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 a Short Selection.

Printing a Short Selection

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 18, 2016)

There are times when you don't want to print an entire document, but only a specific portion of the document. You can do this in Word—just start by selecting the portion you want printed. Then display the Print dialog box by choosing Print from the File menu.

To print just the selected portion of the document, choose Selection in the Page Range box, and click on OK. You should note that when you print a portion of your document in this manner, headers and footers are not printed—only the text you selected.

WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (1292) 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 a Short Selection.

Author Bio

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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