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VC++ MFC example: Micrsoft Visio 12 like Print Preview Source Code



A print preview window that showing the printer's paper margins is a very good idea, for most flow diagramming or printing applications (such as Micrsoft Visio 2007, GADWin, E-XD++ Flow Diagramming Kit, etc.), they all have this feature, below is a screen shot of the latest edition of Micrsoft Visio 2007:

There is no topic with this on codeguru or codeproject, so I created it by myself, below is how it works:

1. At first, We need to create a new class that use CPreviewView as base class, please remember to include afxpriv.h.

2. Override the OnDraw method of CPreviewView, and change it's code to below:

void CExtPreviewView::OnDraw(CDC* pDC)

// don't do anything if not fully initialized
if (m_pPrintView == NULL || m_dcPrint.m_hDC == NULL)

CPoint ViewportOrg = pDC->GetViewportOrg();

CPen rectPen;
rectPen.CreatePen(PS_SOLID, 2, GetSysColor(COLOR_WINDOWFRAME));
CPen shadowPen;
shadowPen.CreatePen(PS_SOLID, 3, GetSysColor(COLOR_BTNSHADOW));

m_pPreviewInfo->m_bContinuePrinting = TRUE; // do this once each paint

for (UINT nPage = 0; nPage < m_nPages; nPage++)
int nSavedState = m_dcPrint.SaveDC(); // Save pristine state of DC

// Use paint DC for print preview output

m_pPreviewInfo->m_nCurPage = m_nCurrentPage + nPage;

// Only call PrepareDC if within page range, otherwise use default
// rect to draw page rectangle
if (m_nCurrentPage + nPage <= m_pPreviewInfo->GetMaxPage())
m_pPrintView->OnPrepareDC(m_pPreviewDC, m_pPreviewInfo);

// Set up drawing rect to entire page (in logical coordinates)
m_pPreviewInfo->m_rectDraw.SetRect(0, 0,

// Draw empty page on screen

pDC->SaveDC(); // save the output dc state

CSize* pRatio = &m_pPageInfo[nPage].sizeScaleRatio;
CRect* pRect = &m_pPageInfo[nPage].rectScreen;

if (pRatio->cx == 0)
{ // page position has not been determined
PositionPage(nPage); // compute page position
if (m_nZoomState != ZOOM_OUT)
ViewportOrg = -GetDeviceScrollPosition();

pDC->SetMapMode(MM_TEXT); // Page Rectangle is in screen device coords
pDC->SetWindowOrg(0, 0);



pDC->MoveTo(pRect->right + 1, pRect->top + 3);
pDC->LineTo(pRect->right + 1, pRect->bottom + 1);
pDC->MoveTo(pRect->left + 3, pRect->bottom + 1);
pDC->LineTo(pRect->right + 1, pRect->bottom + 1);

// erase background to white (most paper is white)
CRect rectFill = *pRect;
rectFill.left += 1; += 1;
rectFill.right -= 2;
rectFill.bottom -= 2;

CBrush brush(RGB(240,240,240));
::FillRect(pDC->m_hDC, rectFill, (HBRUSH)brush);

pDC->RestoreDC(-1); // restore to synchronized state

if (!m_pPreviewInfo->m_bContinuePrinting ||
m_nCurrentPage + nPage > m_pPreviewInfo->GetMaxPage())
m_dcPrint.RestoreDC(nSavedState); // restore to untouched state

// if the first page is not displayable, back up one page
// but never go below 1
if (nPage == 0 && m_nCurrentPage > 1)
SetCurrentPage(m_nCurrentPage - 1, TRUE);

// Display page number
OnDisplayPageNumber(m_nCurrentPage, nPage + 1);

// Set scale ratio for this page
m_pPreviewDC->SetScaleRatio(pRatio->cx, pRatio->cy);

CSize PrintOffset;
VERIFY(m_pPreviewDC->Escape(GETPRINTINGOFFSET, 0, NULL, (LPVOID)&PrintOffset));
PrintOffset += (CSize)pRect->TopLeft();
PrintOffset += CSize(1, 1);
PrintOffset += (CSize)ViewportOrg; // For Scrolling



CTestPreviewView *pView = static_cast<CTestPreviewView *>(m_pPrintView);
pView->OnPrint(m_pPreviewDC, m_pPreviewInfo);


m_dcPrint.RestoreDC(nSavedState); // restore to untouched state



3. Add a new global method at the head of class CExtPreviewView, as below:

// Print preview.
void AFX_API FOPrintPreview(CTestPreviewView* pView);


void FOPrintPreview (CTestPreviewView* pView)

CPrintPreviewState *pState= new CPrintPreviewState;
#if (_MFC_VER < 0x0700) // Visual Studio 6.0
if (!pView->DoPrintPreview (IDD_FO_PREVIEW_TOOLBAR, pView, 
RUNTIME_CLASS(CExtPreviewView), pState))
TRACE0("Error: OnFilePrintPreview failed.\n");
delete pState; // preview failed to initialize, delete State now
if (!pView->DoPrintPreview (IDD_FO_PREVIEW_TOOLBAR, pView, 
RUNTIME_CLASS(CExtPreviewView), pState))
TRACE0("Error: OnFilePrintPreview failed.\n");
delete pState; // preview failed to initialize, delete State now

If you want to change the color of paper margins, you need change the following codes:

CBrush brush(RGB(240,240,240));
::FillRect(pDC->m_hDC, rectFill, (HBRUSH)brush);

4. Add a method for menu item ID_FILE_PRINT_PREVIEW, and then change it's codes to:

void CTestPreviewView::OnFilePrintPreview() 
// TODO: Add your command handler code here

That's all, I created a test program on testing this feature, below is a screen shot of how it looks like:


For testing, choose "File | Print Preview" menu item, these codes are full tested on Visual C++ 6.0, Visual C++.NET 2003, and Visual C++.NET 2005, it should also works with MDI, SDI applications. 


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