How To Print Using Custom Page Sizes on Windows NT and Windows 2000

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SUMMARY

Microsoft Windows 95, Windows 98, and Windows Millennium Edition (Me) are flexible on custom, user-defined page sizes. However, on systems that are running Windows NT and Windows 2000, you must define all page sizes as a form before you can use them. This article describes how to print custom page sizes on Windows NT and Windows 2000 and includes a code sample that demonstrates how to add, select, and delete custom forms.

NOTE: Because of the behavior of the Visual Basic 5.0 Printer object, the changes to the DEVMODE that are made by the call to ResetDC has no effect. Thus, the code sample in this article does not work from Visual Basic 5.0.

This article is divided into the following sections:

MORE INFORMATION

DEVMODE Members That Define or Select Page Size

Printer drivers store their default settings in a structure called the DEVMODE. When you define or select a page size, four members of this structure may be involved:

  • dmPaperSize
  • dmPaperLength
  • dmPaperWidth
  • dmFormName
The dmPaperLength and dmPaperWidth members contain values on all operating systems, but they can only be used to select or define a size on systems that are running Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me. The dmFormName member is only valid for systems that are running Windows NT or Windows 2000. The dmPaperSize member can be used on any 32-bit Windows operating system, as long as the value that is assigned to it corresponds to a size or form that is defined on that system.

Thus, on systems that are running Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me, you can define custom page sizes by height (length) and width or by a predefined paper size. Windows NT-based or Windows 2000-based systems only use defined forms for page sizes, which you can select in one of two ways: set dmFormName or assign a valid "constant" value to dmPaperSize.

To use a particular paper size on Windows NT or Windows 2000, you must define a form for it. The Visual Basic Printer object has PageSize, Height, and Width properties that expose the dmPaperSize, dmPaperLength, and dmPaperWidth members of the DEVMODE. However, the Printer object does not expose a way to select a form by name, nor does it have a method to add a custom form at run time. We must use the Win32 application programming interface (API) to create a custom form and/or select a form by name.

How to Programmatically Select a Form

This article uses the EnumForms basic process to list all forms that are supported for the current printer and to check the height and width of each form. If the specified size is found, it is selected. If it is not found, the code adds the form and then selects it.

There are three ways to programmatically select a form:
  • Retrieve the printer's DEVMODE structure, set the dmFormName member, and use the ResetDC function to set this form as the current form for the Device Context (DC) of the printer. When this form is selected for the DC, it is only selected for the calling process and does not change the driver's default setting. This does not require any special permissions. This method is preferred for applications that change a printer's settings.
  • Call the SetForm function to change the default form for the printer driver. This method requires full access permissions to the driver. When the default form is changed, it affects every application that uses this driver to print. If this is a network printer, most users do not have the necessary permissions to make this call.
  • Assign the system-defined value for the custom form to Printer.PaperSize.
Only the first method is demonstrated in this article's sample code; the sample does not demonstrate the call to SetForm or the value assignment to Printer.PaperSize. The sample captures the system-assigned value of the new custom form by returning the value of its ordinal position in the list that EnumForms returns. Note that this only works for custom forms. Predefined forms have constant values assigned to them that do not correspond to their ordinal position in this list.

When you use the AddForm function to add your custom form, the form is given its own number, if available, which then remains consistent across all printers that use the form. In this case, the form is defined and given a "constant" value for the current system. You can then assign this value to Printer.PaperSize to select it. However, because the number assignment is simply one more than the number of forms that is listed for the current printer when the form was added, this number may not be available because a predefined form is already using that number. Therefore, it is not recommended that you use this value to select a form, and this value is not demonstrated here. If you use this number assignment, and the value for it is unavailable, it will either select the wrong form or raise run-time error 380: "Invalid Property Value."

Form Sources and Functions

Most forms are defined by the operating system and are available to all local printers. However, forms for network printers are defined on the printer server. Some forms may be defined specifically for a given printer driver and only appear in the list for that driver. Another source for forms is custom-defined or user-defined forms, which can be created manually or through code and are available to all local printers on the system. Both printer-specific and user-defined forms are stored in the registry.

The sample in this article uses a few function calls that are related to forms. Briefly, the key functions are as follows:

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FunctionDescription
EnumFormsReturns information about all of the forms that are supported for the current printer.
AddFormAdds a custom form to the system. The data on this form is stored in the registry. Thus, custom forms are available for all printers, not just the printer that was current when the form was added. The numeric value that the system assigns to this form is simply one number higher than the number of forms that EnumForms returns for the current printer. You must have full rights to the driver to call this function. If you cannot add a form manually, this function call also fails for you. For this reason, you usually cannot use this function on network printers.
DeleteFormRemoves a custom form. However, this function does not delete the standard forms that the operating system defines and returns error code 87 if this is attempted. This function also requires the same rights as AddForm.


Although the sample does not use the following functions, it does include the Declares for these functions:

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FunctionDescription
GetFormRetrieves information about a specific form.
SetFormSets the default form information for the specified printer. This function requires full rights, just as changing any printer driver setting does.


It must be emphasized that some of these functions require Full Control permissions on the printer. Therefore, the SetForm, AddForm, and DeleteForm functions almost never work for printers that are installed as "network printers." This is because the drivers for network printers are not installed locally but reside on the printer server, and your User account is unlikely to have Administrator rights on the printer server. This differs from systems that are running Windows 95, Windows 98, or Windows Me, in which all printer drivers (even network printers) are always installed locally. However, you can install network printers as local printers in Windows NT or Windows 2000 and set the Port to the printer queue. Then you can use these functions to make changes without affecting other users who share the printer.

Steps to Add a Local Printer Driver for a Network Printer

  1. On the Start menu, point to Settings, and then click Printers. Double-click Add Printer to start the Add Printer Wizard.
  2. When prompted, make sure that you click Local printer or My Computer and NOT Network printer. Although you will connect to a network printer, you want to use a driver on My Computer. Click Next to continue.
  3. On Windows NT, click Add Port. On Windows 2000, click Create a new port.
  4. In the drop-down list box, click Local Port. On Windows NT, click New Port. On Windows 2000, click Next, and you are prompted for a Port Name.
  5. Type the location of the printer on the network. For example:
    \\printserver\printername
    where you use the exact path name to the printer.
  6. Click OK, and complete the wizard.
If you change the printer properties for the active printer, you still affect all applications that use that printer, but only for the local system.

IMPORTANT When you use custom page sizes, the behavior differs between Laser or Ink Jet printers and Dot Matrix or impact printers. Obviously, no printer accepts a page size that is wider than it can physically accommodate. But printers that use continuous feed paper can be flexible on page sizes because they print one line at a time. Alternately, Laser and Ink Jet printers print one page at a time. Thus, for example, when you print to a Dot Matrix printer (which uses continuous feed paper), you can easily see the page length during a form feed because the printer advances to the place where it expects the top of the next page to start, regardless of the physical size of the paper that it is using. On Laser and Ink Jet printers, a form feed always ejects a full physical page regardless of the page size it expects. Also, on most Laser printers, the display reads "Load Custom" (or similar) when you ask the printer to print on a user-defined page size.

Step-by-Step Example

  1. Set a local printer as the default printer. To do this, follow these steps:
    1. On the Start menu, point to Settings, and then click Printers.
    2. Right-click the icon for a local printer, and then click Set as default.
  2. Start a new Standard EXE project in Visual Basic. Form1 is created by default.
  3. Add three CommandButtons and a ListBox control to Form1.
  4. Paste the following code into the module of Form1:
    Option Explicit
    
    Private Sub Command1_Click()
    Dim FormName As String
    
    FormName = "MyCustomForm"   ' Use special, user-defined form.
    UseForm FormName
    End Sub
    
    Private Sub Command2_Click()
    Dim FormName As String
    
    ' Get FormName from the ListBox.
    On Error GoTo ListBoxERR    ' Trap for no selection.
    FormName = Mid(List1.Text, 1, InStr(1, List1.Text, " -") - 1)
    On Error GoTo 0             ' Turn off Error trap.
    
    UseForm FormName
    
    Exit Sub
    ListBoxERR:
    MsgBox "Select a printer from the ListBox before using this option.", _
       vbExclamation
    End Sub
    
    Private Sub Command3_Click()
    Dim RetVal As Long
    Dim PrinterHandle As Long   ' Handle to printer
    Dim PrinterName As String
    Dim FormName As String
    Dim Continue As Long
    
    ' Delete form that is selected in ListBox.
    PrinterName = Printer.DeviceName  ' Current printer
    If OpenPrinter(PrinterName, PrinterHandle, 0&) Then
    
        On Error GoTo ListBoxERR    ' Trap for no selection.
        FormName = Mid(List1.Text, 1, InStr(1, List1.Text, " -") - 1)
        On Error GoTo 0             ' Turn off Error trap.
        
        Continue = MsgBox("Are you sure you want to permanently remove " & _
                   FormName & " from " & PrinterName & "?", vbYesNo)
        If Continue = vbYes Then
            RetVal = DeleteForm(PrinterHandle, FormName & Chr(0))
            If RetVal <> 0 Then ' DeleteForm succeeded.
                List1.Clear     ' Reflect the deletion in the ListBox.
                Form_Load       ' Rebuild the list.
                MsgBox FormName & " deleted!", vbInformation, "Success!"
            Else
                MsgBox FormName & " not deleted!" & vbCrLf & vbCrLf & _
                   "Error code: " & Err.LastDllError, vbInformation, "Failure!"
            End If
        End If
        ClosePrinter (PrinterHandle)
    End If
    
    Exit Sub
    ListBoxERR:
    MsgBox "Select a printer from the ListBox before using this option.", _
       vbExclamation
    ClosePrinter (PrinterHandle)
    End Sub
    
    Private Sub Form_Load()
    Dim NumForms As Long, I As Long
    Dim FI1 As FORM_INFO_1
    Dim aFI1() As FORM_INFO_1           ' Working FI1 array
    Dim Temp() As Byte                  ' Temp FI1 array
    Dim BytesNeeded As Long
    Dim PrinterName As String           ' Current printer
    Dim PrinterHandle As Long           ' Handle to printer
    Dim FormItem As String              ' For ListBox
    Dim RetVal As Long
    Dim FormSize As SIZEL               ' Size of desired form
    
    PrinterName = Printer.DeviceName    ' Current printer
    If OpenPrinter(PrinterName, PrinterHandle, 0&) Then
        With FormSize   ' Desired page size
            .cx = 214000
            .cy = 216000
        End With
        ReDim aFI1(1)
        RetVal = EnumForms(PrinterHandle, 1, aFI1(0), 0&, BytesNeeded, _
                 NumForms)
        ReDim Temp(BytesNeeded)
        ReDim aFI1(BytesNeeded / Len(FI1))
        RetVal = EnumForms(PrinterHandle, 1, Temp(0), BytesNeeded, _
                 BytesNeeded, NumForms)
        Call CopyMemory(aFI1(0), Temp(0), BytesNeeded)
        For I = 0 To NumForms - 1
            With aFI1(I)
                ' List name and size including the count (index).
                FormItem = PtrCtoVbString(.pName) & " - " & .Size.cx / 1000 & _
                   " mm X " & .Size.cy / 1000 & " mm   (" & I + 1 & ")"
                List1.AddItem FormItem
            End With
        Next I
        ClosePrinter (PrinterHandle)
    End If
    End Sub
    
    Private Sub UseForm(FormName As String)
    Dim RetVal As Integer
    
    RetVal = SelectForm(FormName, Me.hwnd)
    Select Case RetVal
        Case FORM_NOT_SELECTED   ' 0
            ' Selection failed!
            MsgBox "Unable to retrieve From name", vbExclamation, _
               "Operation halted!"
        Case FORM_SELECTED   ' 1
            ' Selection succeeded!
            PrintTest     ' Comment this line to avoid printing
        Case FORM_ADDED   ' 2
            ' Form added and selected.
            List1.Clear   ' Reflect the addition in the ListBox
            Form_Load     ' by rebuilding the list.
    End Select
    End Sub
    					
  5. From the Project menu, add a new Module, Module1.
  6. Paste the following code into Module1:
    Option Explicit
    
    Public Declare Function EnumForms Lib "winspool.drv" Alias "EnumFormsA" _
        (ByVal hPrinter As Long, ByVal Level As Long, ByRef pForm As Any, _
        ByVal cbBuf As Long, ByRef pcbNeeded As Long, _
        ByRef pcReturned As Long) As Long
    
    Public Declare Function AddForm Lib "winspool.drv" Alias "AddFormA" _
        (ByVal hPrinter As Long, ByVal Level As Long, pForm As Byte) As Long
    
    Public Declare Function DeleteForm Lib "winspool.drv" Alias "DeleteFormA" _
        (ByVal hPrinter As Long, ByVal pFormName As String) As Long
        
    Public Declare Function OpenPrinter Lib "winspool.drv" _
        Alias "OpenPrinterA" (ByVal pPrinterName As String, _
        phPrinter As Long, ByVal pDefault As Long) As Long
    
    Public Declare Function ClosePrinter Lib "winspool.drv" _
        (ByVal hPrinter As Long) As Long
    
    Public Declare Function DocumentProperties Lib "winspool.drv" _
        Alias "DocumentPropertiesA" (ByVal hwnd As Long, _
        ByVal hPrinter As Long, ByVal pDeviceName As String, _
        pDevModeOutput As Any, pDevModeInput As Any, ByVal fMode As Long) _
        As Long
    
    Public Declare Function ResetDC Lib "gdi32" Alias "ResetDCA" _
        (ByVal hdc As Long, lpInitData As Any) As Long
    
    Public Declare Sub CopyMemory Lib "KERNEL32" Alias "RtlMoveMemory" _
        (hpvDest As Any, hpvSource As Any, ByVal cbCopy As Long)
    
    Public Declare Function lstrcpy Lib "KERNEL32" Alias "lstrcpyA" _
        (ByVal lpString1 As String, ByRef lpString2 As Long) As Long
        
    ' Optional functions not used in this sample, but may be useful.
    Public Declare Function GetForm Lib "winspool.drv" Alias "GetFormA" _
        (ByVal hPrinter As Long, ByVal pFormName As String, _
        ByVal Level As Long, pForm As Byte, ByVal cbBuf As Long, _
        pcbNeeded As Long) As Long
        
    Public Declare Function SetForm Lib "winspool.drv" Alias "SetFormA" _
        (ByVal hPrinter As Long, ByVal pFormName As String, _
        ByVal Level As Long, pForm As Byte) As Long
    
    ' Constants for DEVMODE
    Public Const CCHFORMNAME = 32
    Public Const CCHDEVICENAME = 32
    Public Const DM_FORMNAME As Long = &H10000
    Public Const DM_ORIENTATION = &H1&
    
    ' Constants for PRINTER_DEFAULTS.DesiredAccess
    Public Const PRINTER_ACCESS_ADMINISTER = &H4
    Public Const PRINTER_ACCESS_USE = &H8
    Public Const STANDARD_RIGHTS_REQUIRED = &HF0000
    Public Const PRINTER_ALL_ACCESS = (STANDARD_RIGHTS_REQUIRED Or _
      PRINTER_ACCESS_ADMINISTER Or PRINTER_ACCESS_USE)
      
    ' Constants for DocumentProperties() call
    Public Const DM_MODIFY = 8
    Public Const DM_IN_BUFFER = DM_MODIFY
    Public Const DM_COPY = 2
    Public Const DM_OUT_BUFFER = DM_COPY
    
    ' Custom constants for this sample's SelectForm function
    Public Const FORM_NOT_SELECTED = 0
    Public Const FORM_SELECTED = 1
    Public Const FORM_ADDED = 2
    
    Public Type RECTL
            Left As Long
            Top As Long
            Right As Long
            Bottom As Long
    End Type
    
    Public Type SIZEL
            cx As Long
            cy As Long
    End Type
    
    Public Type SECURITY_DESCRIPTOR
            Revision As Byte
            Sbz1 As Byte
            Control As Long
            Owner As Long
            Group As Long
            Sacl As Long  ' ACL
            Dacl As Long  ' ACL
    End Type
    
    ' The two definitions for FORM_INFO_1 make the coding easier.
    Public Type FORM_INFO_1
            Flags As Long
            pName As Long   ' String
            Size As SIZEL
            ImageableArea As RECTL
    End Type
    
    Public Type sFORM_INFO_1
            Flags As Long
            pName As String
            Size As SIZEL
            ImageableArea As RECTL
    End Type
    
    Public Type DEVMODE
            dmDeviceName As String * CCHDEVICENAME
            dmSpecVersion As Integer
            dmDriverVersion As Integer
            dmSize As Integer
            dmDriverExtra As Integer
            dmFields As Long
            dmOrientation As Integer
            dmPaperSize As Integer
            dmPaperLength As Integer
            dmPaperWidth As Integer
            dmScale As Integer
            dmCopies As Integer
            dmDefaultSource As Integer
            dmPrintQuality As Integer
            dmColor As Integer
            dmDuplex As Integer
            dmYResolution As Integer
            dmTTOption As Integer
            dmCollate As Integer
            dmFormName As String * CCHFORMNAME
            dmUnusedPadding As Integer
            dmBitsPerPel As Long
            dmPelsWidth As Long
            dmPelsHeight As Long
            dmDisplayFlags As Long
            dmDisplayFrequency As Long
    End Type
    
    Public Type PRINTER_DEFAULTS
            pDatatype As String
            pDevMode As Long    ' DEVMODE
            DesiredAccess As Long
    End Type
    
    Public Type PRINTER_INFO_2
            pServerName As String
            pPrinterName As String
            pShareName As String
            pPortName As String
            pDriverName As String
            pComment As String
            pLocation As String
            pDevMode As DEVMODE
            pSepFile As String
            pPrintProcessor As String
            pDatatype As String
            pParameters As String
            pSecurityDescriptor As SECURITY_DESCRIPTOR
            Attributes As Long
            Priority As Long
            DefaultPriority As Long
            StartTime As Long
            UntilTime As Long
            Status As Long
            cJobs As Long
            AveragePPM As Long
    End Type
    
    Public Function GetFormName(ByVal PrinterHandle As Long, _
                              FormSize As SIZEL, FormName As String) As Integer
    Dim NumForms As Long, I As Long
    Dim FI1 As FORM_INFO_1
    Dim aFI1() As FORM_INFO_1           ' Working FI1 array
    Dim Temp() As Byte                  ' Temp FI1 array
    Dim FormIndex As Integer
    Dim BytesNeeded As Long
    Dim RetVal As Long
    
    FormName = vbNullString
    FormIndex = 0
    ReDim aFI1(1)
    ' First call retrieves the BytesNeeded.
    RetVal = EnumForms(PrinterHandle, 1, aFI1(0), 0&, BytesNeeded, NumForms)
    ReDim Temp(BytesNeeded)
    ReDim aFI1(BytesNeeded / Len(FI1))
    ' Second call actually enumerates the supported forms.
    RetVal = EnumForms(PrinterHandle, 1, Temp(0), BytesNeeded, BytesNeeded, _
             NumForms)
    Call CopyMemory(aFI1(0), Temp(0), BytesNeeded)
    For I = 0 To NumForms - 1
        With aFI1(I)
            If .Size.cx = FormSize.cx And .Size.cy = FormSize.cy Then
               ' Found the desired form
                FormName = PtrCtoVbString(.pName)
                FormIndex = I + 1
                Exit For
            End If
        End With
    Next I
    GetFormName = FormIndex  ' Returns non-zero when form is found.
    End Function
    
    Public Function AddNewForm(PrinterHandle As Long, FormSize As SIZEL, _
                               FormName As String) As String
    Dim FI1 As sFORM_INFO_1
    Dim aFI1() As Byte
    Dim RetVal As Long
    
    With FI1
        .Flags = 0
        .pName = FormName
        With .Size
            .cx = FormSize.cx
            .cy = FormSize.cy
        End With
        With .ImageableArea
            .Left = 0
            .Top = 0
            .Right = FI1.Size.cx
            .Bottom = FI1.Size.cy
        End With
    End With
    ReDim aFI1(Len(FI1))
    Call CopyMemory(aFI1(0), FI1, Len(FI1))
    RetVal = AddForm(PrinterHandle, 1, aFI1(0))
    If RetVal = 0 Then
        If Err.LastDllError = 5 Then
            MsgBox "You do not have permissions to add a form to " & _
               Printer.DeviceName, vbExclamation, "Access Denied!"
        Else
            MsgBox "Error: " & Err.LastDllError, "Error Adding Form"
        End If
        AddNewForm = "none"
    Else
        AddNewForm = FI1.pName
    End If
    End Function
    
    Public Function PtrCtoVbString(ByVal Add As Long) As String
    Dim sTemp As String * 512, x As Long
    
    x = lstrcpy(sTemp, ByVal Add)
    If (InStr(1, sTemp, Chr(0)) = 0) Then
         PtrCtoVbString = ""
    Else
         PtrCtoVbString = Left(sTemp, InStr(1, sTemp, Chr(0)) - 1)
    End If
    End Function
    
    Public Function SelectForm(FormName As String, ByVal MyhWnd As Long) _
        As Integer
    Dim nSize As Long           ' Size of DEVMODE
    Dim pDevMode As DEVMODE
    Dim PrinterHandle As Long   ' Handle to printer
    Dim hPrtDC As Long          ' Handle to Printer DC
    Dim PrinterName As String
    Dim aDevMode() As Byte      ' Working DEVMODE
    Dim FormSize As SIZEL
    
    PrinterName = Printer.DeviceName  ' Current printer
    hPrtDC = Printer.hdc              ' hDC for current Printer
    SelectForm = FORM_NOT_SELECTED    ' Set for failure unless reset in code.
    
    ' Get a handle to the printer.
    If OpenPrinter(PrinterName, PrinterHandle, 0&) Then
        ' Retrieve the size of the DEVMODE.
        nSize = DocumentProperties(MyhWnd, PrinterHandle, PrinterName, 0&, _
                0&, 0&)
        ' Reserve memory for the actual size of the DEVMODE.
        ReDim aDevMode(1 To nSize)
    
        ' Fill the DEVMODE from the printer.
        nSize = DocumentProperties(MyhWnd, PrinterHandle, PrinterName, _
                aDevMode(1), 0&, DM_OUT_BUFFER)
        ' Copy the Public (predefined) portion of the DEVMODE.
        Call CopyMemory(pDevMode, aDevMode(1), Len(pDevMode))
        
        ' If FormName is "MyCustomForm", we must make sure it exists
        ' before using it. Otherwise, it came from our EnumForms list,
        ' and we do not need to check first. Note that we could have
        ' passed in a Flag instead of checking for a literal name.
        If FormName = "MyCustomForm" Then
            ' Use form "MyCustomForm", adding it if necessary.
            ' Set the desired size of the form needed.
            With FormSize   ' Given in thousandths of millimeters
                .cx = 214000   ' width
                .cy = 216000   ' height
            End With
            If GetFormName(PrinterHandle, FormSize, FormName) = 0 Then
                ' Form not found - Either of the next 2 lines will work.
                'FormName = AddNewForm(PrinterHandle, FormSize, "MyCustomForm")
                AddNewForm PrinterHandle, FormSize, "MyCustomForm"
                If GetFormName(PrinterHandle, FormSize, FormName) = 0 Then
                    ClosePrinter (PrinterHandle)
                    SelectForm = FORM_NOT_SELECTED   ' Selection Failed!
                    Exit Function
                Else
                    SelectForm = FORM_ADDED  ' Form Added, Selection succeeded!
                End If
            End If
        End If
        
        ' Change the appropriate member in the DevMode.
        ' In this case, you want to change the form name.
        pDevMode.dmFormName = FormName & Chr(0)  ' Must be NULL terminated!
        ' Set the dmFields bit flag to indicate what you are changing.
        pDevMode.dmFields = DM_FORMNAME
    
        ' Copy your changes back, then update DEVMODE.
        Call CopyMemory(aDevMode(1), pDevMode, Len(pDevMode))
        nSize = DocumentProperties(MyhWnd, PrinterHandle, PrinterName, _
                aDevMode(1), aDevMode(1), DM_IN_BUFFER Or DM_OUT_BUFFER)
    
        nSize = ResetDC(hPrtDC, aDevMode(1))   ' Reset the DEVMODE for the DC.
    
        ' Close the handle when you are finished with it.
        ClosePrinter (PrinterHandle)
        ' Selection Succeeded! But was Form Added?
        If SelectForm <> FORM_ADDED Then SelectForm = FORM_SELECTED  
    Else
        SelectForm = FORM_NOT_SELECTED   ' Selection Failed!
    End If
    End Function
    
    Public Sub PrintTest()
        ' Print two test pages to confirm the page size.
        Printer.Print "Top of Page 1."
        Printer.NewPage
        ' Spacing between lines should reflect the chosen page height.
        Printer.Print "Top of Page 2. - Check the page Height (Length.)"
        Printer.EndDoc
        MsgBox "Check Printer " & Printer.DeviceName, vbInformation, "Done!"
    End Sub
    					
  7. Run the project. The ListBox shows all of the forms that the current printer supports.
  8. Click Command1. This adds "MyCustomForm - 214 mm X 216 mm (xxx)" to the end of the list, where "xxx" is the number that is assigned to the new form.
  9. Click a form in the ListBox, and then click Command2. This prints a test page to the current printer using the selected form.
  10. Click the new custom form in the ListBox, and then click Command3. You are prompted to confirm the deletion of the form. If you click Yes, it removes the custom form. If you try this with a predefined form, it raises error 87 because only custom forms can be deleted.

REFERENCES

For more information on the functions and types that are used in this article, see the MSDN Library CD or the Win32 SDK Programmer's Guide.

For additional information on forms, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
157172 How to Create Custom Forms in Windows NT 4.0 and Windows 2000

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Article ID: 282474 - Last Review: July 1, 2004 - Revision: 1.0
APPLIES TO
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Professional Edition
  • Microsoft Visual Basic 6.0 Enterprise Edition
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