Page Setup In Excel

Updated on April 3, 2024
Article byJeevan A Y
Edited byAshish Kumar Srivastav
Reviewed byDheeraj Vaidya, CFA, FRM

What Is Page Setup In Excel?

Page Setup in Excel is an option that helps users set the attributes to make sure the printed sheet appears based on the users needs and requirements. Using this option, we can set up and enhance the overall look of the sheet and data.

The shortcut key to page setup in Excel is Alt + G. In the page setup window, we can change the settings. 

In this article, let us learn how to use page setup in Excel with detailed steps and examples.

Key Takeaways

  • Page Setup in Excel, as the name suggests helps users set the look of the sheet, required for printing.
  • To make the page come on a single page, we need to set up the page. First, we must follow the steps to set up the page in Excel.
  • To print the data correctly, we must first set up the print area based on the data size and choose an appropriate orientation style.
  • To organize Excel sheets better, we can repeat crucial headers like rows, columns, and data headers across all print sheets. This presents the data consistently, no matter how many pages it spans.

How To Create Page Setup In Excel?

To make the page come on a single page, we need to set up the page. First, we must follow the steps below to set up the page in Excel.

To set up the page, follow the below steps in Excel.

  1. First, go to the “Page Layout” tab and click on the small arrow mark under the “Page Setup” group.

    Page Setup Example 1-5

  2. Once you click on a small arrow mark, it will open up the below dialog box.

    Page Setup Example 1-6

  3. In the below window, in”Fit to:” write 1 page.

    Page Setup Example 1-7

  4. Click on “Print Preview” in the same window to see the same preview.

    Page Setup Example 1-8

  5. Now, we can see the print preview.

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It looks on one page but is not able to read properly. Change the orientation from “Portrait” to “Landscape” in the same print preview window.

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Now, our print preview looks like this.

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Below are the steps to change the default page setup in Excel.

Example #1 – How To Change Default Page Setup In Excel?

Step 1: Setup Print Area

Below are the steps to change the default page setup in Excel.

The first thing we need to do while printing is to set the print area. For example, look at the below data in a worksheet.

Page Setup Example 1

First, select the print areaPrint AreaIn Excel, the print area is the portion of the workbook or worksheet that we wish to be printed rather than the entire workbook or worksheet. From the page out tab, we can set up a print area. In addition, a single worksheet can contain numerous print more; data range from A1:N32. After selecting the data range, go to PAGE LAYOUT >>> Print Area >>> Set Print Area.

Page Setup Example 1-1

It will set up the print area.

The shortcut key to set up the print area is ALT + P + R + S.

Shortcut key to setup

Step #2 – Page Break View

Once the print area is set up, we cannot simply print the data because the data is not in order. For example, we must press Ctrl + P to see the Print previewPrint PreviewPrint preview in Excel is a tool used to represent the print output of the current page in the excel to see if any adjustments need to be made in the final production. Print preview only displays the document on the screen, and it does not more.

Page Setup Example 1-2

As we can see in the above image, data is not coming in order from column A to column L. Instead, it is coming on one page, and the remaining portion is coming on other pages.

So, if we print like this, we cannot read the report properly.

To check which data is coming in the first sheet and which is coming in the second sheet, go to the VIEW tab and click on “Page Break Preview.”

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In the above image, we can see the “Page Break Preview.” The blue line (next to column L) is the indication that column A to column L belongs to Page 1.

The remaining columns, M and N, will come in the next pages.

Example #2 – How To Print Rows And Column Headings Along With The Data?

Not only can we print the data, but we can also print excel rows and columnsExcel Rows And ColumnsA cell is the intersection of rows and columns. Rows and columns make the software that is called excel. The area of excel worksheet is divided into rows and columns and at any point in time, if we want to refer a particular location of this area, we need to refer a more headings. Numbers represent row headings, and alphabets represent column headings.

Heading Example 1

We need to make some settings for printing these rows and column headers along with the data.

Go to the “PAGE LAYOUT” tab and click on the small arrow mark under the “Page Setup” group in ExcelGroup In ExcelThe “Group” is an Excel tool which groups two or more rows or columns. With grouping, the user has an option to minimize and maximize the grouped more.

Heading Example 1-1

Once you click on the small arrow mark, it will open up the below dialog box.

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In the above window, click on the “Sheet” tab. Under this tab, we have several options. First, check the “Row and column headings” box, then click on “Print Preview” to see the view.

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As shown in the below image, we can see row and column headings.

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Example #3 – How To Print Data Headers In All The Pages?

Once the data is extended to multiple sheets, we do not get data headers on all the pages. It makes the report reading very difficult. So, in these numerous printing sheets, we need to change the settings to “Repeat the rows.”

In the “Page Setup” Excel window, go to the “Sheet” tab. This tab has an option called “Rows to repeat at top.”

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In this option, a cursor inside the box chooses the data header row to repeat the headers in all the print pages. Click on “OK.” It will repeat the row at the top in all the sheets.

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Uses Of Page Setup In Excel

  • Page setup in Excel helps users organize data.
  • We can set margins, sheet orientation style and print titles.
  • It is highly used to enhance the presentation and reduce user’s work when we have to repeat the content in a page setup.
  • The shortcut key to page setup in Excel is Alt + G.

Important Things To Note

Frequently Asked Questions

1. How to remove page set up in Excel?

To modify a worksheet, please follow the steps: select the worksheet that requires modification. Access the ‘View tab,’ located on the ribbon. In the ‘Workbook Views’ group, click on the option labeled ‘Page Break Preview.’ Alternatively, you can click on ‘Page Break Preview’ directly. Choose one of the options: on the ‘Page Layout’ tab, located on the ribbon, locate the ‘Page Setup’ group, and click on the ‘Breaks’ option. Alternatively, click on ‘Remove Page Break’ to remove any existing page breaks in the worksheet.

2. Where to find page setup in Excel?

To set up the page in Excel, follow the steps below. Firstly, navigate to the “Page Layout” tab and click on the small arrow icon located under the “Page Setup” group. Upon clicking the arrow icon, a dialog box will appear, which you can use to configure the page settings.

3. How to modify page setup in Excel?

When using Excel, the page setup properties can only be accessed when printing or previewing one or more sheets in a workbook. This means that most page setup properties cannot be changed or returned unless at least one printer driver is installed as the default printer.

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