Print Screen Does Not Issue a Formfeed After Printing (57430)
The information in this article applies to:
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 3.1
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 3.2
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 3.21
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 3.3
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 3.3a
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 4.0
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 4.01
• Microsoft MS-DOS operating system 5.0
This article was previously published under Q57430
When you use the SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN key combination to print the contents
of a screen, you must press the formfeed button on your printer to receive
The Print Screen function, activated by pressing SHIFT+PRINT SCREEN on the
IBM keyboard, does not issue a formfeed command to the printer after
printing the contents of the screen. Since multiple screens may be desired
on the same printer page, the formfeed is not sent.
This causes problems for printers that generate a complete page image in
memory before printing the page. Such printers wait until either the memory
image of a page is full or a formfeed character is received.
A formfeed character can be sent to the printer from the MS-DOS command
prompt by entering the following command:
Several commercial software packages are available for printing graphics
and text on a variety of types and brands of printers. Many of these
packages come with drivers for various printers and may issue a formfeed on
those printers that require it.
Public domain software that installs a memory-resident program which sends
a formfeed to the printer on request is also available. A variation of this
type of software may replace the Print Screen routine with one that always
issues a formfeed after printing the screen.
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