compiled and run using Start button available at the Microsoft Visual Studio tool bar, it will show the following window −
Click the Print button to make the Print dialog box appear.