The add-in, described below, which has been extensively revised for 2012, involved draws upon the code used in the 'boiler' add-in which you can view here.
The code has been modified to allow only Word doc & docx format documents to be selected, ordered and printed, and is presented in the form of a pair of add-ins.
The add-in may also be used in conjunction with the add-in to merge to individual documents to send each merge document to the printer as a separate task e.g. where the printer provides stapling or folding functions.
The function is activated from a button which is added to the Add-ins tab in Word 2007/2016, or via a toolbar button in 2002-3. The Word 2007-2016 version additionally has buttons to remove the registry settings and to display this web page.
When the Batch Print Documents button is first clicked, the user is prompted to select the folder containing the documents to be printed. Select the required folder as shown in the following illustration.
Click OK to proceed or Cancel to quit.
The following illustrations are from the Word 2007/2010 Version.
The first time the function is used, the following disclaimer text is displayed. Please read all of the text before continuing.
This dialog can be omitted on subsequent use by means of a check box at the bottom of the main dialog.
When the dialog is closed, the mail form is displayed as shown below:
Documents may be selected individually or collectively, and you can choose to add a prompt between the printing of each document e.g. to manually feed paper.
This page was originally inspired by a Word newsgroup question from a user who wanted to batch print a selection of Word files in a particular order.
It is possible to simply select group of files using Windows Explorer or its Vista equivalent, right click and select the option to print, and the documents will be printed, but to force the documents to be printed in a particular order, or even the order in which they appear in Explorer, is a little more complex.