StartPage function

The StartPage function prepares the printer driver to accept data.

Syntax


int StartPage(
  _In_  HDC hDC
);

Parameters

hDC [in]

A handle to the device context for the print job.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is greater than zero.

If the function fails, the return value is less than or equal to zero.

Remarks

Note  This is a blocking or synchronous function and might not return immediately. How quickly this function returns depends on run-time factors such as network status, print server configuration, and printer driver implementation—factors that are difficult to predict when writing an application. Calling this function from a thread that manages interaction with the user interface could make the application appear to be unresponsive.

The system disables the ResetDC function between calls to the StartPage and EndPage functions. This means that you cannot change the device mode except at page boundaries. After calling EndPage, you can call ResetDC to change the device mode, if necessary. Note that a call to ResetDC resets all device context attributes back to default values.

Neither EndPage nor StartPage resets the device context attributes. Device context attributes remain constant across subsequent pages. You do not need to re-select objects and set up the mapping mode again before printing the next page; however, doing so will produce the same results and reduce code differences between versions of Windows.

Examples

For a sample program that uses this function, see How To: Print Using the GDI Print API.

Requirements

Minimum supported client

Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]

Minimum supported server

Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]

Header

Wingdi.h (include Windows.h)

Library

Gdi32.lib

DLL

Gdi32.dll

See also

Printing
Print Spooler API Functions
EndPage
ResetDC

 

 

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