How To Capture and Print the Screen, a Form, or Any Window

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This article shows how to capture any form or window including the screen into a Visual Basic Picture object. Once the on-screen image is captured in the Picture object, it can easily be printed using the PaintPicture method of the Visual Basic Printer object.

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The included example provides several useful routines for capturing images. All of the routines have been written to work under both 16- and 32-bit Windows platforms and they contain full palette support. The routines in the example can:
  • Capture the entire contents of a form.
  • Capture the client area of a form.
  • Capture the entire screen.
  • Capture the active window on the screen.
  • Capture any portion of any window given a handle to it.
  • Create a Picture object from a bitmap and a palette.
  • Print a Picture object as large as possible on the page.
Visual Basic 4.0 introduced a new Picture object. The Picture object is actually a standard OLE type and it is documented in the Control Developer's Kit (CDK.)

The CDK includes the function OleCreatePictureIndirect that you can use to construct new Picture objects from Visual Basic 4.0. The routine CreateBitmapPicture in the example calls OleCreatePictureIndirect to build a Picture object from a handle to a bitmap and a handle to a palette. If the Picture includes a valid palette, Visual Basic will know to use it when rendering the Picture to the screen or printer. The CreateBitmapPicture routine is used by the CaptureWindow routine to construct Picture objects containing a bitmap of a part or all of a window.

The CaptureWindow routine in the example captures any portion of a window given a window handle. The routine includes several parameters for describing the exact portion of the window to capture. Capture Window works by copying the on-screen image of a window into a new bitmap. It also checks to see if the screen has a palette and if so it makes a copy of it. CaptureWindow then calls CreateBitmapPicture to construct a bitmap from the newly created bitmap and palette.

The CaptureForm, CaptureClient, CaptureScreen, and CaptureActiveWindow routines included in the example all use CaptureWindow to capture specific windows. CaptureForm and CaptureClient both call Capture window and pass it the hWnd property of a Form object. CaptureScreen simply gets the handle to the desk top window and calls CaptureWindow. Similarly, CaptureActiveWindow just gets the window handle of the active window and calls CaptureWindow.

Once the desired image is captured in a Picture object, it is easy to print in Visual Basic 4.0 using the PaintPicture method of the Printer object. The example provides the routine PrintPictureToFitPage that uses the PaintPictureMethod to print the captured images as large as possible in the printable area of the page.

Example

  1. Start a new project. Form1 is created by default.
  2. Place six CommandButtons on the form along the left side.
  3. Place one picture box on the form to the right of the buttons.
  4. Put the following code in Form1:
          '--------------------------------------------------------------------
          ' Capture the entire screen.
    
          Private Sub Command1_Click()
             Set Picture1.Picture = CaptureScreen()
          End Sub
    
          ' Capture the entire form including title and border.
          Private Sub Command2_Click()
             Set Picture1.Picture = CaptureForm(Me)
          End Sub
    
          ' Capture the client area of the form.
          Private Sub Command3_Click()
             Set Picture1.Picture = CaptureClient(Me)
          End Sub
    
          ' Capture the active window after two seconds.
          Private Sub Command4_Click()
             MsgBox "Two seconds after you close this dialog " & _
                "the active window will be captured."
    
             ' Wait for two seconds.
             Dim EndTime As Date
             EndTime = DateAdd("s", 2, Now)
             Do Until Now > EndTime
                DoEvents
             Loop
    
             Set Picture1.Picture = CaptureActiveWindow()
    
             ' Set focus back to form.
             Me.SetFocus
          End Sub
    
          ' Print the current contents of the picture box.
          Private Sub Command5_Click()
             PrintPictureToFitPage Printer, Picture1.Picture
             Printer.EndDoc
          End Sub
    
          ' Clear out the picture box.
          Private Sub Command6_Click()
             Set Picture1.Picture = Nothing
          End Sub
    
          ' Initialize the form and controls.
          Private Sub Form_Load()
             Me.Caption = "Capture and Print Example"
             Command1.Caption = "&Screen"
             Command2.Caption = "&Form"
             Command3.Caption = "&Client"
             Command4.Caption = "&Active"
             Command5.Caption = "&Print"
             Command6.Caption = "C&lear"
             Picture1.AutoSize = True
          End Sub
          '--------------------------------------------------------------------
    
    					
  5. Add a new standard module to the project (module1 by default).
  6. Put the following code in the new module:
          '--------------------------------------------------------------------
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          '
          ' Visual Basic 4.0 16/32 Capture Routines
          '
          ' This module contains several routines for capturing windows into a
          ' picture.  All the routines work on both 16 and 32 bit Windows
          ' platforms.
          ' The routines also have palette support.
          '
          ' CreateBitmapPicture - Creates a picture object from a bitmap and
          ' palette.
          ' CaptureWindow - Captures any window given a window handle.
          ' CaptureActiveWindow - Captures the active window on the desktop.
          ' CaptureForm - Captures the entire form.
          ' CaptureClient - Captures the client area of a form.
          ' CaptureScreen - Captures the entire screen.
          ' PrintPictureToFitPage - prints any picture as big as possible on
          ' the page.
          '
          ' NOTES
          '    - No error trapping is included in these routines.
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          '
          Option Explicit
          Option Base 0
    
          Private Type PALETTEENTRY
             peRed As Byte
             peGreen As Byte
             peBlue As Byte
             peFlags As Byte
          End Type
    
          Private Type LOGPALETTE
             palVersion As Integer
             palNumEntries As Integer
             palPalEntry(255) As PALETTEENTRY  ' Enough for 256 colors.
          End Type
    
          Private Type GUID
             Data1 As Long
             Data2 As Integer
             Data3 As Integer
             Data4(7) As Byte
          End Type
    
          #If Win32 Then
    
             Private Const RASTERCAPS As Long = 38
             Private Const RC_PALETTE As Long = &H100
             Private Const SIZEPALETTE As Long = 104
    
             Private Type RECT
                Left As Long
                Top As Long
                Right As Long
                Bottom As Long
             End Type
    
             Private Declare Function CreateCompatibleDC Lib "GDI32" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Long) As Long
             Private Declare Function CreateCompatibleBitmap Lib "GDI32" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Long, ByVal nWidth As Long, _
                ByVal nHeight As Long) As Long
             Private Declare Function GetDeviceCaps Lib "GDI32" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Long, ByVal iCapabilitiy As Long) As Long
             Private Declare Function GetSystemPaletteEntries Lib "GDI32" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Long, ByVal wStartIndex As Long, _
                ByVal wNumEntries As Long, lpPaletteEntries As PALETTEENTRY) _
                As Long
             Private Declare Function CreatePalette Lib "GDI32" ( _
                lpLogPalette As LOGPALETTE) As Long
             Private Declare Function SelectObject Lib "GDI32" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Long, ByVal hObject As Long) As Long
             Private Declare Function BitBlt Lib "GDI32" ( _
                ByVal hDCDest As Long, ByVal XDest As Long, _
                ByVal YDest As Long, ByVal nWidth As Long, _
                ByVal nHeight As Long, ByVal hDCSrc As Long, _
                ByVal XSrc As Long, ByVal YSrc As Long, ByVal dwRop As Long) _
                As Long
             Private Declare Function DeleteDC Lib "GDI32" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Long) As Long
             Private Declare Function GetForegroundWindow Lib "USER32" () _
                As Long
             Private Declare Function SelectPalette Lib "GDI32" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Long, ByVal hPalette As Long, _
                ByVal bForceBackground As Long) As Long
             Private Declare Function RealizePalette Lib "GDI32" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Long) As Long
             Private Declare Function GetWindowDC Lib "USER32" ( _
                ByVal hWnd As Long) As Long
             Private Declare Function GetDC Lib "USER32" ( _
                ByVal hWnd As Long) As Long
             Private Declare Function GetWindowRect Lib "USER32" ( _
                ByVal hWnd As Long, lpRect As RECT) As Long
             Private Declare Function ReleaseDC Lib "USER32" ( _
                ByVal hWnd As Long, ByVal hDC As Long) As Long
             Private Declare Function GetDesktopWindow Lib "USER32" () As Long
    
             Private Type PicBmp
                Size As Long
                Type As Long
                hBmp As Long
                hPal As Long
                Reserved As Long
             End Type
    
             Private Declare Function OleCreatePictureIndirect _
                Lib "olepro32.dll" ( PicDesc As PicBmp, RefIID As GUID, _
                ByVal fPictureOwnsHandle As Long, IPic As IPicture) As Long
    
          #ElseIf Win16 Then
    
             Private Const RASTERCAPS As Integer = 38
             Private Const RC_PALETTE As Integer = &H100
             Private Const SIZEPALETTE As Integer = 104
    
             Private Type RECT
                Left As Integer
                Top As Integer
                Right As Integer
                Bottom As Integer
             End Type
    
             Private Declare Function CreateCompatibleDC Lib "GDI" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Integer) As Integer
             Private Declare Function CreateCompatibleBitmap Lib "GDI" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Integer, ByVal nWidth As Integer, _
                ByVal nHeight As Integer) As Integer
             Private Declare Function GetDeviceCaps Lib "GDI" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Integer, ByVal iCapabilitiy As Integer) As Integer
             Private Declare Function GetSystemPaletteEntries Lib "GDI" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Integer, ByVal wStartIndex As Integer, _
                ByVal wNumEntries As Integer, _
                lpPaletteEntries As PALETTEENTRY) As Integer
             Private Declare Function CreatePalette Lib "GDI" ( _
                lpLogPalette As LOGPALETTE) As Integer
             Private Declare Function SelectObject Lib "GDI" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Integer, ByVal hObject As Integer) As Integer
             Private Declare Function BitBlt Lib "GDI" ( _
                ByVal hDCDest As Integer, ByVal XDest As Integer, _
                ByVal YDest As Integer, ByVal nWidth As Integer, _
                ByVal nHeight As Integer, ByVal hDCSrc As Integer, _
                ByVal XSrc As Integer, ByVal YSrc As Integer, _
                ByVal dwRop As Long) As Integer
             Private Declare Function DeleteDC Lib "GDI" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Integer) As Integer
             Private Declare Function GetForegroundWindow Lib "USER" _
                Alias "GetActiveWindow" () As Integer
             Private Declare Function SelectPalette Lib "USER" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Integer, ByVal hPalette As Integer, ByVal _
                bForceBackground As Integer) As Integer
             Private Declare Function RealizePalette Lib "USER" ( _
                ByVal hDC As Integer) As Integer
             Private Declare Function GetWindowDC Lib "USER" ( _
                ByVal hWnd As Integer) As Integer
             Private Declare Function GetDC Lib "USER" ( _
                ByVal hWnd As Integer) As Integer
             Private Declare Function GetWindowRect Lib "USER" ( _
                ByVal hWnd As Integer, lpRect As RECT) As Integer
             Private Declare Function ReleaseDC Lib "USER" ( _
                ByVal hWnd As Integer, ByVal hDC As Integer) As Integer
             Private Declare Function GetDesktopWindow Lib "USER" () As Integer
    
             Private Type PicBmp
                Size As Integer
                Type As Integer
                hBmp As Integer
                hPal As Integer
                Reserved As Integer
             End Type
    
             Private Declare Function OleCreatePictureIndirect _
                Lib "oc25.dll" ( PictDesc As PicBmp, RefIID As GUID, _
                ByVal fPictureOwnsHandle As Integer, IPic As IPicture) _
                As Integer
    
          #End If
    
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          '
          ' CreateBitmapPicture
          '    - Creates a bitmap type Picture object from a bitmap and
          '      palette.
          '
          ' hBmp
          '    - Handle to a bitmap.
          '
          ' hPal
          '    - Handle to a Palette.
          '    - Can be null if the bitmap doesn't use a palette.
          '
          ' Returns
          '    - Returns a Picture object containing the bitmap.
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          '
          #If Win32 Then
             Public Function CreateBitmapPicture(ByVal hBmp As Long, _
                ByVal hPal As Long) As Picture
    
                Dim r As Long
          #ElseIf Win16 Then
             Public Function CreateBitmapPicture(ByVal hBmp As Integer, _
                ByVal hPal As Integer) As Picture
    
                Dim r As Integer
          #End If
             Dim Pic As PicBmp
             ' IPicture requires a reference to "Standard OLE Types."
             Dim IPic As IPicture
             Dim IID_IDispatch As GUID
    
             ' Fill in with IDispatch Interface ID.
             With IID_IDispatch
                .Data1 = &H20400
                .Data4(0) = &HC0
                .Data4(7) = &H46
             End With
    
             ' Fill Pic with necessary parts.
             With Pic
                .Size = Len(Pic)          ' Length of structure.
                .Type = vbPicTypeBitmap   ' Type of Picture (bitmap).
                .hBmp = hBmp              ' Handle to bitmap.
                .hPal = hPal              ' Handle to palette (may be null).
             End With
    
             ' Create Picture object.
             r = OleCreatePictureIndirect(Pic, IID_IDispatch, 1, IPic)
    
             ' Return the new Picture object.
             Set CreateBitmapPicture = IPic
          End Function
    
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          '
          ' CaptureWindow
          '    - Captures any portion of a window.
          '
          ' hWndSrc
          '    - Handle to the window to be captured.
          '
          ' Client
          '    - If True CaptureWindow captures from the client area of the
          '      window.
          '    - If False CaptureWindow captures from the entire window.
          '
          ' LeftSrc, TopSrc, WidthSrc, HeightSrc
          '    - Specify the portion of the window to capture.
          '    - Dimensions need to be specified in pixels.
          '
          ' Returns
          '    - Returns a Picture object containing a bitmap of the specified
          '      portion of the window that was captured.
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          ''''''
          '
          #If Win32 Then
             Public Function CaptureWindow(ByVal hWndSrc As Long, _
                ByVal Client As Boolean, ByVal LeftSrc As Long, _
                ByVal TopSrc As Long, ByVal WidthSrc As Long, _
                ByVal HeightSrc As Long) As Picture
    
                Dim hDCMemory As Long
                Dim hBmp As Long
                Dim hBmpPrev As Long
                Dim r As Long
                Dim hDCSrc As Long
                Dim hPal As Long
                Dim hPalPrev As Long
                Dim RasterCapsScrn As Long
                Dim HasPaletteScrn As Long
                Dim PaletteSizeScrn As Long
          #ElseIf Win16 Then
             Public Function CaptureWindow(ByVal hWndSrc As Integer, _
                ByVal Client As Boolean, ByVal LeftSrc As Integer, _
                ByVal TopSrc As Integer, ByVal WidthSrc As Long, _
                ByVal HeightSrc As Long) As Picture
    
                Dim hDCMemory As Integer
                Dim hBmp As Integer
                Dim hBmpPrev As Integer
                Dim r As Integer
                Dim hDCSrc As Integer
                Dim hPal As Integer
                Dim hPalPrev As Integer
                Dim RasterCapsScrn As Integer
                Dim HasPaletteScrn As Integer
                Dim PaletteSizeScrn As Integer
          #End If
             Dim LogPal As LOGPALETTE
    
             ' Depending on the value of Client get the proper device context.
             If Client Then
                hDCSrc = GetDC(hWndSrc) ' Get device context for client area.
             Else
                hDCSrc = GetWindowDC(hWndSrc) ' Get device context for entire
                                              ' window.
             End If
    
             ' Create a memory device context for the copy process.
             hDCMemory = CreateCompatibleDC(hDCSrc)
             ' Create a bitmap and place it in the memory DC.
             hBmp = CreateCompatibleBitmap(hDCSrc, WidthSrc, HeightSrc)
             hBmpPrev = SelectObject(hDCMemory, hBmp)
    
             ' Get screen properties.
             RasterCapsScrn = GetDeviceCaps(hDCSrc, RASTERCAPS) ' Raster
                                                                ' capabilities.
             HasPaletteScrn = RasterCapsScrn And RC_PALETTE       ' Palette
                                                                  ' support.
             PaletteSizeScrn = GetDeviceCaps(hDCSrc, SIZEPALETTE) ' Size of
                                                                  ' palette.
    
             ' If the screen has a palette make a copy and realize it.
             If HasPaletteScrn And (PaletteSizeScrn = 256) Then
                ' Create a copy of the system palette.
                LogPal.palVersion = &H300
                LogPal.palNumEntries = 256
                r = GetSystemPaletteEntries(hDCSrc, 0, 256, _
                    LogPal.palPalEntry(0))
                hPal = CreatePalette(LogPal)
                ' Select the new palette into the memory DC and realize it.
                hPalPrev = SelectPalette(hDCMemory, hPal, 0)
                r = RealizePalette(hDCMemory)
             End If
    
             ' Copy the on-screen image into the memory DC.
             r = BitBlt(hDCMemory, 0, 0, WidthSrc, HeightSrc, hDCSrc, _
                LeftSrc, TopSrc, vbSrcCopy)
    
          ' Remove the new copy of the  on-screen image.
             hBmp = SelectObject(hDCMemory, hBmpPrev)
    
             ' If the screen has a palette get back the palette that was
             ' selected in previously.
             If HasPaletteScrn And (PaletteSizeScrn = 256) Then
                hPal = SelectPalette(hDCMemory, hPalPrev, 0)
             End If
    
             ' Release the device context resources back to the system.
             r = DeleteDC(hDCMemory)
             r = ReleaseDC(hWndSrc, hDCSrc)
    
             ' Call CreateBitmapPicture to create a picture object from the
             ' bitmap and palette handles. Then return the resulting picture
             ' object.
             Set CaptureWindow = CreateBitmapPicture(hBmp, hPal)
          End Function
    
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          '
          ' CaptureScreen
          '    - Captures the entire screen.
          '
          ' Returns
          '    - Returns a Picture object containing a bitmap of the screen.
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          '
          Public Function CaptureScreen() As Picture
             #If Win32 Then
                Dim hWndScreen As Long
             #ElseIf Win16 Then
                Dim hWndScreen As Integer
             #End If
    
             ' Get a handle to the desktop window.
             hWndScreen = GetDesktopWindow()
    
             ' Call CaptureWindow to capture the entire desktop give the handle
             ' and return the resulting Picture object.
    
             Set CaptureScreen = CaptureWindow(hWndScreen, False, 0, 0, _
                Screen.Width \ Screen.TwipsPerPixelX, _
                Screen.Height \ Screen.TwipsPerPixelY)
          End Function
    
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          '
          ' CaptureForm
          '    - Captures an entire form including title bar and border.
          '
          ' frmSrc
          '    - The Form object to capture.
          '
          ' Returns
          '    - Returns a Picture object containing a bitmap of the entire
          '      form.
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          '
          Public Function CaptureForm(frmSrc As Form) As Picture
             ' Call CaptureWindow to capture the entire form given its window
             ' handle and then return the resulting Picture object.
             Set CaptureForm = CaptureWindow(frmSrc.hWnd, False, 0, 0, _
                frmSrc.ScaleX(frmSrc.Width, vbTwips, vbPixels), _
                frmSrc.ScaleY(frmSrc.Height, vbTwips, vbPixels))
          End Function
    
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          '
          ' CaptureClient
          '    - Captures the client area of a form.
          '
          ' frmSrc
          '    - The Form object to capture.
          '
          ' Returns
          '    - Returns a Picture object containing a bitmap of the form's
          '      client area.
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          '
          Public Function CaptureClient(frmSrc As Form) As Picture
             ' Call CaptureWindow to capture the client area of the form given
             ' its window handle and return the resulting Picture object.
             Set CaptureClient = CaptureWindow(frmSrc.hWnd, True, 0, 0, _
                frmSrc.ScaleX(frmSrc.ScaleWidth, frmSrc.ScaleMode, vbPixels), _
                frmSrc.ScaleY(frmSrc.ScaleHeight, frmSrc.ScaleMode, vbPixels))
          End Function
    
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          '
          ' CaptureActiveWindow
          '    - Captures the currently active window on the screen.
          '
          ' Returns
          '    - Returns a Picture object containing a bitmap of the active
          '      window.
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          '
          Public Function CaptureActiveWindow() As Picture
             #If Win32 Then
                Dim hWndActive As Long
                Dim r As Long
             #ElseIf Win16 Then
                Dim hWndActive As Integer
                Dim r As Integer
             #End If
             Dim RectActive As RECT
    
             ' Get a handle to the active/foreground window.
             hWndActive = GetForegroundWindow()
    
             ' Get the dimensions of the window.
             r = GetWindowRect(hWndActive, RectActive)
    
             ' Call CaptureWindow to capture the active window given its
             ' handle and return the Resulting Picture object.
          Set CaptureActiveWindow = CaptureWindow(hWndActive, False, 0, 0, _
                RectActive.Right - RectActive.Left, _
                RectActive.Bottom - RectActive.Top)
          End Function
    
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          '
          ' PrintPictureToFitPage
          '    - Prints a Picture object as big as possible.
          '
          ' Prn
          '    - Destination Printer object.
          '
          ' Pic
          '    - Source Picture object.
          '''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''''
          '
          Public Sub PrintPictureToFitPage(Prn As Printer, Pic As Picture)
             Const vbHiMetric As Integer = 8
             Dim PicRatio As Double
             Dim PrnWidth As Double
             Dim PrnHeight As Double
             Dim PrnRatio As Double
             Dim PrnPicWidth As Double
             Dim PrnPicHeight As Double
    
             ' Determine if picture should be printed in landscape or portrait
             ' and set the orientation.
             If Pic.Height >= Pic.Width Then
                Prn.Orientation = vbPRORPortrait   ' Taller than wide.
             Else
                Prn.Orientation = vbPRORLandscape  ' Wider than tall.
             End If
    
             ' Calculate device independent Width-to-Height ratio for picture.
             PicRatio = Pic.Width / Pic.Height
    
             ' Calculate the dimentions of the printable area in HiMetric.
             PrnWidth = Prn.ScaleX(Prn.ScaleWidth, Prn.ScaleMode, vbHiMetric)
             PrnHeight = Prn.ScaleY(Prn.ScaleHeight, Prn.ScaleMode, vbHiMetric)
             ' Calculate device independent Width to Height ratio for printer.
             PrnRatio = PrnWidth / PrnHeight
    
             ' Scale the output to the printable area.
             If PicRatio >= PrnRatio Then
                ' Scale picture to fit full width of printable area.
                PrnPicWidth = Prn.ScaleX(PrnWidth, vbHiMetric, Prn.ScaleMode)
                PrnPicHeight = Prn.ScaleY(PrnWidth / PicRatio, vbHiMetric, _
                   Prn.ScaleMode)
             Else
                ' Scale picture to fit full height of printable area.
                PrnPicHeight = Prn.ScaleY(PrnHeight, vbHiMetric, Prn.ScaleMode)
                PrnPicWidth = Prn.ScaleX(PrnHeight * PicRatio, vbHiMetric, _
                   Prn.ScaleMode)
             End If
    
             ' Print the picture using the PaintPicture method.
             Prn.PaintPicture Pic, 0, 0, PrnPicWidth, PrnPicHeight
          End Sub
          '--------------------------------------------------------------------
    					
  7. Save the project.
  8. Before running this project verify in Project References that a Reference to OLE Automation exists (StdOle2.tlb).
  9. Run the project and test. You should be able to capture the form, the form's client area, the screen, and the active window. You will also be able to print any of these.
NOTE: Once you have captured the image you want in a Picture object, you can easily place it on the clipboard using the SetData method of the Clipboard object.

REFERENCES

For additional information, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
230502 How To Print a Form That is Too Large for the Screen or Page
178076 How To Use a PictureBox to Control Orientation Printing a Form
194580 How To Print a Composite Image From a RichTextBox
146022 How To Set Up the RichTextBox Control for WYSIWYG Printing

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Article ID: 161299 - Last Review: July 15, 2004 - Revision: 3.3
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