The MSChart control does not expose a method that enables
you to print the chart directly. However, you can use the PrintForm method to
print the entire form containing the MSChart control. This article describes a
method for printing only the chart.
You can print the chart of an MSChart control by copying
the contents of the control using the EditCopy method, retrieveing the chart
from the Clipboard, and then printing the picture via the PaintPicture method
of the Printer object:
- Start a new Standard EXE project. Form1 is created by
- Click Components on the Project menu. Check "Microsoft
Chart Control" and click OK.
- Draw an MSChart control and a CommandButton on Form1.
- Add the following code to the Click event of Command1 on
DoEvents ' may be needed for large datasets
Printer.Print " "
Picture1.PaintPicture Clipboard.GetData(), 0, 0
- Run the application. Click the CommandButton to print the
chart to your default printer.
NOTE: The EditCopy method copies both
the data and the picture of the chart to the clipboard. Then, when you use a
Paste command to retrieve the contents of the clipboard, the receiving
application determines whether the picture or the data is pasted. In this
example, PaintPicture requests the clipboard data and receives a picture of the
chart rather than the chart's data. You could also specify this with
Article ID: 168749 - Last Review: July 1, 2004 - Revision: 5.1
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