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The java.awt Package

18.50 java.awt.PrintGraphics (JDK 1.1)

The Graphics object returned by the getGraphics() method of PrintJob always implements this PrintGraphics interface. You can use this fact to distinguish a Graphics object that draws to the screen from one that generates hardcopy. This is a useful thing to do in a paint() method when you want to generate hardcopy that differs somewhat from what is displayed on-screen.

The getPrintJob() method defined by this interface can also be used, of course, to return the PrintJob with which the PrintGraphics object is associated.

public abstract interface PrintGraphics {
    // Public Instance Methods
            public abstract PrintJob getPrintJob();

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