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printing only part of a webform

I was wondering how do you print just part of a webform in asp.net -- like
just printing the contents of a textbox or label. I know that it will
involve javascript, but I cannot get the javascript function to work.
Basically, this is the scenario ---

A simple web page with a search form. User enters search value, and a
datagrid displays what the search returns with a template column to link to
the details of each record found. Template column link brings up a textbox
that displays a long list of text (stored in sql as sqldbtype.text). Then I
have a close button and a print button for just this textbox. What I want to
do is just print what is in the textbox. I have written something for which
it will print, but it opens a new page and pressing back does not take you
back to the form displaying the original textbox.

As an example, in Microsoft's Knowledge Base, when you open one of the
articles, there is a link on the right that says Print this page. You click
it, and it pops up the print dialog box, and then you click Ok, and it prints
just the article --- not all the other stuff on the page. That is what I'd
like to be able to do. But, I do not really care. Just opening a new page
with just the text from the text box in it would be ok with me.

Any help would be much appreciated --- Thanks!!
Jul 21 '05 #1
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Many sites make use of media print CSS options as discussed here:
http://www.meyerweb.com/eric/article...ev/200001.html

--
Regards

John Timney
ASP.NET MVP
Microsoft Regional Director

"Bryan Z" <Br****@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
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I was wondering how do you print just part of a webform in asp.net -- like
just printing the contents of a textbox or label. I know that it will
involve javascript, but I cannot get the javascript function to work.
Basically, this is the scenario ---

A simple web page with a search form. User enters search value, and a
datagrid displays what the search returns with a template column to link to the details of each record found. Template column link brings up a textbox that displays a long list of text (stored in sql as sqldbtype.text). Then I have a close button and a print button for just this textbox. What I want to do is just print what is in the textbox. I have written something for which it will print, but it opens a new page and pressing back does not take you
back to the form displaying the original textbox.

As an example, in Microsoft's Knowledge Base, when you open one of the
articles, there is a link on the right that says Print this page. You click it, and it pops up the print dialog box, and then you click Ok, and it prints just the article --- not all the other stuff on the page. That is what I'd like to be able to do. But, I do not really care. Just opening a new page with just the text from the text box in it would be ok with me.

Any help would be much appreciated --- Thanks!!

Jul 21 '05 #2
using CSS for print layout and set display:none;

Tony
"Bryan Z" <Br****@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:92**********************************@microsof t.com...
I was wondering how do you print just part of a webform in asp.net -- like
just printing the contents of a textbox or label. I know that it will
involve javascript, but I cannot get the javascript function to work.
Basically, this is the scenario ---

A simple web page with a search form. User enters search value, and a
datagrid displays what the search returns with a template column to link to the details of each record found. Template column link brings up a textbox that displays a long list of text (stored in sql as sqldbtype.text). Then I have a close button and a print button for just this textbox. What I want to do is just print what is in the textbox. I have written something for which it will print, but it opens a new page and pressing back does not take you
back to the form displaying the original textbox.

As an example, in Microsoft's Knowledge Base, when you open one of the
articles, there is a link on the right that says Print this page. You click it, and it pops up the print dialog box, and then you click Ok, and it prints just the article --- not all the other stuff on the page. That is what I'd like to be able to do. But, I do not really care. Just opening a new page with just the text from the text box in it would be ok with me.

Any help would be much appreciated --- Thanks!!

Jul 21 '05 #3
Thanks for the info. I actually found another way of doing it, but I'll have
to look into using CSS style sheets also.

I ended up removing my textbox. Then I put in a div tag with runat server
and then what was going into the textbox went between the div tags instead.
Then I had a hidden iframe at the end of aspx page and when users clicked the
print button, it set the src for the iframe to a printer page template i
created and some javascript in this template page copied the text in the
parent document div tag to the div tag on the template page. Works pretty
good as far as I can see, have to wait and see how the users like it though.
I got this idea from a web page I found yesterday after "HOURS" of searching.
Here's the link if you'd like more info:
http://www.ftponline.com/vsm/2004_10...columns/aspnet

The iframe stuff starts on page 2 of the article.
"John Timney (ASP.NET MVP)" wrote:
Many sites make use of media print CSS options as discussed here:
http://www.meyerweb.com/eric/article...ev/200001.html

--
Regards

John Timney
ASP.NET MVP
Microsoft Regional Director

"Bryan Z" <Br****@discussions.microsoft.com> wrote in message
news:92**********************************@microsof t.com...
I was wondering how do you print just part of a webform in asp.net -- like
just printing the contents of a textbox or label. I know that it will
involve javascript, but I cannot get the javascript function to work.
Basically, this is the scenario ---

A simple web page with a search form. User enters search value, and a
datagrid displays what the search returns with a template column to link

to
the details of each record found. Template column link brings up a

textbox
that displays a long list of text (stored in sql as sqldbtype.text). Then

I
have a close button and a print button for just this textbox. What I want

to
do is just print what is in the textbox. I have written something for

which
it will print, but it opens a new page and pressing back does not take you
back to the form displaying the original textbox.

As an example, in Microsoft's Knowledge Base, when you open one of the
articles, there is a link on the right that says Print this page. You

click
it, and it pops up the print dialog box, and then you click Ok, and it

prints
just the article --- not all the other stuff on the page. That is what

I'd
like to be able to do. But, I do not really care. Just opening a new

page
with just the text from the text box in it would be ok with me.

Any help would be much appreciated --- Thanks!!


Jul 21 '05 #4

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