VB.Net - PrintDialog Control
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:
Properties of the PrintDialog Control
The following are some of the commonly used properties of the PrintDialog control:
|1||AllowCurrentPage||Gets or sets a value indicating whether the Current Page option button is displayed.|
|2||AllowPrintToFile||Gets or sets a value indicating whether the Print to file check box is enabled.|
|3||AllowSelection||Gets or sets a value indicating whether the Selection option button is enabled.|
|4||AllowSomePages||Gets or sets a value indicating whether the Pages option button is enabled.|
|5||Document||Gets or sets a value indicating the PrintDocument used to obtain PrinterSettings.|
|6||PrinterSettings||Gets or sets the printer settings the dialog box modifies.|
|7||PrintToFile||Gets or sets a value indicating whether the Print to file check box is selected.|
|8||ShowHelp||Gets or sets a value indicating whether the Help button is displayed.|
|9||ShowNetwork||Gets or sets a value indicating whether the Network button is displayed.|
Methods of the PrintDialog Control
The following are some of the commonly used methods of the PrintDialog control:
|S.N||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 following window:
Click the Print button to make the Print dialog box appear.