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    Print without reloading entire document (Office 2000 Sr1a)

    I have a 35 page brochure with pictures totalling 70 mb.
    I usually print just one page at a time (maybe 100 copies) for collating later on.
    But the process of loading the document is slow because of its size.
    Is there some way to print a single page without loading the whole document each time? I've tried automating Word via Access but it still appears to load the whole document, albeit invisibly, so still takes forever. Seems silly. You'd think you could save your printed page to some kind of file which you could call upon in future without the need to re-invoke the whole print from entire document process. Does such a beast exist?
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    Re: Print without reloading entire document (Office 2000 Sr1a)

    An app has no way of knowing how to paginate a document until it loads the whole thing.

    At best, it could have an option to load every page up to, and including, the pages you wish to print.

    You might do better by creating a PDF file and then use Acrobat to select the pages for printing. Might be less overhead that way as th ePDF file would already be formatted for printing.

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    Re: Print without reloading entire document (Office 2000 Sr1a)

    I was thinking that someone might have a VBA procedure that splits the 35 page document into 35 single page documents. Then you could just load document 17, for example, to print page 17.
    Thanks anyway for your ideas!

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    Re: Print without reloading entire document (Office 2000 Sr1a)

    You could do it one time, but because the Word file format is so weird, and undocumented unless you enter into a special deal with MS, I don't think it could be done, as a practical matter, on the fly. Would be nice, but...

    I experimented with a 1 meg file with 38 modestly sized images and turning Tools, Options..., View, Picture Placeholders on and off before opening it. I didn't see much difference. When I hit preview mode with placeholders on, the preview was almost instant, so I know the pictures are loading and I guess not much is saved by not rendering them in normal mode. Wtih your document, it might make more of a difference, but it's pure speculation on my part. Probably ANY 70 meg document will take a long time to open.

    Maybe a memory upgrade would help? I think the image format also contributes to slowness: if it isn't a native .bmp, I think Word loads filters to interpret the blob of data every time you re-open the document.

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    Re: Print without reloading entire document (Office 2000 Sr1a)

    Depressing news!
    It's not so bad, I just thought there might be an elegant solution. I have 512 mb of DDR RAM, I think this ought to be sufficient! Thanks for the ideas.

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    Re: Print without reloading entire document (Office 2000 Sr1a)

    One other thought relating to this: is the delay you're getting purely related to loading, or is any of it related to repagination on open (i.e. View is set to PrintView)? - is the delay shorter if you open the document in Normal view?

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    Re: Print without reloading entire document (Office 2000 Sr1a)

    This might sound naive but I forgot there was any other view than Print View! I mean, I knew they were there but I don't use them much. The document seems to want to open in Print view by default - how is this changed? Can't seem to see anything under 'Options'.
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    Re: Print without reloading entire document (Office 2000 Sr1a)

    Docs open in the last view they were viewed in. The view info will be saved with other changes when you save the doc, but if you change just the view and save, it doesn't stick.

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    Re: Print without reloading entire document (Office 2000 Sr1a)

    I just KNEW there was some trick to it.
    (thanks very much Mr. Gates)
    Will try pronto.

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    Re: Print without reloading entire document (Office 2000 Sr1a)

    Dave,

    If all you want to do is print/view, another approach (in addition to saving the Normal view) is to use a program called Quick View (QV) or Quick View Plus (QVP). I think QV has come with Windows for some time but QVP costs money.

    I have QVP and am able to open a Word doc (plus many other kinds of files) very quickly. Part of the problem of just opening Word is that you're getting the full Word capabilities, including those for changing the document plus any add-ins, templates, etc. So just opening Word on a 1-page doc can be quite time consuming. That's what QV and QVP avoid.

    I believe that even QV can deal with Word documents but it's been very long since I used only the basic QV.

    You also asked about splitting the 35-page doc into 35 separate files with VBA. I don't know anyone who has done this. However, I think I recall someone writing VBA to separate an Excel spreadbook into separate files for each sheet. However, that may be easier because Excel has an object model that recognizes each sheet as an addressable object. I don't think Word has any such equivalent for the page. It's not even easy to select a page. I have a macro, which I probably got from the Lounge, that does this to a point - the selection doesn't include the header/footer info.

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