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 an Entire Workbook by Default.

Printing an Entire Workbook by Default

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 3, 2016)

When you choose to print in Excel, the Print dialog box has controls that allow you to specify many things about the print job. The controls in the Print What area of the dialog box allow you to indicate whether you want to print the selected worksheets, the selection, or the entire workbook. The option in the Print What area normally defaults to Active Worksheets, but what if you want it to default so the entire workbook is printed?

Unfortunately, Excel does not remember what you select in the Print What area from one print job to the next; it always resets the default. The easiest way to always print the entire workbook, however, it to make a simple little macro like this:

Sub PrintItAll()
    ActiveWorkbook.PrintOut
End Sub

You can then create a button on a toolbar and assign this macro to that button. When you want to print the entire workbook, just click on the button. Easy and quick.

Note:

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ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2001) 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 an Entire Workbook by Default.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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