FIX: Printer May Lose Font Attributes

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Printed documents have the wrong font or font size.


The exact cause of this problem is not known. The symptoms indicate that the Printer object loses font attribute information, such as font name or size.


Several methods have alleviated the problem during testing. To work around the problem, try one or more of the following:
  • Do not use the line:
    Printer.Font = ""
    This normally clears font details.
  • Instead of using:
    Printer.font = <font name>
    Dim F as New StdFont
    F.Name = <font name>
    F.Size = <size>
    Set Printer.Font = F
    For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
    194323 PRB: Setting Printer.Font.Size with StdFont Gives Wrong Values
  • Alternatively, you can use:
    Dim x As Single
    x = Printer.CurrentX
    Printer.Print " ";  'initialize the printer object
    Printer.CurrentX = x
    Printer.FontName = "Arial"
    Printer.FontSize = 10
  • If the problem occurs when using the NewPage method, re-specify the font information at the beginning of each page as in the following example:
    Printer.Print ""  'Reset printer
    Printer.Font = ""
    Printer.FontName = "Arial"
    Printer.FontSize = 10
    Printer.Print "This is a test using " & Printer.Font
    Printer.FontName = "Arial"
    Printer.Print "this is page two"


Microsoft has confirmed this to be a bug in the Microsoft products listed at the beginning of this article. This bug has been fixed in Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 2.

For more information on the Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 2, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
194022 INFO: Visual Studio 97 Service Packs - What, Where, and Why
For a list of the Visual Basic 5.0 bugs that were fixed in the Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 2, please see the following article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
194295 INFO: Visual Basic 5.0 Fixes in Visual Studio 97 Service Pack 2


Microsoft has received reports that documents print with a generic font, such as Courier, instead of desired fonts.

This problem has been reported under the following circumstances, but has not been consistently reproduced:
  • Use of NewPage method.
  • Use of Printer.Font = ""   'used to reset font details.
  • Changes via code to page orientation or paper size.


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Article ID: 168744 - Last Review: March 1, 2005 - Revision: 2.1
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