Typically, when you print from a Windows Forms application, you create a new instance of the PrintDocument class, set properties, such as DefaultPageSettings and PrinterSettings, that describe how to print, and call the Print method to actually print the document. Calling the PrintDocument.Print method raises the PrintDocument.PrintPage event, which should be handled to perform the document layout for printing.
Use the Graphics property of the PrintPageEventArgs object obtained from the PrintDocument.PrintPage event to specify the output to print. If you are printing a text file, use StreamReader to read one line at a time from the stream and call the DrawString method to draw the line in the graphics object. For more information about this process, see the Graphics and StreamReader classes. You can view an example of printing a text document in the PrintDocument class overview topic.
When implemented in a derived class, the PrintController controls how a PrintDocument is printed. The PrintDocument.Print method invokes the print controller's OnStartPrint, OnEndPrint, OnStartPage, and OnEndPage methods, which in turn tell the printer how to print the document. For more information about printing dialog boxes, see PrintDialog and PageSetupDialog.
The print-preview process uses a specialized print controller, dialog box, and control. For an example of such a print controller and dialog box, see PreviewPrintController, PrintPreviewDialog, and PrintPreviewControl.
Classes within the System.Drawing.Printing namespace are not supported for use within a Windows service or ASP.NET application or service. Attempting to use these classes from within one of these application types may produce unexpected problems, such as diminished service performance and run-time exceptions.
If you want to print from a Windows Presentation Foundation (WPF) application, see the System.Printing namespace.
|InvalidPrinterException||Represents the exception that is thrown when you try to access a printer using printer settings that are not valid.|
|Margins||Specifies the dimensions of the margins of a printed page.|
|MarginsConverter||Provides a MarginsConverter for Margins.|
|PageSettings||Specifies settings that apply to a single, printed page.|
|PaperSize||Specifies the size of a piece of paper.|
|PaperSource||Specifies the paper tray from which the printer gets paper.|
|PreviewPageInfo||Specifies print preview information for a single page. This class cannot be inherited.|
|PreviewPrintController||Specifies a print controller that displays a document on a screen as a series of images.|
|PrintController||Controls how a document is printed, when printing from a Windows Forms application.|
|PrintDocument||Defines a reusable object that sends output to a printer, when printing from a Windows Forms application.|
|PrinterResolution||Represents the resolution supported by a printer.|
|PrinterSettings||Specifies information about how a document is printed, including the printer that prints it, when printing from a Windows Forms application.|
|PrinterSettings.PaperSizeCollection||Contains a collection of PaperSize objects.|
|PrinterSettings.PaperSourceCollection||Contains a collection of PaperSource objects.|
|PrinterSettings.PrinterResolutionCollection||Contains a collection of PrinterResolution objects.|
|PrinterSettings.StringCollection||Contains a collection of String objects.|
|PrinterUnitConvert||Specifies a series of conversion methods that are useful when interoperating with the Win32 printing API. This class cannot be inherited.|
|PrintEventArgs||Provides data for the BeginPrint and EndPrint events.|
|PrintingPermission||Controls access to printers. This class cannot be inherited.|
|PrintingPermissionAttribute||Allows declarative printing permission checks.|
|PrintPageEventArgs||Provides data for the PrintPage event.|
|QueryPageSettingsEventArgs||Provides data for the QueryPageSettings event.|
|StandardPrintController||Specifies a print controller that sends information to a printer.|
|PrintEventHandler||Represents the method that will handle the BeginPrint or EndPrint event of a PrintDocument.|
|PrintPageEventHandler||Represents the method that will handle the PrintPage event of a PrintDocument.|
|QueryPageSettingsEventHandler||Represents the method that handles the QueryPageSettings event of a PrintDocument.|
|Duplex||Specifies the printer's duplex setting.|
|PaperKind||Specifies the standard paper sizes.|
|PaperSourceKind||Standard paper sources.|
|PrintAction||Specifies the type of print operation occurring.|
|PrinterResolutionKind||Specifies a printer resolution.|
|PrinterUnit||Specifies several of the units of measure used for printing.|
|PrintingPermissionLevel||Specifies the type of printing that code is allowed to do.|
|PrintRange||Specifies the part of the document to print.|