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The “REPORT FORM TO FILE” command launches a WinFax application in Visual FoxPro for Windows

Article ID: 171266

Article Last Modified on 2/16/2005


  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 3.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 3.0b Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 5.0 Standard Edition
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 5.0a
  • Microsoft Visual FoxPro 6.0 Professional Edition

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In Visual FoxPro, issuing a "REPORT FORM TO FILE" command sends the contents of the report to a file with the selected printer driver's control codes. The file can then be copied to the selected printer. With WinFax (version 8.0) selected as the printer, issuing a "REPORT FORM TO FILE" command behaves the same if REPORT FORM to PRINTER. Rather than going to a file, WinFax is launched and the report is sent as a fax.

Note This problem does not seem to occur with Visual FoxPro 7.0, 8.0, and 9.0 when using WinFax Pro 10.


Steps to Reproduce Behavior

  1. Install WinFax 8.0. WinFax should appear as a Printer option.
  2. In Visual FoxPro, create and save a report as "FAXTEST." Select "WinFax" as the printer from the File, Page Setup menu option.
  3. From the Command window, issue the following code:

          REPORT FORM faxtest TO FILE test.fax

The WinFax application starts and proceeds to process the report as if it had been sent to PRINTER rather than send the report to a file.

Keywords: kbprb KB171266