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PrintCapabilities.CollationCapability Property

Gets a collection of values that identify the collation capabilities of a printer.

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

public ReadOnlyCollection<Collation> CollationCapability { get; }
You cannot set this property in XAML.

A standard printer typically collates output by printing every page of the first copy, then every page of the second copy, and so on. When a standard printer does not collate, it prints every copy of the first page, then every copy of the second page, and so on.

Some printers are specially equipped with collating bins. The printing sequence for these specially equipped printers may differ from those of standard printers; however the outcome is the same: each copy of a multi-paged print job contains all its pages in the proper sequence without manual sorting.

If the printer does not support collation, the collection is empty.

This property corresponds to the Print Schema's DocumentCollate keyword, not the JobCollateAllDocuments keyword.

The following example shows how to use this property to determine the capabilities of a specific printer and how to configure a print job to take advantage of them. For the complete example, see Creating an XPS Document Sample.

// ---------------------- 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()

Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP SP2, Windows Server 2008 R2, Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2003

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