Changing Cell Values while Printing

Madhabi wants to print four copies of a worksheet, but have the value of cell A7 change for each copy. The four values are “Original,” “Duplicate,” “File,” and “Driver.” All other data being the same, Madhabi wonders how he can change the text of cell A7 while printing.

One possible approach is to create four different worksheets that contain essentially the same information. Worksheets 2 through 4 could all reference cells on worksheet 1, with the exception of cell A7 which could be set on each worksheet to a different value (“Original,” “Duplicate,” etc.).

A better approach, however, would be to create a quick macro that you could use for your printing. The macro could handle changing the value of cell A7 just before the worksheet is printed each time. Here’s a simple example:

Sub PrintCopies()
    Dim i As Integer
    Dim VList As Variant

    VList = Array("Original", "Duplicate", "File", "Driver")
    For i = LBound(VList) To UBound(VList)
        Range("A7") = VList(i)
        ActiveSheet.PrintOut 
    Next
End Sub

The macro places the four values destined for cell A7 into an array. The macro then steps through each of the four array elements, putting the value into cell A7, and then printing the worksheet. Printing is done to whatever the default printer is on the system.

The macro could easily be assigned to a shortcut key or to the Quick Access Toolbar (as described in other ExcelTips) so that it you could print all four copies quickly.