Using the best tools for the job

Rather than print directly from within WineBase the program creates a text file from the Index Listing, adds a heading with additional information and places it in the C:\WineBase32\TextFile\ folder.

To start the printing process click the button or you can use the Print menu on the Index Listing WineBar.

The default format for Printing is HTML (as a table) which may appear to be a slightly odd choice but it allows for a nicely formatted document. The default filename is WINELIST.HTM and you'll be creating a new file. Simply select what fields you wish to print, keeping in mind that there are twenty in total and if you select them all then it's going to be a very wide document, even in landscape mode. Then click on the Print button.

The file will be opened in your web browser and from there you can preview and print it. Quick, easy and very effective.

However if you want to exercise more control over the format of the document there are other options, these being CSV, TAB and Columns. All of these file types will be opened in the default word processor for TXT files which should be WordPad but if WineBase can't find that then NotePad will be used instead. Whilst the version of WordPad that comes with Windows 7 is pretty good you can of course choose to open these files in another more advanced application.

CSV is a very useful format as any spreadsheet or database program can open it and these usually have very flexible and easy to use formatting options.

TAB is the standard format for word processors such as Word etc. for formatting columns but you do need to know how to set TAB stops.

Columns (padded) is included for those who don't and for simple lists of not many columns and opened and printed directly from within WordPad or Notepad works pretty well.

This is what a TAB formatted file opened in WordPad looks like...

...with all the columns squashed together and nothing lined up with the headings. This is because whilst the file is TAB delimited the TAB stops haven't been set. You set these by highlighting all the text you wish to format and then left clicking on the Ruler for each TAB position. In this case at 2, 6, 10, 15 and 17.5cm. If the word processor isn't showing a Ruler then read the Help file for that application on how to do this and for that matter how to set TAB stops.

Now would also be a good time to apply any other formatting such as changing the fonts and sizes, colours, adding additional comments or whatever.

This is why the printing in WineBase is done this way as it allows you complete control over what you print and it's appearance.

For creating such things as wine lists I suggest you only select the Vintage, Winery, Label and perhaps Region and create an initial file with your selections and then if required append additional files with further wine selections.