Printing basics – PB Docs 70

Printing basics

All printing is defined in terms of the print area. The print
area is the physical page size less any margins. For example, if
the page size is 8.5 inches by 11 inches, and the top, bottom, and
side margins are all half-inch, the print area is 7.5 inches by
10 inches.


All measurements in the print area are in thousandths of an
inch. For example, if the print area is 7.5 inches by 10 inches,

  • The upper-left corner
    is 0,0
  • The upper-right corner is 7500,0
  • The lower-left corner is 0,10000
  • The lower-right corner is 7500,10000

Print cursor

When printing, PowerBuilder uses a print cursor to keep track
of the print location. The print cursor stores the coordinates of
the upper-left corner of the location at which printing will begin. PowerBuilder updates
the print cursor (including tab position if required) after each
print operation except PrintBitmap, PrintLine, PrintRectangle, or
PrintRoundRect. To position text, objects, lines, and pictures when
you are creating complex reports, specify the cursor position as
part of each print function call.

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