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Computer Tips and Tricks: Print Your Folders

Would you like to know how to print a folder in Windows XP? Usually, if you have a folder containing 10 Word documents, you would select each and every document and print it. But wouldn't it be nice if you could print them all at once without spending too much time?
Windows XP does not have the option of selecting a folder and printing it, but you can make your own by writing a small batch file and placing it in the right location.

First, open your Notepad program (Start->All Programs->Accessories->Notepad) and type the following contents carefully, each on a separate line.

@echo off

Next, you need to save this as Printdir.bat and store it in the location of C:\Windows\ (get here by double clicking the My Computer icon on your desktop, select the C: drive and find the Windows folder).
Note: You can give any name to the file but it should have the .bat extension and remember when you save it, change the Save As Type from Text documents to All files.

You now have successfully created a batch file. Now do the following steps to bring up the option to print the folder.
  1. Double click on My Computer icon from your desktop.
  2. From the Tools menu, select Folder Options.
  3. Click on the File Types tab.
  4. Under "Registered File Types", select the File type called Folder and click on Advanced.

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  6. The Edit File Type box will open, and then click on a button called New.
  7. In the New Action dialogue box, type Print Directory under the Action option.
  8. Under the "Application used to perform action" option, select C:\Windows\Printdir.bat (the path where your Notepad file is located) with the help pf the Browse button.

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  10. Click OK to close the dialogue boxes.

Now, right-click on any folder and you will find the Print Directory option, where all the files in that folder will be printed, if you select them.

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