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Printer Control Code

The Printer Control Code list contains all the commands that Collect! recognizes for controlling printer attributes.

View Printer Code List

These are the codes that you can use in your Report Body to format text for outputting to your printer or printing to your screen as HTML pages.

See Also:

- How To Control Print Attributes
- How To Edit Style Sheets (HTML information)

Using A Printer Control Code From The List

Click on a command to add the code to your Report Body. Collect! will automatically prefix your Code with the required '@' symbol. Press F2 again and choose the command from the list a second time to enter it at the end of the text you are formatting.

tip.gif Attributes must be switched 'On' and 'Off' when you use them.

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Code

This is an identifier of the command that you will use when editing your report text. The commands can be any character. We have used the special typographic characters for convenience. When you enter a command in report text, the command must start with the @ symbol. For example, if you have a command '!' for bold printing, the report text '@!THIS TEXT IS BOLD@!' would cause the words to print in bold on the page.

tip.gif When you choose a Code from the Printer Control Code list, it is automatically entered into your Report Body with the '@' prefix that Collect! uses for all of its commands in the Report Body.

Using a Printer Control Code turns the print attribute on. Using the SAME Printer Control Code again, at the end of the text you want to format, turns it off again.

warning.gif WARNING: Don't forget to turn the attribute off when you are finished with it. Everything following the attribute is set to that attribute until the report writer finds the attribute that turns it off. Sometimes that will not be until the next printed letter.

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Name

This is a brief description of the command. For instance, "Underline" means this is the UNDERLINE command Code [@%]. While, "20 cpi Fixed" explain that the code in the Code column [ @D] will set the font size to 20 cpi when it is used in your report.

tip.gif Because '%' is a system code, you must type '%%' whenever you want to print a percentage sign in your text!

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On

This field is for internal use only. It displays the way the particular type of printer interprets the Printer Control Code that Collect! uses to turn this attribute On.

tip.gif If the Name column for a particular attribute is not very descriptive, you can look in the ON field to determine what the effect will be if you apply the Printer Control Code in the Code column to your text.

The information in this field is NOT entered into your Report Body.

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Off

This field is for internal use only. It displays the way the particular type of printer interprets the Printer Control Code that Collect! uses to turn this attribute Off.

The information in this field is NOT entered into your your Report Body.

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Printer

These are the types of printing that Collect! supports:

HTML

Dot Matrix

Laser Jet

Ink Jet

Device Context (DC)

You can set up printer types using the Print menu, Settings, Report and Printer Setup command. This will display the Report and Printer Setup form. The default printing options set in this form determine how Collect! interprets the printer control codes.

Each different type of printer uses its own internal way of sending messages to the printer. In the On and Off fields, you will notice the different ways these printers interpret Collect!'s printer control codes. However, you do not have to worry about these particulars if you use the printer control codes that Collect! has already set up for controlling different print attributes. Collect! interprets the codes depending on your Printer Setup.

Printer types are also set up when you first install Collect!

tip.gif Default printer setup can be over-ridden at the Operator level.

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Quick Print

Printer control codes are only used when printing reports and letters. Quick Print does not use printer control codes.

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Help

Press this button for help on the Printer Control Code form and links to related topics.

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Delete

This button is visible on the list of all Printer Control Codes.

warning.gif WARNING: Do not delete codes that Collect! has supplied or your reports will not print properly.

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Edit

This button is visible on the list of all Printer Control Codes. Select it to modify the settings for the selected printer control code.

tip.gif Be aware when editing codes that changes affect many reports and letters. Only make modifications that you are sure of or have been instructed to make by Collect! Technical Services.

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New

This button is visible on the list of all Printer Control Codes. Select it to add a new printer control code to the list.

warning.gif WARNING: Do not duplicate codes that are already in use. Collect! has a few codes set up already that are not used. It is preferable to modify these codes rather than attempting to create a new code. Only select NEW if you know what you are doing.

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OK

Selecting this button will save any data you have entered and return you to the previous form.

<<

Selecting this button will take you back to another record or scroll through the list.

>>

Selecting this button will take you forward to another record or scroll through the list.

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Cancel

Select this button to ignore any changes you have made and return to the previous form.

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See Also

- How To Control Print Attributes
- How To Edit Style Sheets
- How To Setup Operators
- Default Printer Codes

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