Print Preview

Print Preview


An option when printing a report is to preview it prior to printing. In the previewer, there are numerous options, accessible from the toolbar and the keyboard.



The preview can be controlled by either using a mouse, or using the keyboard. The keyboard functions supported by the preview are as follows:



Space key


Pressing the Space key toggles the display between Normal and Zoomed mode. The cursor will appear as a magnifying glass with a "minus sign" when the image is in Zoomed mode, or with a "plus sign" when the image is in "normal" mode. If using a mouse, placing the cursor over the part of the page to be zoomed in on, then clicking the Left mouse button will cause the preview to zoom in on that part of the page.



Up, Down, Left, and Right arrow keys

Scrolling of the preview can be accomplished by using the "cursor" keys to shift the display up, down, left, and right.


Display Menu



Pressing Ctrl+M will open a popup Menu of available functions that correspond to the toolbar. Select the desired function and press Enter, or press the key corresponding to the underlined letter of the desired function. Note that only the available functions are listed on the menu. For example, if you are currently displaying the first   page of the report, the Previous Page and First Page menu items will not be available.

After selecting a function from the menu, the menu will disappear. To escape from the menu without making a selection, press the Esc until the Menu option disappears.

As an alternative to using the popup menu, you can use the "hot keys" defined below.


Full Width


Pressing Alt+W causes the report to be viewed full width. That is, it is stretched , or compressed, so the the full width of the report is visible. This is the initial view presented by the preview.


Full Height


Pressing Alt+H causes the report to be viewed full height. That is, it is stretched , or compressed, so the the full height of the report is visible.


Zoom Percent


Press Alt+Z to set the percent of magnification used to display the preview when it is in Zoomed mode. Use the Shift+Down arrow key to drop down the preset selections (then press Shift+Up/Down arrow key to select the desired value), or type the desired zoom percent.


First Page


Jumps to the first page of the report.


Previous Page


Jumps to the previous page of the report.


Next Page


Jumps to the next page of the report.


Last Page


Jumps to the last page of the report.


Print Page


Prints the currently displayed page of the report. The currently specified number of copies will be printed to the currently selected printer.


Page Number


Allows you to select the page number to be displayed.


Print Report


Prints the entire report (or only those pages specified in the Pages to Print prompt).


Number of Copies


Sets the number of copies to be printed when either of the print options above are selected. Use the Shift+Up arrow key and Shift+Down arrow key to make your selection, or simply type the desired number of copies.




Exits the preview with out printing the report.


Pages to Print


Used to specify the pages to be printed when the Print button is pressed. Enter the desired page number(s) to be printed using the syntax:   1-3, 5, 7, 10-15




Press the Search button to search for text strings within your report. Afterward use F3 (next found) and F2 (previous found) to navigate thru the pages containing the specified string.


Pin Screen


This button toggles whether to exit after printing (default, when not depressed), or to stay in the previewer after pressing the print button (when the toggle is depressed). You can set this toggle ON by default in the INI file specified for the previewer.