Module: VB_Printer in Category Microsoft Visual Basic 6 : Printing from Total Visual SourceBook

Enhanced features for working with Printers in Visual Basic 6 (VB6).

Procedure Name Type Description
(Declarations) Declarations Declarations and private variables for the modVB_Printer module.
PrinterListToArray Procedure Populate a passed array with a list of the current printer devices on the system.
PrinterListToControl Procedure Populate a passed list box or combo box with a list of the current printer devices on the system. If you pass anything other than a list box or a combo box to this procedure, it simply exits.
PrinterSetDefault Procedure Set the application's default printer to the selected device. The strDeviceName is the name of the printer as it is known on your system. You can loop through the Printers collection to obtain a list of the valid printer DeviceNames on your system.
PrintRTFControl Procedure Print the contents of a RichTextBox. The RichTextBox control includes a method, SelPrint, to print the contents of the control. This method is of limited value because it does not let you print custom headers and footers. The PrintRTFControl procedure is designed specifically to allow the printing of custom headers and footers. This procedure requires a reference to "Microsoft Rich Textbox Control" in order to compile. This reference is automatically added when you insert an RTF control onto a form.
' Example of the modVB_Printer module for Visual Basic 6
' To use this example:
' 1. Create a new form
' 2. Create a command button called 'cmdTest'
' 3. Create a list box called 'lstPrinters'
' 4. Create a combo box called 'cboPrinters'
' 5. Create a Rich Text control called 'rtfTest'
' 6. Paste the entire contents of this module into the new form's module

Private Sub cmdTest_Click()
  Static astrPrinters() As String
  Dim intCounter As Integer

  ' Example of PrinterListToArray
  PrinterListToArray astrPrinters

  ' print the list to the Immediate Window to verify that the array was populated
  For intCounter = 0 To UBound(astrPrinters)
    Debug.Print astrPrinters(intCounter)
  Next intCounter

  ' Example of PrinterListToControl
  ' Load the list of printers into a list box and a combo box
  PrinterListToControl lstPrinters
  PrinterListToControl cboPrinters

  ' Example of PrinterSetDefault
  ' Take the first printer in the list and make it the default printer
  ' Uncomment the following line of code to change the default printer
  ' PrinterSetDefault lstPrinters.List(0)

  Printer.Print lstPrinters.List(0)

  ' Example of PrintRTFControl
  PrintRTFControl rtfTest, 1440, "PrintRTFControl Example", "", Me.Font

End Sub

Private Sub Form_Load()
  Dim strCopy As String
  Dim intCounter As Integer

  ' Generate some RTF text
  With rtfTest
    .Text = ""
    .SelBold = True
    .SelText = "Now "
    .SelBold = False
    .SelText = "is the "
    .SelItalic = True
    .SelText = "time "
    .SelItalic = False
    .SelText = "for all good men to come to the aid of their country. "

    .SelStart = 0
    .SelLength = Len(.Text)

    strCopy = .SelRTF
    .SelStart = .SelLength

    For intCounter = 1 To 10
      .SelRTF = strCopy
    Next intCounter

  End With

  cmdTest.Caption = "Printer"

End Sub

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