Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Printing via Macro without Messages.

Printing via Macro without Messages

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated April 7, 2012)

Vidar is trying to print a Word document by automation. When printing, Word interrupts the print job, displaying a dialog box that indicates the document is too wide for the selected printer and asking if it should be printed anyway. Vidar wonders if there is a way to suppress this notification programmatically and always print anyway.

Perhaps the easiest way is to simply turn off notifications just before you start to print. Simply add this line to your macro:

Application.DisplayAlerts = False

This turns off the alerts (in this case, the unwanted dialog box). You can later, after the printing is done, set the DisplayAlerts property back to True so that regular notifications occur.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (576) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Printing via Macro without Messages.

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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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