StartPage function (wingdi.h)

The StartPage function prepares the printer driver to accept data.


int StartPage(
  [in] HDC hdc


[in] hdc

A handle to the device context for the print job.

Return value

If the function succeeds, the return value is greater than zero.

If the function fails, the return value is less than or equal to zero.


Note  This is a blocking or synchronous function and might not return immediately. How quickly this function returns depends on run-time factors such as network status, print server configuration, and printer driver implementation—factors that are difficult to predict when writing an application. Calling this function from a thread that manages interaction with the user interface could make the application appear to be unresponsive.
The system disables the ResetDC function between calls to the StartPage and EndPage functions. This means that you cannot change the device mode except at page boundaries. After calling EndPage, you can call ResetDC to change the device mode, if necessary. Note that a call to ResetDC resets all device context attributes back to default values.

Neither EndPage nor StartPage resets the device context attributes. Device context attributes remain constant across subsequent pages. You do not need to re-select objects and set up the mapping mode again before printing the next page; however, doing so will produce the same results and reduce code differences between versions of Windows.


For a sample program that uses this function, see How To: Print Using the GDI Print API.


Requirement Value
Minimum supported client Windows 2000 Professional [desktop apps only]
Minimum supported server Windows 2000 Server [desktop apps only]
Target Platform Windows
Header wingdi.h (include Windows.h)
Library Gdi32.lib
DLL Gdi32.dll

See also


Print Spooler API Functions