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Print Word Documents

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This document outlines the techniques used to print from the Word Processing Document API.

Use the RichEditDocumentServer.Print method to print a document with the default settings without end-user interaction.

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// Load a document from a file.
wordProcessor.LoadDocument("Documents\\Grimm.docx", DocumentFormat.OpenXml);

// Print the document to the default printer with the default settings.


The Print method works only on Windows OS. The PlatformNotSupportedException is thrown on other operating systems.

Change Printer Settings

Pass the PrinterSettings instance as the RichEditDocumentServer.Print method parameter to specify printer options (page range, number of copies, etc.).

View Example

using DevExpress.XtraRichEdit;
using System.Drawing.Printing;

using (var wordProcessor = new RichEditDocumentServer())

    PrinterSettings printerSettings = new PrinterSettings();

    // Set the document pages to print:
    printerSettings.FromPage = 2;
    printerSettings.ToPage = 3;

    // Specify the number of copies:
    printerSettings.Copies = 2;

    // Print the document: 


The Margins or Landscape property (accessible by the PrinterSettings.DefaultPageSettings property) do not affect the printed document’s layout. Change a document section settings (accessible by the Section.Page property) to modify the page layout properties before printing.

You can use the PrintingOptions class properties to specify additional print settings (to print the comment background color or update document variables before printing).

using DevExpress.XtraRichEdit;

PrintingOptions printOptions = wordProcessor.Options.Printing;
printOptions.EnableCommentBackgroundOnPrint = false;
printOptions.EnablePageBackgroundOnPrint = true;

DevExpress Printing Library (WinForms)

Use the DevExpress Printing Library to set options that are unavailable from RichEditDocumentServer directly. The PrintableComponentLinkBase class from this library allows you to change print settings (e.g., use a specific printer or disable error messages).

The Margins, PageHeaderFooter, PaperKind properties do not affect the printed document’s layout. Change a document section settings (accessible by the Section.Page property) to modify the page layout properties before printing.

The code sample below changes document layout settings and prints a document with the specified printer.

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using DevExpress.XtraPrinting;
using DevExpress.XtraPrintingLinks;
using DevExpress.XtraRichEdit;
using DevExpress.XtraRichEdit.API.Native;
using System;
using DevExpress.Drawing.Printing;
using System.Windows.Forms;

private void btn_PrintFromServer_Click(object sender, EventArgs e)
    using (RichEditDocumentServer wordProcessor = new RichEditDocumentServer())

        // Specify page layout settings.

        // Create a printable link to print a document.
private static void SetPrintOptions(IRichEditDocumentServer richEdit)
    foreach (Section _section in richEdit.Document.Sections)
        _section.Page.PaperKind = DXPaperKind.A4;
        _section.Page.Landscape = false;
        _section.Margins.Left = 150f;
        _section.Margins.Right = 150f;
        _section.Margins.Top = 50f;
        _section.Margins.Bottom = 50f;
        _section.PageNumbering.NumberingFormat = NumberingFormat.CardinalText;
        _section.PageNumbering.FirstPageNumber = 0;
private static void PrintWithLink(RichEditDocumentServer wordProcessor)
    if (!wordProcessor.IsPrintingAvailable) return;
    using (PrintingSystemBase ps = new PrintingSystemBase()) {
        using (PrintableComponentLinkBase link = new PrintableComponentLinkBase(ps)) {
            link.Component = wordProcessor;

            // Disable warnings.
            ps.ShowMarginsWarning = false;
            ps.ShowPrintStatusDialog = false;

            // Find a printer containing 'PDF' in its name.
            string printerName = String.Empty;
            for (int i = 0; i < PrinterSettings.InstalledPrinters.Count; i++)
                string pName = PrinterSettings.InstalledPrinters[i];
                if (pName.Contains("PDF"))
                    printerName = pName;

            // Run document creation

            // Print to the specified printer.
            PrintToolBase tool = new PrintToolBase(ps);

Export to PDF (ASP.NET)

Use the RichEditDocumentServer.ExportToPdf method which sends PDF output to a stream, as illustrated in the following code snippet:


Create the PdfExportOptions instance, set its PdfExportOptions.ShowPrintDialogOnOpen property to true and pass this object to the RichEditDocumentServer.ExportToPdf method to show the Print dialog when opening the file.

using DevExpress.XtraPrinting;
using DevExpress.XtraRichEdit;
using System;
using System.IO;

using (var wordProcessor = new RichEditDocumentServer()) {

    // Your code here to create, load or modify a document

    using (MemoryStream stream = new MemoryStream()) {
        PdfExportOptions options = new PdfExportOptions();
        options.ShowPrintDialogOnOpen = true;
        wordProcessor.ExportToPdf(stream, options);
        stream.Seek(0, SeekOrigin.Begin);

        Response.ContentType = "application/pdf";
        Response.AddHeader("content-disposition", "inline; filename=ExportedPdf.pdf");


If an application is hosted on Microsoft Azure, set the AzureCompatibility.Enable property to true.

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