OutputQuality Enumeration
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OutputQuality Enumeration


Specifies the types of output quality for a print device.

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

public enum OutputQuality

Member nameDescription

Automatically selects a quality type that is based on the contents of a print job.


Draft quality.


Fax quality.


Higher than normal quality.


Normal quality.


Photographic quality. For more information, see Notes on OutputQuality.Photographic in the Remarks section.


Text quality.


The feature (whose options are represented by this enumeration) is set to an option not defined in the Print Schema.

Use the values of this type primarily for these purposes:

The Unknown value is never used in properties of PrintCapabilities objects.

You should never set a PrintTicket property to Unknown. If some other PrintTicket producing application has created a PrintTicket document that sets the output quality feature to an unrecognized option (that is, an option that is not defined in the Print Schema), then a PrintTicket object in your application that is constructed with that document will have Unknown as the value of the OutputQuality property.

Although the PrintTicket and PrintCapabilities classes cannot be inherited, you can extend the Print Schema to recognize print device features that are not accounted for in the PrintTicket or PrintCapabilities classes. For more information see NOTINBUILD: How to: Extend the Print Schema and Create New Print System Classes.

Starting with the .NET Framework 4.6.1 RC, the output quality obtained with the OutputQuality.Photographic value is improved (compared to previous versions of the .NET Framework) when printing to a GDI-based printer and when running on Windows 7 and earlier versions of the Windows operating system.

Producing documents with better output quality requires larger print spooler files and longer wait times. If these side effects are undesirable, you can instead use the OutputQuality.High value.

The following example shows how to test a printer's capabilities and configure the print job to take advantage of them. .

// ---------------------- GetPrintTicketFromPrinter -----------------------
/// <summary>
///   Returns a PrintTicket based on the current default printer.</summary>
/// <returns>
///   A PrintTicket for the current local default printer.</returns>
private PrintTicket GetPrintTicketFromPrinter()
    PrintQueue printQueue = null;

    LocalPrintServer localPrintServer = new LocalPrintServer();

    // Retrieving collection of local printer on user machine
    PrintQueueCollection localPrinterCollection =

    System.Collections.IEnumerator localPrinterEnumerator =

    if (localPrinterEnumerator.MoveNext())
        // Get PrintQueue from first available printer
        printQueue = (PrintQueue)localPrinterEnumerator.Current;
        // No printer exist, return null PrintTicket
        return null;

    // Get default PrintTicket from printer
    PrintTicket printTicket = printQueue.DefaultPrintTicket;

    PrintCapabilities printCapabilites = printQueue.GetPrintCapabilities();

    // Modify PrintTicket
    if (printCapabilites.CollationCapability.Contains(Collation.Collated))
        printTicket.Collation = Collation.Collated;

    if ( printCapabilites.DuplexingCapability.Contains(
            Duplexing.TwoSidedLongEdge) )
        printTicket.Duplexing = Duplexing.TwoSidedLongEdge;

    if (printCapabilites.StaplingCapability.Contains(Stapling.StapleDualLeft))
        printTicket.Stapling = Stapling.StapleDualLeft;

    return printTicket;
}// end:GetPrintTicketFromPrinter()

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