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Create a PDF from Visual Basic 6 (VB6)

This example will show you how to print from VB6 to a PDF document.

When the code runs it will use the VB6 printing system to create a print job. This print job is sent to the PDF Writer and converted to a PDF file. The conversion to PDF will use the settings that are saved to a runonce.ini file before the print is started.

After the print job is sent to the printer/spooler the code will wait for the runonce.ini file to disappear. This will make sure that the user cannot click the button again before the current settings are read by the PDF Writer.

Example Source Files

Option Explicit

Private Declare Sub Sleep Lib "kernel32" (ByVal dwMilliseconds As Long)

Const SETTINGS_PROGID = "biopdf.PDFSettings"
Const UTIL_PROGID = "biopdf.PDFUtil"

Private Function PrinterIndex(ByVal printerName As String) As Integer
    Dim i As Integer
    
    For i = 0 To Printers.Count - 1
        If LCase(Printers(i).DeviceName) Like LCase(printerName) Then
            PrinterIndex = i
            Exit Function
        End If
    Next
    PrinterIndex = -1
End Function

Private Sub cmdPrint_Click()
    Dim prtidx As Integer
    Dim sPrinterName As String
    Dim settings As Object
    Dim util As Object
    
    Set util = CreateObject(UTIL_PROGID)
    sPrinterName = util.defaultprintername
    
    Rem -- Configure the PDF print job
    Set settings = CreateObject(SETTINGS_PROGID)
    settings.printerName = sPrinterName
    settings.SetValue "Output", "\myfile.pdf"
    settings.SetValue "ConfirmOverwrite", "no"
    settings.SetValue "ShowSaveAS", "never"
    settings.SetValue "ShowSettings", "never"
    settings.SetValue "ShowPDF", "yes"
    settings.SetValue "RememberLastFileName", "no"
    settings.SetValue "RememberLastFolderName", "no"
    settings.WriteSettings True
    
    Rem -- Find the index of the printer
    prtidx = PrinterIndex(sPrinterName)
    If prtidx < 0 Then Err.Raise 1000, , _
        "No printer was found by the name of '" & sPrinterName & "'."
        
    Rem -- Set the current printer
    Set Printer = Printers(prtidx)
        
    Rem -- Print something
    If optOrientation(0).Value Then
        Printer.Orientation = PrinterObjectConstants.vbPRORPortrait
    Else
        Printer.Orientation = PrinterObjectConstants.vbPRORLandscape
    End If
    
    Rem -- Set paper size
    Rem -- http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/library/microsoft.visualbasic.powerpacks.printing.compatibility.vb6.printer.papersize.aspx
    Rem -- Note: Custom paper size is not supported by VB6 after Windows 98.
    Printer.PaperSize = vbPRPSA3
    
    Printer.FontSize = 50
    Printer.Print "Hello VB6..."
    Printer.FontSize = 20
    Printer.ForeColor = vbBlue
    Printer.Print "The time is " & Now
    Printer.EndDoc
    
    Rem -- Wait for runonce settings file to disappear
    Dim runonce As String
    runonce = settings.GetSettingsFilePath(True)
    While Dir(runonce, vbNormal) <> ""
        Sleep 100
    Wend
    
    MsgBox "myfile.pdf was saved on your desktop", vbInformation, "PDF Created"
End Sub
 
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