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I need to print out 20 individual Word documents. I don't want to open each up and click Print.

Can I somehow print all at once?

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Does it have to be a Linux solution? – Kruug Jan 3 '13 at 17:52
I rephrased your question to ask about your real problem. Why would you need to concatenate them if there was a simple solution to print all? Just ask about what you need to do and not about your attempted solution. That will give you better answers. See: What is the XY problem? – slhck Jan 3 '13 at 18:04
@slhck Just a friendly note - you've removed all reference to Linux in your edit; was this intentional? – Graham Wager Jan 3 '13 at 18:07
@GrahamWager Not intentional, you're right. I accidentally removed it while editing the title. Since the user (based on their previous questions) also has OS X and Windows, we could leave that part open for clarification. – slhck Jan 3 '13 at 18:10
Nice use of my user history :). Yes, I do have Windows (at home). I guess a bonus would be the same thing in Linux. Haha. – engineerchuan Jan 3 '13 at 19:43
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In windows you can select multiple files right click and choose print and it will print all that you selected

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however it with my testing it only works with up to 15 documents at a time (I guess it is to prevent an accidental catastrophe by printing the wrong folder.)

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That arbitrary and stupid 15 file limit exists for the Details pane as well in Windows 7's Explorer. – Karan Jan 3 '13 at 18:58
@Karan There is a limit? I didnt know that. Well, I can see someone printing out 1000 documents at once by accident. – Keltari Feb 24 '14 at 17:31
You can remove the limit. See here: – ComFreek May 7 '14 at 18:52
@ComFreek: You you can, but not for the Details pane unfortunately. :( – Karan Jun 11 '14 at 21:44

I'm thinking that this is more than just a one time need (otherwise you can use the Windows UI to select multiple documents, right-click, and choose print).

Would a macro be acceptable? Here's the basic code needed to open and print a Word doc from a macro:

Sub PrintDocMacro()

Dim objWord As Object
Set objWord = CreateObject("Word.application") 'Start app
objWord.Documents.Open FileName:="c:\Temp\test.docx" 'Open doc
objWord.Visible = True
objWord.Application.PrintOut 'Print doc
objWord.ActiveDocument.Close savechanges:=True 'close & save doc
objWord.Application.Quit 'Close app
Set objWord = Nothing

End Sub

We'd need to write a loop to print all of the docs you want. If the docs you want to print are all of the docs in a given folder, we could do that too. Microsoft has example code for reading a directory.

If you want to print these on a schedule for some reason, I suppose you could make the file containing the macro run it with AutoOpen and even close when done and just schedule that macro-enabled file to be opened via the Task Scheduler.

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What about putting together some shell commands and submitting each file to the printer individually?

Or even:

 lpr *.doc

Combining Microsoft *.doc files is not really possible in the way you want to do it. This is due to all the document header information at the top of each file.

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I print all documents (usually up to 30-32 documents) at once from a folder, by selecting all of them and then R-click and choose print. This sends to default printer with printer's current settings and current settings of each file. This was possible using Windows XP Professional, with MS Word 2003. Now we are switching to Windows 7 and I will need to figure out a new way and I did notice the file limit is 15 (if you select more than 15, "print all" is not available in R-click menu), which then you cannot just click on print and leave the computer to do something else, you have to wait until all printed and do it again. Also, the efficiency with which Windows XP and MSW 2003 opened a document and sent to print is way better than Windows 7 (but I was running 7 from a MAC Parallels Program).

I also noticed that if I open a blank Word window and re-size it to the bare minimimum rectangle on Desktop (this is not minimizing it to status bar) before I sent multiple files to Print, efficiency of Word with opening, sending and closing each file was increased.

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