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PageMediaType Enumeration

Specifies types of printing paper or other media.

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

public enum PageMediaType
<object property="enumerationMemberName" .../>

Member nameDescription
UnknownThe feature (whose options are represented by this enumeration) is set to an option not defined in the Print Schema.
AutoSelectThe print device selects the media.
ArchivalArchive-quality media.
BackPrintFilmSpecialty back-printing film.
BondStandard bond media.
CardStockStandard card stock.
ContinuousContinuous-feed media.
EnvelopePlainStandard envelope.
EnvelopeWindowWindow envelope.
FabricFabric media.
HighResolutionSpecialty high-resolution media.
LabelLabel media.
MultiLayerFormAttached multipart forms.
MultiPartFormIndividual multipart forms.
PhotographicStandard photographic media.
PhotographicFilmFilm photographic media.
PhotographicGlossyGlossy photographic media.
PhotographicHighGlossHigh-gloss photographic media.
PhotographicMatteMatte photographic media.
PhotographicSatinSatin photographic media.
PhotographicSemiGlossSemi-gloss photographic media.
PlainPlain paper.
ScreenOutput to a display in continuous form.
ScreenPagedOutput to a display in paged form.
StationerySpecialty stationary.
TabStockFullTab stock, not precut (single tabs).
TabStockPreCutTab stock, precut (multiple tabs).
TransparencyTransparent sheet.
TShirtTransferMedia that is used to transfer an image to a T-shirt.
NoneUnknown or unlisted media.

The values of this type are used primarily for these purposes:

The Unknownvalue 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 page media type 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 PageMediaType.Unknown as the value of the PageMediaType 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 How to: Extend the Print Schema and Create New Print System Classes.

The following example shows how to determine the printer 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()

.NET Framework

Supported in: 4, 3.5, 3.0

.NET Framework Client Profile

Supported in: 4, 3.5 SP1

Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or later, Windows XP SP3, Windows Server 2008 (Server Core not supported), Windows Server 2008 R2 (Server Core supported with SP1 or later), Windows Server 2003 SP2

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