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How To Programmatically Change Printer Settings for Internet Explorer and WebBrowser Control by Using Visual C# .NET

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This step-by-step article shows you how to programmatically set the page margins, the header, and the footer for printing from Internet Explorer and the WebBrowser control.

Description of the Technique

Users can easily change Internet Explorer printer settings for the page margins, the header, and the footer through the Internet Explorer user interface. However, Internet Explorer and the WebBrowser control do not include methods to change these settings programmatically.

NOTE: You cannot use the ExecWB command to set the page margins, the header, or the footer. These values are stored in the registry.

If you need to programmatically change the printer settings for Internet Explorer or the WebBrowser control, you can only change the page margins, the header information, and the footer information. You cannot programmatically change other settings such as the page orientation or the default printer.

The following steps outline how Microsoft Internet Explorer accesses the printer settings:
  1. Internet Explorer tries to obtain the values from the following registry key:
    HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\PageSetup
  2. If the key in step 1 does not exist, Internet Explorer tries to create this key by copying the values from the following key:
    HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\Software\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\PageSetup
  3. If the key in step 2 does not exist, default values are provided.
NOTE: These registry values are system-wide and affect all instances of the WebBrowser control and Internet Explorer for the current user.

Visual C# .NET Code to Modify Registry Key

Warning Serious problems might occur if you modify the registry incorrectly by using Registry Editor or by using another method. These problems might require that you reinstall your operating system. Microsoft cannot guarantee that these problems can be solved. Modify the registry at your own risk.
This sample Visual C# .NET code illustrates how to modify the required registry key:
using Microsoft.Win32;

public  void IESetupFooter()


	string strKey  =  "Software\\Microsoft\\Internet Explorer\\PageSetup";
	bool bolWritable = true;
	string strName = "footer";
		object oValue = "Test Footer";
	RegistryKey oKey  = Registry.CurrentUser.OpenSubKey(strKey,bolWritable);
	Console.Write (strKey);

NOTE: Your application must have read and write permissions for the registry key.

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For additional information, click the article number below to view the article in the Microsoft Knowledge Base:
236777 How To Change Print Settings for Internet Explorer and WebBrowser Control Programmatically

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Keywords: KB313723, kbhowtomaster, kbhowto

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Article Info
Article ID : 313723
Revision : 4
Created on : 5/4/2005
Published on : 5/4/2005
Exists online : False
Views : 362