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Print multiple word documents in windows 7?

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In XP, I used to be able to select multiple MS Word files in Explorer, right-click and select print from the context menu.  In Windows 7, that option no longer seems to be available.  I have a folder that has about 40 documents that frequently need to be printed.  What is the easiest and fastest way to print them without having to open them?
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by:stavros41
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I think all files need to be visible in the display before the context menu will work, this is a bug in Vista and Windows 7.
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Craig Bowman earned 2000 total points
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I believe there is a limit of 15,  give that a shot.
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by:Craig Bowman
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You will need to do them in batches of 15 as that is currently a limitation of Windows 7.
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by:FWeston
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Bummer.  This solves the problem, but I don't think XP had this limitation.  Seems kind of like they went backwards in features.
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by:jay_cee_bee
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The following registry value may be modified to choose the number of files that may be selected while maintaining the context menu options.

HKCU\Software\Microsoft\Windows\CurrentVersion\Explorer
Name : MultipleInvokePromptMinimum
Type : DWORD
Range: 1 - 16 (decimal)
Default : 15 (decimal)

A value of 16 is interpreted as "unlimited".
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by:FWeston
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Thanks Jay, you appear to have the solution that fixes the problem.  If I hadn't already accepted, I would choose your answer.
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