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PrintDocument.DefaultPageSettings Property

Gets or sets page settings that are used as defaults for all pages to be printed.

Namespace:  System.Drawing.Printing
Assembly:  System.Drawing (in System.Drawing.dll)

public PageSettings DefaultPageSettings { get; set; }

Property Value

Type: System.Drawing.Printing.PageSettings
A PageSettings that specifies the default page settings for the document.

You can specify several default page settings through the DefaultPageSettings property. For example, the PageSettings.Color property specifies whether the page prints in color, the PageSettings.Landscape property specifies landscape or portrait orientation, and the PageSettings.Margins property specifies the margins of the page.

To specify settings on a page-by-page basis, handle the PrintPage or QueryPageSettings event and modify the PageSettings argument included in the PrintPageEventArgs or QueryPageSettingsEventArgs, respectively.


After printing has started, changes to page settings through the DefaultPageSettings property will not affect pages being printed.

The following code example sets a document's page orientation to landscape, and prints the document. The example makes three assumptions: that a variable named filePath has been set to the path of the file to print; that a method named pd_PrintPage, which handles the PrintPage event, has been defined; and that a variable named printer has been set to the printer's name.

Use the System.Drawing, System.Drawing.Printing, and System.IO namespaces for this example.

public void Printing()
      streamToPrint = new StreamReader (filePath);
         printFont = new Font("Arial", 10);
         PrintDocument pd = new PrintDocument(); 
         pd.PrintPage += new PrintPageEventHandler(pd_PrintPage);
         pd.PrinterSettings.PrinterName = printer;
         // Set the page orientation to landscape.
         pd.DefaultPageSettings.Landscape = true;
         streamToPrint.Close() ;
   catch(Exception ex)

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