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    Default Sending text to printer

    Example below sends the text to the printer for printing. Its a very simple way of doing things.

    Java Code:
    public class SimplePrinting {
      public static void main(String[] args) {
        try {
          FileWriter out = new FileWriter("lpt1");
          out.write("Hello world");
          out.write(0x0D); // CR
        catch (IOException e) {

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    With JAVA, this writes to a file called "lpt1". Yes, this is extremely useful. Here's a simple method that takes a string and produces a physical piece of paper with words on it. Better yet it provides a dialog to which the user can select what printer and many (but usually not all) printer settings.

    Java Code:
    PrintingTask.print("Hello World");
    Java Code:
    class PrintingTask extends SwingWorker<Object, Object> {
            private JTextArea text = new JTextArea();
            public PrintingTask(String data) {
            public static void print(String data) {
                new PrintingTask(data);
            protected Object doInBackground() {
                try {
                    text.print(new MessageFormat(""), new MessageFormat(""), true, null, null, true);
                } catch (PrinterException ex) {
                    //Opps... cant print. Insert error handling code here.
                return null;

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