Microsoft KB Archive/48144

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Batch Printing of Files from Excel

The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Excel for Windows, versions 2.x, 3.0, 4.0, 4.0a
  • Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh, versions 2.x, 3.0, 4.0


The following macro prints a batch of files that are all found in the same directory. It requests a directory name and then prints all the files in that directory.

   A1: Batch Print
   A2: =INPUT("Input the Directory of the files to print",2,"Batch
        Print Directory")
   A4: =COLUMNS(FILES("*.xl?"))
   A5: =FOR("count",1,A4,1)
   A6: =OPEN(INDEX(FILES("*.xl?"),count),FALSE,FALSE)
   A7: =PRINT()
   A8: =CLOSE()
   A9: =NEXT()
   A10: =RETURN() 

If you are using Microsoft Excel for the Macintosh, you need to change lines A4 and A6 as follows: '

   A4: =Columns(files(":*")) 


   A6: =Open(Index(Files(":*"),count),false,false) 

If the directory contains more than 20 files and you are using versions of Microsoft Excel with Microsoft Windows 2.x or the run-time Microsoft Excel, the spooler should be disabled through the WIN.INI file by setting spooler=no. If you are using Microsoft Windows 3.0 or greater, remove the check in the Use Print Manager check box in the Printers dialog box in the Microsoft Windows 3.0 Control Panel.

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Last Reviewed: July 29, 1999
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