Do you have a large batch of Word documents that you need to print, but you are trying to avoid opening each one of them individually to do so? Executing the same few steps over and over again to print like that can be tedious and time consuming, so you may be looking for a better way to do it. Fortunately there is a built-in option in Windows that you can take advantage of which allows you to print multiple Word documents at once.
Our guide below will walk you through the process of selecting multiple Word documents and printing them without needing to manually complete the Print steps from within the Word application.
How to Bulk Print Word Documents
The steps in this guide were performed on a computer using the Windows 7 operating system, but these steps will work in other versions of Windows as well, such as Windows 8 or Windows 10. Note that all of the documents that I am printing in the example below are the same page size. Depending on your printer and its settings, you might experience problems if you attempt to print multiple documents that require different sizes of paper. This tutorial requires you to have Microsoft Word installed on your computer, as Windows will need to open the program in order to print the file. However, it will not open the Print dialog so you will not have the option to change any of the print settings.
Step 1: Open the folder containing the multiple Word documents that you want to print.
Step 2: Hold down the Ctrl key on your keyboard and click each Word document that you want to print. Note that if you want to print a large grouping of documents you can click the top document, hold down the Shift key, then click the bottom document. This will select all of the documents between the top and bottom document that you selected.
Step 3: Click the Print button in the blue bar at the top of the window.
Your computer will then proceed to open and print each of the documents that you selected. It will also close each document after it has printed.
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