Printing documents - PRINT

The commands on the PRINT menu allow you to print your document and to take advantage of facilities offered by the printer, such as bold and underlined text, and alternative fonts.




Prints all or part of a document. The following options are displayed:

Print only range of columns           No
Select rows to print                  No
Wait between pages                    No 

By default, the Print command prints the whole of the current document with no pause between pages.

The starting page number is determined by the Options Page Start page setting, except when printing a marked block, or selected rows. In this case the pages will be numbered, starting at 1, and soft page breaks will be ignored.

Print only range of columns: setting this option to Yes will allow a column range to be specified. The column range should be given as two column labels, separated by a space. Only the columns within the specified range (inclusive) will be printed.

Select rows to print: setting this option to Yes will allow an expression to be entered. Rows will only be printed if the expression evaluates to a true or nonzero result. The expression can contain slot references; after each row the slot references are updated by one row, unless they are fixed with the $ operator.

For example, a document containing text in column B could use column A to contain a '*' character, indicating the latest revisions to the document. To print out only the revised lines the option

Select rows to print                  Yes A1="*"

could be specified. See also Printing selected rows, for an example.

Wait between pages: setting this option to Yes gives a prompt between pages to allow single sheets to be inserted into the printer. The prompt

Page n ..

is displayed, where n is the page number. You can then press one of the following keys to control printing:

  • M to miss the page
  • C to continue printing all remaining pages without further prompting
  • Any other character (eg the space bar) to print the page
  •  to abandon printing.

Printing a marked block: if a block of slots is marked when the Print command is given, only the marked slots will be printed.

Multi-file documents: if the Print command is given in a multi-file document, the current document will be saved if it is modified, and the entire multi-file document will be printed, starting with the first file.


Microspace pitch


Selects microspaced printed output. Gives the prompt

Microspace printed output             No 

Changing the option to Yes and pressing  causes subsequent output to be microspaced at the default spacing of 12/120ths of an inch, giving a pitch of 10 characters per inch. A number can be entered to specify an alternative spacing. For example, entering 10 gives 12 characters per inch. Microspace is displayed at the top right-hand corner of the Options Page display if it has been selected.

Highlighting text 

 You can alter the style of text in your document by inserting one of eight highlight codes in front of the text, and the same code after the text to revert back to normal.

Highlight codes

 The recommended assignment of the eight codes shown with their commands are as follows:



 Code 1 - Printed example underlined type



 Code 2 - Printed example bold type


Extended Sequence

 Code 3 - Printed example ė ҫ π



 Code 4 - Printed example italic type



 Code 5 - Printed example H20



 Code 6 - Printed example e=mc2


Alternative font

 Code 7 - Printed example alternative font


User Defined

 Code 8 - Printed example

These commands insert the corresponding highlight code at the current cursor position. Successive occurrences of a highlight code enable and disable the corresponding printer facility.

The effect of highlights 1, 2, 3, and 4 (underline, bold, extended sequences, and italic text styles) are displayed on the screen as underlined, bold, grey, and tiny characters respectively when the cursor is moved onto another slot. When the cursor is on the same slot, all highlight codes are displayed as the corresponding highlighted numbers 1 to 8.

Highlight characters are considered to be of zero width for formatting and justification.

Note: You can use  to create an 'exact space' character. This may help to create continuous underlining of titles etc.


Insert Highlights


Inserts a specified highlight number in the text at the cursor position. Gives the prompt

Highlight number

Typing in a number between 1 and 8, followed by , will insert the corresponding highlight code into the text.


Remove Highlights


Removes all occurrences of a specified highlight number from a given marked block of text. Gives the prompt

Highlight number

Typing a number between 1 and 8 followed by  will remove all occurrences of the corresponding highlight from the marked block.


Highlight Block


Highlights all words within a marked block of text with a given highlight number. Gives the prompt

Highlight number

Typing a number between 1 and 8 will remove any existing highlights of the same number and highlight all words in the marked block with pairs of the specified highlight character. Because individual words are highlighted, reformatting the highlighted block of text will leave the selected text correctly highlighted, and text will be printed correctly even if the highlighted block extends over a page break.

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