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BUG: Print to File Fails to Request Output File Name

This article was previously published under Q274523
When the Print to File checkbox is selected in the Print dialog box, the dialog box that allows an Output File Name to be specified is not displayed.
There are three possible workarounds for this behavior:
  • Check the Flags property of the CommonDialog control to see if the Print to File checkbox is marked. If the checkbox is marked, you can create a text file (without printer codes) with the Visual Basic Open, Write, and Close commands.

  • Configure a local printer to print to the FILE: port. This local printer can be used when a Print to File operation is required.

  • Open the Printer Common Dialog with WIN32 API functions, such as PrintDlg or PageSetupDlg, instead of with the comdlg32.ocx file. You can then print with API calls instead of the Printer object. See the "References" section of this article for more information.
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a bug in the Microsoft products that are listed at the beginning of this article.

Steps to Reproduce Behavior

  1. Start a new Visual Basic Standard EXE project. Form1 is created by default.
  2. On the Project menu, select Components. In the Components dialog box, check the Microsoft Common Dialog Control component, and then click OK.
  3. Add a CommonDialog control to Form1.
  4. Add the following code to the General Declarations section of Form1:
    Private Sub Form_Click()    Dim blnUseWorkaround As Boolean    ' Uncomment the following line to examine a workaround    'blnUseWorkaround = True    CommonDialog1.ShowPrinter        If blnUseWorkaround Then        ' Test to see if the Print to File box is checked        If (CommonDialog1.Flags And cdlPDPrintToFile) = cdlPDPrintToFile Then            MsgBox "Create the Output file using the Open, Write, and Close commands"        Else            PrintText        End If    Else        PrintText    End IfEnd SubSub PrintText()    Printer.Print "Test Text"    Printer.EndDocEnd Sub					
  5. Press the F5 key to run the program.
  6. Click on Form1, and note that the Print dialog box appears.
  7. Check the Print to File checkbox.
  8. Click OK on the Print dialog box, and note that the dialog box that requests an Output File Name is not displayed.
For additional information about using the WIN32 API functions for common dialog boxes and printing, click the article numbers below to view the articles in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
175535 PRB: Printing Rotated Text with Visual Basic
180645 FIX: Cannot Change Page Settings During Print Job
173981 PRB: Behavior Differences of Print Dialog Box on Different Platforms

Article ID: 274523 - Last Review: 09/28/2004 21:57:00 - Revision: 3.1

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