How to determine how many pages will be printed in Excel

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Microsoft Visual Basic for Applications does not provide a method to determine the total number of pages that will print in a worksheet. However, you can use the ExecuteExcel4Macro method to use the GET.DOCUMENT(50) macro sheet function to return the total number of pages that will be printed on the active worksheet.


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  1. Create a new Microsoft Excel workbook.
  2. Select the range A1:J100.
  3. Enter the number 1 and press CTRL+ENTER. You should see all the selected cells filled with the number 1.
  4. Insert a Visual Basic macro module.
  5. Type the following code in the module:
    Sub ShowMe()
        MsgBox ExecuteExcel4Macro("GET.DOCUMENT(50)") & _
            " pages will be printed."
    End Sub
  6. Run the macro.


Additional information on the Get.Document macro function can be found in the Excel Function reference manual.


Article ID: 213810 - Last Review: January 24, 2007 - Revision: 5.3
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