Printing Word Documents based on Excel Sheet


Board Regular
Nov 30, 2010

Bit of a shot in the dark here, but know that this is likely the best possible resource to ask.

My department admins have a lot of documents to print every week for various other departments, and printing these out is not only tedious and labour intensive - but open to errors and missed documents.

I was wondering if it was possible to use both VBA and Excel to take the risk of error, and the labour, out of the task.

Is it possible to have an Excel Spreadsheet listing the documents that need printing, with the folder location, and the number of copies - then having VBA work down the list opening, printing and closing each one?

For example:

1Document NameLocation# Copies
2Document 1.docxC:\Folder\30
3Document 2.docxC:\Folder6\50


Is this something that can be done?

I would like to be able to update the list of documents if and when needed, and the VBA Button to go down the list until there is nothing left to process, printing the documents with the number of copies stipulated in the Worksheet.

At the moment, it is just an idea - so I haven't done much research on this. But if someone could tell me if this is possible, I would really appreciate it.



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Johnny C

Well-known Member
Nov 7, 2006
Try here

Put the loop to loop through your cells in this bit:
Set objDoc = objWord.Documents.Open("C:\Test\SomeDocument.docx")

' Step 3 -- in this case, print out the document without any prompts
My Excel is tied up at the moment but there's probably a 'Copies:=' parameter

StackOverflow is a better resource for questions like that, as switching between Office apps using VBA has a lot of technical niggles.

One of which might be timing in this instance, if it takes word some time to print 50 copies, you might need to hard code a delay
For i = 1 to 5000: DoEvents: Next i
as Excel and Word are different processes and Excel won't wait for Word to finish, it just sends the command to the Word instance and ploughs on with the Excel VBA.
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Well-known Member
Jul 2, 2014
From a recording of a printing in Word...
If you leave out the ActivePrinter it will print to the default or last printer used in Word.

ActivePrinter = "PH90000_011"
Application.PrintOut FileName:="", Range:=wdPrintAllDocument, Item:= _
        wdPrintDocumentContent, [COLOR=#0000ff]Copies:=19[/COLOR], Pages:="", PageType:=wdPrintAllPages, _
         Collate:=True, Background:=True, PrintToFile:=False, PrintZoomColumn:=0, _
         PrintZoomRow:=0, PrintZoomPaperWidth:=0, PrintZoomPaperHeight:=0
Replace Application with objDoc (?)

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