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Printing Workbooks in a Folder

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Printing Workbooks in a Folder.

Have you collected a bunch of workbooks in a folder, and you want to print all of them at once? There are a couple of quick and easy ways you can do this. The first method involves the use of Windows, not Excel. Follow these general steps:

  1. Display the folder that contains all the documents you want to print.
  2. Create a selection set of the documents you want to print. (Select them all, using Ctrl and Shift to help put the selection set together.)
  3. Right-click on one of the selected workbooks. Windows displays a Context menu.
  4. Choose Print from the Context menu.

Excel is automatically started and each workbook is printed, in turn. You can also apply a variation on this approach:

  1. In Excel, display the Open dialog box.
  2. Using the controls in the dialog box, display the folder that contains the workbooks you want to print.
  3. Create a selection set of the workbooks you want to print.
  4. Right-click the selection set and choose Print from the resulting Context menu.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (3316) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Printing Workbooks in a Folder.

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