How To Print Contents of the Web Browser Control From VB

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SUMMARY

The Web Browser control (version 3.x or 4.x) does not offer a direct Print method. This article demonstrates how to print the contents of the Web Browser control from Visual Basic.

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Step-by-Step Example

  1. Create a new Standard EXE project in Visual Basic. Form1 is created by default.
  2. Select Components from the Project menu. Add a reference to the "Microsoft Internet Controls."
  3. Add the following controls to Form1:

    1 CommandButton
    1 Web Browser
  4. Add the following code to Form1:
          Option Explicit
    
          Private Sub Command1_Click()
    
             ' print the contents of the Web Browser control.
             WebBrowser1.ExecWB _
             OLECMDID_PRINT, OLECMDEXECOPT_DONTPROMPTUSER, 0, 0
    
          End Sub
    
          Private Sub Form_Load()
    
             ' set the caption of the command button.
             Command1.Caption = "&Print"
    
             ' position the print command button at the top-left.
             Command1.Move 0, 0
    
             ' position the Web Browser control below the command button.
              WebBrowser1.Move 0, 750
    
              ' navigate to a Web site for testing purposes.
              WebBrowser1.Navigate "http://www.microsoft.com"
    
          End Sub
    
          Private Sub Form_Resize()
    
             ' when the form is resized, the Web Browser control should
             ' remain the same size as the form.
             WebBrowser1.Width = Form1.Width
             WebBrowser1.Height = Form1.Height
    
          End Sub
    
    						
  5. Press the F5 key to run the project. When the test site has been downloaded and rendered in the Web Browser, click the "Print" command button, and the contents of the Web Browser will be printed.

    NOTE: Using version 3.x of the Web Browser control will result in a Print Dialog appearing when you attempt to print the content of the control. This is by design.

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Article ID: 188271 - Last Review: July 15, 2004 - Revision: 2.2
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Learning Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Learning Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 5.0 Enterprise Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Edition
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