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Tuesday, February 23rd, 2010 by | Filed Under: MS Office Help

Ever find that you need to print only part of a Word document? Let’s say from page 3 to the end?

To accomplish this task I’m sure you already know that when you get to the Print dialog box you need to use the Pages field.


We all know that we can enter a range of pages for printing by using a hyphen between the first page number and the last page number.

But, what if you’re not sure how many pages are in the document? (Not everyone has that information readily accessible on the Status bar.)

Do you exit out of the Print dialog box to go and find out?

Let’s hope not.

You could choose to put an ending number on that is definitely beyond the last page of the document… something like 200 maybe.

Or, better yet, to use page 3 as an example let’s try this in the Pages field:


No, that’s not a typo.

Leave the ending page blank (after the hyphen) and Word will know to print to the end all on its own.

And… as an added bonus… you can use the same idea to print from a specific page back to the beginning of the document. For example, -3 tells Word to print pages 1 through 3.

While I admit that this is some miracle time saver that will make us all twice efficient as we were before it’s still a trick that could come in handy and save us a bit of hassle now and again.


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