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In my word template I have several command buttons one of them is print button.
When I press this print button I first validate entries then hide buttons then print out document then unhide button.
This work fine but when I press button document is flickering and flashing for several seconds. This is disturbing and annoying.

How to eliminate this flickering?
Here is my code in print button click event.
 
Private Sub cmdPrint_Click()

'First we validate entries
Dim EntriesComplete As Boolean
EntriesComplete = False
'Call validate procedure ValidateServiceEntries
EntriesComplete = ValidateServiceEntries

 Dim ilsh As InlineShape

If EntriesComplete = True Then
    For Each ilsh In ActiveDocument.InlineShapes
    If ilsh.Type = wdInlineShapeOLEControlObject Then
        Select Case ilsh.OLEFormat.Object.Name
           
        Case "cmdPrint", "cmdSandEmail", "cmdSalesmanInfo", "cmdEditCustomer", _
        "cmdEditCustomer", "cmdEditContractor", "cmdComment", "cmdSave", _
        "lblEmailWarning", "cmdClearAndStartNew"
        ilsh.Range.Font.Hidden = True
        End Select
    End If
   
        Next ilsh
 print document without cm buttons
    ActiveDocument.PrintOut

put buttons back
    For Each ilsh In ActiveDocument.InlineShapes
   
    If ilsh.Type = wdInlineShapeOLEControlObject Then
        Select Case ilsh.OLEFormat.Object.Name
        Case "cmdPrint", "cmdSandEmail", "cmdSalesmanInfo", "cmdEditCustomer", _
        "cmdEditCustomer", "cmdEditContractor", "cmdComment", "cmdSave", _
        "lblEmailWarning", "cmdClearAndStartNew"
        ilsh.Range.Font.Hidden = False
        End Select
    End If
   
    Next ilsh
Else
    MsgBox "Can not Print Please first correct entries"
    Exit Sub
End If

End Sub
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Question by:Taras
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by:irudyk
ID: 22683023
Try turning the screen updating off and then back on using Application.ScreenUpdating = False and Application.ScreenUpdating = True
Try the revised code below

Private Sub cmdPrint_Click()
 
Application.ScreenUpdating = False 
 
'First we validate entries
Dim EntriesComplete As Boolean
EntriesComplete = False
'Call validate procedure ValidateServiceEntries
EntriesComplete = ValidateServiceEntries
 
Dim ilsh As InlineShape
 
If EntriesComplete = True Then
    For Each ilsh In ActiveDocument.InlineShapes
    If ilsh.Type = wdInlineShapeOLEControlObject Then
        Select Case ilsh.OLEFormat.Object.Name
           
        Case "cmdPrint", "cmdSandEmail", "cmdSalesmanInfo", "cmdEditCustomer", _
        "cmdEditCustomer", "cmdEditContractor", "cmdComment", "cmdSave", _
        "lblEmailWarning", "cmdClearAndStartNew"
        ilsh.Range.Font.Hidden = True
        End Select
    End If
    
        Next ilsh
    'print document without cm buttons
    ActiveDocument.PrintOut
 
    'put buttons back
    For Each ilsh In ActiveDocument.InlineShapes
    
    If ilsh.Type = wdInlineShapeOLEControlObject Then
        Select Case ilsh.OLEFormat.Object.Name
        Case "cmdPrint", "cmdSandEmail", "cmdSalesmanInfo", "cmdEditCustomer", _
        "cmdEditCustomer", "cmdEditContractor", "cmdComment", "cmdSave", _
        "lblEmailWarning", "cmdClearAndStartNew"
        ilsh.Range.Font.Hidden = False
        End Select
    End If
    
    Next ilsh
Else
    MsgBox "Can not Print Please first correct entries"
End If
 
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
 
End Sub

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by:Taras
ID: 22684014
I did it but still the same
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irudyk earned 1500 total points
ID: 22684279
Hmm, well setting the ScreenUpdating usually does the job.  If not in your case, then I'd have to see a sample file to be able to test with.  The other option is to set the document to print Draft Output.  Doing so will not print the buttons without you having to the button's font hidden (which I'm presuming is the cause of the flickering).  So something like
Private Sub cmdPrint_Click()
 
Application.ScreenUpdating = False 
 
'First we validate entries
Dim EntriesComplete As Boolean
EntriesComplete = False
'Call validate procedure ValidateServiceEntries
EntriesComplete = ValidateServiceEntries
 
Dim ilsh As InlineShape
 
If EntriesComplete = True Then
    Options.PrintDraft = True
    ActiveDocument.PrintOut
    Options.PrintDraft = False
Else
    MsgBox "Can not Print Please first correct entries"
End If
 
Application.ScreenUpdating = True
 
End Sub

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