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Print Drawing Example (VBA)

This example shows how to print the active drawing document.

' Preconditions:
' 1. Verify that the specified drawing exists.
' 2. Open the Immediate window.
' Postconditions: 
' 1. Prints the drawing to your default printer using the  
'    specified page setup and print specification.
' 2. Inspect the Immediate window.
' NOTE: Because the model is used elsewhere, do not save changes.

Dim swApp As SldWorks.SldWorks
Dim swModel As SldWorks.ModelDoc2
Dim swModelDocExt As SldWorks.ModelDocExtension
Dim swPageSetup As SldWorks.PageSetup
Dim printSpec As SldWorks.PrintSpecification
Dim drawing As String
Dim errors As Long
Dim warnings As Long
Dim footerTextNumber As String
Dim footerTextCount As String
Dim footerText as String

Option Explicit
Sub main()

    Set swApp = Application.SldWorks
    drawing = "C:\Users\Public\Documents\SOLIDWORKS\SOLIDWORKS 2017\tutorial\advdrawings\foodprocessor.slddrw"
    Set swModel = swApp.OpenDoc6(drawing, swDocDRAWING, swOpenDocOptions_Silent, "", errors, warnings)

    'Set up page's footer text
    Set swModelDocExt = swModel.Extension
    swModelDocExt.UsePageSetup = swPageSetupInUse_e.swPageSetupInUse_Document
    Set swPageSetup = swModel.PageSetup
    footerTextNumber = swPageSetup.GetHeaderFooterString(swStandardHeaderFooterPageSetupTexts_e.swHeaderFooterText_PageNumber)
    footerTextCount = swPageSetup.GetHeaderFooterString(swStandardHeaderFooterPageSetupTexts_e.swHeaderFooterText_PageCount)
    footerText = (footerTextNumber & " of " & footerTextCount)
    swPageSetup.CenterFooter = footerText    

    'Create a print specification
    Set printSpec = swModelDocExt.GetPrintSpecification
    printSpec.ConvertToHighQuality = True
    printSpec.AddPrintRange 1, 1
    printSpec.FromScale = 1.5
    printSpec.ToScale = 0.5
    printSpec.ScaleMethod = swPrintSelection
    printSpec.PrinterQueue = ""
    printSpec.PrintToFile = False   

    Debug.Print "Printing specifications:"
    Debug.Print "  Collate: " & printSpec.Collate
    Debug.Print "  Convert to high quality: " & printSpec.ConvertToHighQuality
    Debug.Print "  Current sheet: " & printSpec.CurrentSheet
    Debug.Print "  From scale: " & printSpec.FromScale
    Debug.Print "  To scale: " & printSpec.ToScale
    Debug.Print "  Number of copies: " & printSpec.NumberOfCopies
    Debug.Print "  Print background: " & printSpec.PrintBackground
    Debug.Print "  Print cross hatch on out-of-date views: " & printSpec.PrintCrossHatchOnOutOfDateViews
    Debug.Print "  Printer queue: " & printSpec.PrinterQueue
    Debug.Print "    File: " & printSpec.PrintFile
    Debug.Print "  Print white items black: " & printSpec.PrintWhiteItemsBlack
    Debug.Print "  Selection as defined in swPrintSelectionScaleFactor_e: " & printSpec.ScaleMethod
    Debug.Print "  Total sheet count: " & printSpec.SheetCount
    Debug.Print "  X origin: " & printSpec.XOrigin
    Debug.Print "  Y origin: " & printSpec.YOrigin   

    ' Print the drawing to your default printer
    swModelDocExt.PrintOut4 "", "", printSpec    


End Sub

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