Local Client-side printing using server vb.net code?


Rather than use the window.print() command which is just a form dump.  I want to use vb.net code to do this as it has all the features necessary.

I came across this useful article from developers.com.  http://www.developer.com/net/net/article.php/3102381

However, when I run this it throws an exception because there is no default printer attached to the server.  Of course I don't want to print server side - thats no good.  But print client side.  The users would print to whatever print queue on the network they have connected to their own pc.

I thought about modifying the code to force a print dialog box where the user would select their printer. Would this work?  Surely it would then print to the user's own printer and not the server side. The following code displays a dialog box where the user selects their installed printer.  I've not tried the code below in an asp.net page.  Wondering what other solutions people might have.  I'm not sure where the code below for displaying a print dialog box for allowing the user to select their printer would fit in with the code in the link above.

Any guidance, suggestions - please help.  Thanks.

Private Sub printButton_Click(ByVal sender As Object, ByVal e As System.EventArgs)

        Dim streamToPrint As StreamReader = New StreamReader("PrintMe.Txt")
            'Assumes the default printer
            Dim pd As TextFilePrintDocument = New TextFilePrintDocument(streamToPrint)

            Dim dlg As New PrintDialog()
            dlg.Document = pd
            Dim result As DialogResult = dlg.ShowDialog()

            If (result = System.Windows.Forms.DialogResult.OK) Then
            End If

        End Try

    Catch ex As Exception
        MessageBox.Show("An error occurred printing the file - " + ex.Message)
    End Try

End Sub
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it's normal that it doesn't work client side because ASP.NET gets executed on the server, not on the client. So the thing you can do is to use the window.print() javascript function and use another style sheet especially created for the layout of your printing page (use the media=print option).

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