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One of the biggest advantages to using the MFC document/view architecture is the Print Preview feature. However, this feature is sometimes far less than easy to understand and utilize to its fullest capacity. Therefore, in this article, I'm presenting some improvements to Print Preview that I developed while working on a recent project.

The first thing I did was to eliminate flicker from the preview dialog by utilizing the BitBlt function. You can see an outline of the ExtPreviewView class definition below. This class is derived from the MFC CPreviewView class (described in detail in the MFC Technical Note 30).

The three protected members are used to hold the virtual viewport data. These values are initialized when the InitVxPrintOffset function is called. Therefore, you are able to create a bitmap on a memory DC which is compatible with the Preview DC in MFC for high-speed drawing now that you can get the maximum size of virtual paper.

// override MFC class
class ExtPreviewView : public CPreviewView
 // Original viewport point of memory DC
 CSize m_VxPrintOffset;
 CSize m_sizeVxVpExt, m_sizeVxWinExt;
 void InitVxPrintOffset(CDC* pDC);
 friend class CAdvancedPreviewView;
The second improvement I made was to add three additional zoom-in levels.
#define ZOOM_IN_150     3
#define ZOOM_IN_200     4
#define ZOOM_IN_400     5

You need to include the gafximpl.h in order to incorporate into your project the source code supplied with this article.

This is how to configure Visual Studio so that it can locate this needed header file.

  1. On the Project menu, click Settings.
  2. In the Settings dialog box, select the C/C++ tab.
  3. Select Preprocessor from the Category drop-down list.
  4. The project-specific include paths are located in the Additional include directories edit box.


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  • multiple and landscape printing

    Posted by Legacy on 01/23/2004 08:00am

    Originally posted by: yulianto

    Can anyone help me? I`m having problem making program in v c++. I can`t combine multiple printing and landscape orientation. Please send me email if anybody have an idea about it. Thank you.

  • i want to print the dialog as it is

    Posted by Legacy on 09/26/2003 07:00am

    Originally posted by: saleem anwar

    dear friends
    i have a dialog based application with some activeX controls on it and i want to print the dailog with that controls. the dialog shape should be the same as on the screen. plz help anyone.

  • print handler in VC++

    Posted by Legacy on 04/14/2003 07:00am

    Originally posted by: rahul

    how can handle printer in MDI application
    we have two printer if one faulty then it switch to the next printer.as well as main printer healthy it transfer request to the main printer

  • how to modify the print preview's page size and page array size

    Posted by Legacy on 08/13/2002 07:00am

    Originally posted by: huangbo


    Can you please suggest me how can I modify the preView's
    page size like the microsoft word 2000 preView's page Setup,
    that I can make the page horizontal or vertical ,I can setup the page array size,I can setup the each page size


  • How to take a printout of WinDiff file compare tool's expanded view

    Posted by Legacy on 10/22/2001 07:00am

    Originally posted by: suyu

    Can you please suggest me how can I take a printout of the WinDiff tool output in expanded view with all the colour changes reflecting on the printout ??

    • ssss

      Posted by KingHouse on 05/16/2005 10:03am


  • GPF on close

    Posted by Legacy on 10/08/2001 07:00am

    Originally posted by: Mike Higginbotham

    Selecting the close button from the preview page GPFs. Any clue as to why? Thanx.

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