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PrintTool.ShowRibbonPreviewDialog(IWin32Window, UserLookAndFeel) Method

Invokes the Ribbon Print Preview dialog showing the document that is created from a source (report or link) assigned to the PrintTool. The dialog is invoked as a child of the specified parent window, using the specified look-and-feel settings.

Namespace: DevExpress.XtraPrinting

Assembly: DevExpress.XtraPrinting.v24.1.dll

NuGet Packages: DevExpress.Win.Navigation, DevExpress.Win.Printing


public void ShowRibbonPreviewDialog(
    IWin32Window owner,
    UserLookAndFeel lookAndFeel


Name Type Description
owner IWin32Window

A IWin32Window object that is the parent window for this dialog.

lookAndFeel UserLookAndFeel

A UserLookAndFeel object, specifying the look-and-feel settings applied to the Ribbon Print Preview form.


Use the ShowRibbonPreviewDialog method to invoke the Print Preview dialog showing a report document.


The ShowRibbonPreviewDialog method internally generates a report document, if it is has not yet been created.

If the document has already been created when you call the ShowRibbonPreviewDialog method, it will not be re-created. For this reason, if the report has been changed, call the XtraReport.CreateDocument or Link.CreateDocument method prior to calling the ShowRibbonPreviewDialog method.

After closing the Print Preview form, it is required to explicitly dispose of the document source (report or link) assigned to the PrintTool.

The options of the Print Preview Form are available via the PrintTool.PreviewRibbonForm property.


In Windows Forms applications, you can show a document’s Print Preview by using the following methods of the ReportPrintTool: PrintTool.ShowRibbonPreview and PrintTool.ShowRibbonPreviewDialog.

This code will work in your application after you create a new report in it (named XtraReport1) and handle the Load event of the application’s main form.

using System;
using System.Windows.Forms;
using DevExpress.LookAndFeel;
using DevExpress.XtraReports.UI;
// ...

private void Form1_Load(object sender, EventArgs e) {
    XtraReport1 report = new XtraReport1();

    using (ReportPrintTool printTool = new ReportPrintTool(report)) {
        // Invoke the Ribbon Print Preview form modally, 
        // and load the report document into it.

        // Invoke the Ribbon Print Preview form
        // with the specified look and feel setting.
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