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Posted 27 Jan 2008

VB6 Save Form Image To File

, 27 Jan 2008
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Save Visual Basic 6 Form's image as seen on screen to a file


This is sample code to save image of the VB 6.0 form to a file.


Normally the Form.image property only provides the drawing and printed text in the bitmap image. However if there are image controls, buttons, icons etc on the form then this code pictures those too.

Using the code

There is one single procedure SaveFormImageToFile which is self explainatory. The API BitBlt is used to convert form image to a picture and assign it to picture box. Then the image property of the picture box is used to store the picture using SavePicture methode.

Add a separate Picture box and command button on the form with its properties as given below:

Private Declare Function BitBlt Lib "gdi32" _
(ByVal hDestDC As Long, ByVal x As Long, ByVal y As Long, _
ByVal nWidth As Long, ByVal nHeight As Long, _
ByVal hSrcDC As Long, ByVal xSrc As Long, ByVal ySrc As Long, _
ByVal dwRop As Long) As Long

Public Sub SaveFormImageToFile(ByRef ContainerForm As Form, _
                               ByRef PictureBoxControl As PictureBox, _
                               ByVal ImageFileName As String)
  Dim FormInsideWidth As Long
  Dim FormInsideHeight As Long
  Dim PictureBoxLeft As Long
  Dim PictureBoxTop As Long
  Dim PictureBoxWidth As Long
  Dim PictureBoxHeight As Long
  Dim FormAutoRedrawValue As Boolean
  With PictureBoxControl
    'Set PictureBox properties
    .Visible = False
    .AutoRedraw = True
    .Appearance = 0 ' Flat
    .AutoSize = False
    .BorderStyle = 0 'No border
    'Store PictureBox Original Size and location Values
    PictureBoxHeight = .Height: PictureBoxWidth = .Width
    PictureBoxLeft = .Left: PictureBoxTop = .Top
    'Make PictureBox to size to inside of form.
    .Align = vbAlignTop: .Align = vbAlignLeft
    FormInsideHeight = .Height: FormInsideWidth = .Width
    'Restore PictureBox Original Size and location Values
    .Align = vbAlignNone
    .Height = FormInsideHeight: .Width = FormInsideWidth
    .Left = PictureBoxLeft: .Top = PictureBoxTop
    FormAutoRedrawValue = ContainerForm.AutoRedraw
    ContainerForm.AutoRedraw = False
    'Copy Form Image to Picture Box
    BitBlt .hDC, 0, 0, _
    FormInsideWidth / Screen.TwipsPerPixelX, _
    FormInsideHeight / Screen.TwipsPerPixelY, _
    ContainerForm.hDC, 0, 0, _
    SavePicture .Image, ImageFileName
    ContainerForm.AutoRedraw = FormAutoRedrawValue
  End With
End Sub

Private Sub Command1_Click()
  SaveFormImageToFile frmSaveFormImageToFile, Picture1, "C:\Temp.bmp"
End Sub

Otherwise the code will set it.

Points of Interest

Image of the form in VB 6 along with the controls and their images is new.


This code is my first upload


This article, along with any associated source code and files, is licensed under The Code Project Open License (CPOL)


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QuestionWhy the picture not save correctly if I change from button click to form load Pin
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GeneralScreen dump to file Pin
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QuestionSave of images if the image falls below the screen bottom Pin
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GeneralSavePicture Function Pin
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