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Print clipboard from Excel Menu.

Sometimes I just want to print what I am looking at on my monitor. Maybe a recipe, a sales ad to take to the store, documentation for a current project, etc. Ideally the Print Screen key would really print off what I am looking at. But nope.

Here is my next best thing:
1) copy something to the clipboard (using Print Screen, Alt+Print Screen, screen capture software)
2) click custom menu item PrintMe on my Excel menu bar
3) behold your printed page.

I use Excel a lot so it is always running on my pc.
The PrintMe menu item activates a small macro. The macro opens a blank workbook named PrintThis, pastes the contents of clipboard, formats the sheet to landscape and fit to 1 page, prints to your printer, then closes itself, ready for the next time. All this is transparent to the user so it feels like all you do is click the PintMe Menu and its done.

I would like to know how others handle this task, is there an easier way?


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I usually just print to...

I usually just print to PDF. :) PDF is nice because it preserves the formatting of the original, and is grokked by most of the software for data/document management.

I use OSX at the moment, so it's built into the printing system (File > Print > PDF). When I was using a PC at work, I had Adobe's Print-Driver thingy installed, which let me print from that. At home, I used the free softward alternative, which I preferred to the real thing. I can't remember the name of it, but it was distributed on the Windows programs section of the Ubuntu CDs.

HTH; let me know if you want me to dig up that name.




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