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Hello Mr. Umlas.
I have a 40 sheet WB with the same structure in each sheet where user can add from one line to 30 lines of items. Like a different list in each sheet.
At some point it is needed to print a selection of 4 to 10 sheets, after making some changes in each sheet such as writing in some cells, inserting blank rows, deleting blank rows, changing a format, etc, etc., all this needed for the final presentation of each sheet to be printed in one print job. We are basically improving our printing process so just with one Sub, we can prepare and print all the sheets selected by user in one click. At this moment we run a routine for preparation and printing for each sheet separately. We want to select the sheets we need and then run a SUB that does the job at once.
The problem we have is that any change you make to a sheet in a selection is reflected exactly in the other selected sheets. As in this case they vary in size (each list is different), inserting/deleting rows creates chaos and writing in some cells as well.
We have tried to loop with following procedure but we can not get rid of the group solidarity. We want to loop into each sheet, make necessary arrangements in each one, not affecting the others and then loop to the next.
Here is the code we have so far

Sub PreparingPrintingSelectedSheets()

Dim N As Long
Dim M As Long
Dim Arr() As String
Dim ws As Worksheet

' We make all the modifications for each list

For Each ws In ActiveWindow.SelectedSheets
   On Error GoTo base2



   ActiveCell.Offset(0, 1).Range("A1").Select
   ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = "Central Office"
   ActiveCell.Offset(1, 0).Range("A1").Select
   ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = "Logistics"
   ActiveCell.Offset(1, 0).Range("A1").Select
   ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = "Form L-2628"
   ActiveCell.Offset(3, 0).Range("A1").Select
   Selection.NumberFormat = """Job No. ""###0"
   ActiveCell.Offset(1, 0).Range("A1").Select
   ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = "'"
   ActiveCell.Offset(1, 0).Range("A1").Select
   ActiveCell.FormulaR1C1 = "'"
   Cells.Find(What:="omiso", After:=ActiveCell, LookIn:=xlFormulas, LookAt _
       :=xlPart, SearchOrder:=xlByRows, SearchDirection:=xlNext, MatchCase:= _
       False, SearchFormat:=False).Activate
   ActiveCell.Offset(-9, 0).Range("A1:A10").Select
   ActiveSheet.Tab.ColorIndex = 7
   Call PositionAtGreenSpot

' This prints all selected sheets.
With ActiveWindow.SelectedSheets
       ReDim Arr(1 To .Count)
       For N = 1 To .Count
         Arr(N) = .Item(N).Name
       Next N
   End With

Sheets(Arr).Move Before:=Sheets(2)

End Sub

I guess I need to work with sheets as an array, then iterate with each one making the changes, then printing the group; but I am unable to work with the array properly.
Your help will be very much appreciated.

If you've selected many sheets at once (group mode), then your code will work on all the sheets simultaneously, by design. You need to UNGROUP the sheets before running your code. What you'd have to do after you manually group them is save the names of the sheets in the activewindow.selected sheets, then ungroup them, then work with each named sheet that you saved, then perhaps regroup them, print, ungroup them again (or leave them grouped (dangerous)).

Let me know if you need a snippet of code to simulate this.
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