Print Preview in Excel

Updated on December 31, 2023
Article byJeevan A Y
Edited byAshish Kumar Srivastav
Reviewed byDheeraj Vaidya, CFA, FRM

Excel Preview Print Option

Print preview in Excel is a tool used to represent the print output of the current page in Excel. This tool is used to see if any adjustments need to be made to print the final result. The print preview only displays the document on the screen, and it does not print. In other terms, it only shows us the format in which it will print the copy.

Print Preview in Excel

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How to use Print Preview in Excel? (with an Example)

You can download this Print Preview Excel Template here – Print Preview Excel Template

When the report or data is ready, we usually send the data online to the user. However, there is a situation where we need to share offline with the users by printing them. In such cases, you need to know how to print a large amount of data.

  1. Assume you have a large amount of data like the below.

    print preview example 1.1

  2. To print this, first select the entire data.

    print preview example 1.2

  3. Then, press the excel shortcut key “Ctrl + P.”

    ctrl p

  4. It will take us to the window below.

    print preview example 1.3

  5. We can see two slabs in the above image. The left side is “Print Setting Options,” and the right is the “Print Preview” window.

    We can see one more slab at the bottom, showing how many sheets it will print. The above says 1 of 36, i.e., out of 36 sheets, a print preview is visible for the 1st sheet.
    Now, look at the data headers and compare them with “Print Preview.”

    print preview example 1.4

  6. We have a 11 headers in our data. Below are the headers in order.

    “First_name,” “Last_name,” “Company_name,” “Address,” “City,” “County,” “State,” “Zip,” “Phone1,” “Phone2,” and “Email.”

    When we print this data, we usually expect the data to come in a single sheet only. But look at the “Print Preview” now.

    print preview example 1.5

Out of 11 headers, we could see only 4 headers. After printing these columns first, then it will print the remaining columns. After we get all the print copies, we need to arrange them in order.

Isn’t it a frustrating job to arrange the prints in order? So for this, we need to set up the page before print in excelPrint In ExcelThe print feature in excel is used to print a sheet or any data. While we can print the entire worksheet at once, we also have the option of printing only a portion of it or a specific more.

Setup the Page to Preview Print

To set the page first, select the data first, then go to Page Layout >> Print Area >> Set Print Area.

print preview example 1.6

It will set what the area we are going to print is. Now, press “Ctrl + P” once again to see the “Print Preview.”

print preview example 2.2

We can still see the same view. The problem here is we could be able to see only 4 columns out of 11 columns. So, we need to set the setting as “Fit All Column on One Page” under page scaling.

Click on the “No Scaling” dropdown list to view all the options.

example 2.3

Select “Fit All Columns on One Page” to fit all the columns on one page.

example 2.4

Now, it has fitted all the columns under one page. Since the data is large, it has trimmed the size of the fonts to very small.

example 2.5

Even though we printed this, we could not be able to read the contents, so how do we overcome this issue now?

To adjust the scaling, we need to change the page’s orientation from “Portrait” to “Landscape.”

example 2.6

Now, we can read the contents a little better than the previous one.

example 2.7

Now, the total pages have been reduced from 36 to 13.

Like this option, we can set up the print area, adjust columns, decide on the page’s orientation, and do many other settings with the help of the Excel “Print Preview” option.

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