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PrintDialog Class

Lets users select a printer and choose which sections of the document to print from a Windows Forms application.

Namespace:  System.Windows.Forms
Assembly:  System.Windows.Forms (in System.Windows.Forms.dll)

public sealed class PrintDialog : CommonDialog

When you create an instance of PrintDialog, the read/write properties are set to initial values. For a list of these values, see the PrintDialog constructor. To get printer settings that are modified by the user with the PrintDialog, use the PrinterSettings property.


This class may not work on AMD64 microprocessors unless you set the UseEXDialog property to true.

For more information about printing with Windows Forms, see the System.Drawing.Printing namespace overview. If you want to print from a Windows Presentation Foundation application, see the System.Printing namespace.

The following code example demonstrates how to use the PrintDialog control to set the AllowSomePages, ShowHelp, and Document properties. To run this example, paste the following code into a form that contains a PrintDialog control named PrintDialog1 and a button named Button1. This example requires that the button's Click event and the PrintPage event of docToPrint have been connected to the event-handling methods defined in this example.

	// Declare the PrintDocument object. 
	private System.Drawing.Printing.PrintDocument docToPrint = 
		new System.Drawing.Printing.PrintDocument();

	// This method will set properties on the PrintDialog object and 
	// then display the dialog. 
	private void Button1_Click(System.Object sender, 
		System.EventArgs e)

		// Allow the user to choose the page range he or she would 
		// like to print.
		PrintDialog1.AllowSomePages = true;

		// Show the help button.
		PrintDialog1.ShowHelp = true;

		// Set the Document property to the PrintDocument for  
		// which the PrintPage Event has been handled. To display the 
		// dialog, either this property or the PrinterSettings property  
		// must be set 
		PrintDialog1.Document = docToPrint;

		DialogResult result = PrintDialog1.ShowDialog();

		// If the result is OK then print the document. 
		if (result==DialogResult.OK)


	// The PrintDialog will print the document 
	// by handling the document's PrintPage event. 
	private void document_PrintPage(object sender, 
		System.Drawing.Printing.PrintPageEventArgs e)

		// Insert code to render the page here. 
		// This code will be called when the control is drawn. 

		// The following code will render a simple 
		// message on the printed document.
		string text = "In document_PrintPage method.";
		System.Drawing.Font printFont = new System.Drawing.Font
			("Arial", 35, System.Drawing.FontStyle.Regular);

		// Draw the content.
		e.Graphics.DrawString(text, printFont, 
			System.Drawing.Brushes.Black, 10, 10);
of the PrintDialog control.

To run this example paste the following code must be placed in a form
containing a PrintDialog control named PrintDialog1 and a button named

Any public static (Shared in Visual Basic) members of this type are thread safe. Any instance members are not guaranteed to be thread safe.

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows XP Media Center Edition, Windows XP Professional x64 Edition, Windows XP Starter Edition, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2000 SP4, Windows Millennium Edition, Windows 98

The .NET Framework and .NET Compact Framework do not support all versions of every platform. For a list of the supported versions, see .NET Framework System Requirements.

.NET Framework

Supported in: 3.5, 3.0, 2.0, 1.1, 1.0