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Thread: Set page margins when printing in java

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    Default Set page margins when printing in java


    I wanted to set page margins and reduce them to accommodate the whole table I am creating.

    This is the code I am using to print :-
    JTextArea result_txt = new JTextArea(""); 
            JScrollPane sp_result_txt = new JScrollPane(result_txt);
            result_txt.setFont(new Font("Courier", Font.PLAIN, 11));
            result_txt.setText("some string generated dynamically");
    try {
                boolean complete = result_txt.print();
                if (complete) {
                } else {
            } catch (Exception pe) {

    thanks in advance.

    EDIT:- I just tried margins on JTextArea itself like this
    result_txt.setMargin(new Insets(-10, -10, -10, -10));
    Doesnt work for printing on paper though.

    On a closer look in the dialog box which pops open for print, the margins are pre-set to 1 inch on all top, bottom, left and right.

    If it is possible even zero inch margins will be good.

    Thanks again.

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    Default Re: Set page margins when printing in java

    Alright now I have found this article/code

    import java.awt.Color;
    import java.awt.Font;
    import java.awt.Graphics;
    import java.awt.Graphics2D;
    import java.awt.geom.Rectangle2D;
    import java.awt.print.PageFormat;
    import java.awt.print.Paper;
    import java.awt.print.Printable;
    import java.awt.print.PrinterException;
    import java.awt.print.PrinterJob;
    public class MainClass {
      public static void main(String[] args) throws Exception {
        PrinterJob pj = PrinterJob.getPrinterJob();
        PageFormat pf = pj.defaultPage();
        Paper paper = new Paper();
        double margin = 9;
        paper.setImageableArea(margin, margin, paper.getWidth() - margin * 2, paper.getHeight()
            - margin * 2);
        pj.setPrintable(new MyPrintable(), pf);
        if (pj.printDialog()) {
          try {
          } catch (PrinterException e) {
    class MyPrintable implements Printable {
      String str;
      public MyPrintable(String getStr)
         str = getStr;
      public int print(Graphics g, PageFormat pf, int pageIndex) {
        if (pageIndex != 0)
          return NO_SUCH_PAGE;
        Graphics2D g2 = (Graphics2D) g;
        g2.setFont(new Font("Serif", Font.PLAIN, 36));
        g2.drawString(str, 100, 100);
        Rectangle2D outline = new Rectangle2D.Double(pf.getImageableX(), pf.getImageableY(), pf
            .getImageableWidth(), pf.getImageableHeight());
        return PAGE_EXISTS;

    Seems to work but then it only prints one line. I think the "\n" in str is neglected totally. How to get around this now. Also if there is a better way to print a JTextArea and specify margins too let me know. Thanks.

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