Feb 6, 2014
Many people use Excel to generate forms that will be printed off and carried around on a sheet of paper, because the boxes and lines are nice and square, and straight, Word is not so co-operative
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There have been lots of queries how to auto-number such forms, so that you can later file or issue them in a particular order, or use the numbers later as a reference doing other stuff.
Here's what I want to do:
I run a limousine service taking clients from places like hotels to various destinations
I have a little travel voucher form, to be filled by hand, 3 copies to a sheet, so we are gonna print them, and cut the page into 3 lil vouchers. Like printing lottery or competition tickets. The vouchers have artwork to suit the place requesting my service.
They are NOT invoices, to be opened, numbered, worked on, and THEN printed
Cell G2 will start autonumbering at 1001, Cell G18 would be 1002, Cell G34 would be 1003, then when the second page prints, we get 1004, 1005, and 1006 respectively. Each sheet has to be individually cut and stacked
Alternately, we decide a quantity to print (50) and start G18 at say 1050 and G34 at 1101. This would be better, because when cutting the paper up with a guillotine, the first 50 vouchers are already in number order, the 2nd 50 get stacked under them, and finally the 3rd 50 below that, so now my stack of vouchers runs from 1001 to 1150 nice and easy and neat
A drawback with this is that I have to do specific print runs and somewhere in the document, specify the starting number for G2
I have heard of a method to print, say 20 forms, starting say, 1001, ending 1020 and a text file saves the last number used, so the next print run picks up from there, at 1021, can that method be combined in? I'm working in a small office that needs these vouchers but we dont wanna have a commercial printshop tool up (big $) to do small print runs
I can also do the vouchers for other suppliers to use with different artwork