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Excel Won't Print

Discussion in 'Business Applications' started by noradahammar, Feb 15, 2011.

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  1. noradahammar

    noradahammar Thread Starter

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    Hello Everyone,

    So this is my first time using a forum to troubleshoot an excel problem. I consider myself fairly savvy but I'm about to go crazy! I found a thread similar to my problem but not quite.

    So riddle me this:

    I can print from all other sources on my computer.
    I have cleared, reestablished, and checked my print area's over and over.
    Print preview shows my workbook as ready to print.
    I then print.
    The sheets appear to actually be printing, taking its time to finish each in the usual time, but simply not print with any ink.
    I can take the very excel spreadsheet, print to PDF, and then take that PDF and print - works fine BUT NOT WITH EXCEL :confused:

    What's my problem?

    PS: I don't have any ink in my color cartridge but I wouldn't think that would effect is since Word and PDF do fine. Please, any advice might save me.
     
  2. PC_Wiz

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    What version of Office do you use?
    What is your operating system"
    What printer do you use?
    Also, did it ever worked?
     
  3. noradahammar

    noradahammar Thread Starter

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    I use Mac's Excel 2008
    I run OS-X
    I use HP Photosmart 4200 series
    As to if it ever worked. Yes but no longer for some odd reason.
     
  4. slurpee55

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    In Page Setup check to see that your page is set to print at 100% - I have had Excel sometimes (rarely, but sometimes) change this for no apparent reason to like 1%. It then has to print each page, as usual, but it is so small that you can barely see it. It would convert to a PDF properly, however, for PDFs manage how they are printed differently.
     
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  6. noradahammar

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    Well I know it is not to do with the Page Setup. I am all my pages to 'shrink to fit' and it comes us in the print preview just find.

    PC Wiz: I went the website you posted and tried their stuff. It didn't work.

    I do have a new development. So I have got excel to print my documents BUT ONLY if I take my original worksheets and copy every last one of them to a new workbook!!!! :mad: I have no idea why this is, but currently it is my only alternative to get my worksheets to print and it is superior to saving every single last one to a PDF.

    If anyone else has thoughts it would be appreciated...
     
  7. slurpee55

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    Sorry, but this just confirms my thoughts. "Shrink to fit" does just that, literally. If your print area data should be covering 3 pages but you have it set to shrink, it will print on 1 page - probably totally illegibly, but all there. Print preview may look fine, but page setup doesn't communicate with print preview. Page setup deals with your printer drivers and actual printing issues.

    I would also bet that if you copy your data to a new workbook and it prints correctly the page setup of the new workbook is different from the original.
     
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