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  1. #1
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    7th August 2006

    VBA Code For Printing Variable Print Ranges

    I am trying to write VBA code that will print a print range that is presented in cell F3 on a "Reports" worksheet. The content of F3 will change depending on how many reports the user selects to print. For example, he could select one, two, three reports etc - up to twelve. The cell ranges of each report are named (e.g. Report1, Report2 etc) so that if the user selects to print Reports 1 and 2, the contents of cell F3 are "Report1,Report2".

    If I replace WhatToPrint with "Report1,Report2" the print macro works. Can anyone help me to understand why it doesn't work when I leave WhatToPrint in?

    Really appreciate your help with this!


    Sub Macro2() 
         ' Macro2 Macro
         ' Macro recorded 05/05/2009 by JW8836
        Dim WhatToPrint As String 
        WhatToPrint = Sheets("Reports").Cells(3, 6).Value 
         'sets the variable to equal the contents of cell D3 which contains the formula
         'summarising the print ranges I want to print
        Sheets("Reports").Cells(3, 6).Select 
        ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = WhatToPrint 
         ' pastes the variable in cell F3 - just to check that it looks like I want it to
        Sheets("Reports").PageSetup.PrintArea = WhatToPrint 
         'uses the variable to set print area - this is where it fails!
         'if you replace the variable with the contents of cell F3 the macro will work
    End Sub 

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    19th January 2007
    South Carolina, USA

    Re: Printing Variable Print Ranges

    Define each print area as a named range.
    Use Data Validation, list option, to present the report selections
    Pass the value in the validation cell to VBA as follows:

    Sub PrintReport() 
        With Sheet1 
            .PageSetup.PrintArea = "" 'clear the print area
            .PageSetup.PrintArea = .Range("A1").Value 
        End With 
    End Sub 
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  3. #3
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    20th February 2006
    London, UK

    Re: Printing Variable Print Ranges

    Your code works for me, though I don't see why you need the second and third lines. What error do you get?

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    Re: Printing Variable Print Ranges

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