How to print multiple documents

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By Catherine Holland By Catherine Holland

Q. I have a number of documents that I need to print. Is there some way I can print them all at once or do I have to open each one individually and then print it. That seems so time consuming. Thanks, Mr. M.

A. If you need to print several documents, opening one file at a time and printing each document individually is not only time consuming, it's downright exhausting. One could even break a sweat if there were too many documents, and that is never an acceptable option. Instead, you can indeed print them in one fell swoop.

To do this, first open the folder that contains the documents you want to print. Then, while holding down the CTRL key, click to select (highlight) the files to be printed. This will allow you to highlight selected files that are not adjacent to each other. If the files are adjacent to each other, select the first file in the list, hold down the SHIFT key and click the last file in the list. All files in between the first and the last files will be highlighted.

Lastly, right-click the highlighted files and select File > Print. Word will print the files in the order they appear in the folder.

Q. When I plugged in my new Kindle to charge it, after letting its battery run down, nothing happened. The red light didn't come on, so I kind of panicked. Do you think something is broken -- either the Kindle itself or maybe the charging mechanism?

A. What you're experiencing is not unlike the anxiety new parents feel when they bring their first-born home from the hospital. At the sound of the first cough, they're sure the baby has some kind of life-threatening disease.

Your Kindle is new, anxieties are running high, but what you're experiencing is absolutely normal. When your Kindle's battery is dead, dying or comatose, it can take a while for the red battery symbol to appear when you plug it in, indicating that it is charging. Don't panic. Just leave it plugged in and wait. Use the time to take a refreshing nap, do some yoga or have some yogurt. Sooner or later the charging light will appear and ultimately change to green when it is fully charged.

Q. I switched to Firefox based on your recommendation, Mr. M., and I’m very happy with it. One thing I miss that Internet Explorer had is being able to print whatever is on the screen by right-clicking and selecting Print. Does Firefox have anything like that?

A. I’m happy you’re happy with Firefox. Yes, indeed, just click CTRL + P (or File > Print) and you will be eyeball-to-eyeball with the same Print dialog box that you came to know and love in Internet Explorer. CTRL + P works in Firefox, Internet Explorer, Chrome, and many other programs, as a semi-universal Print command.

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