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Printing Odd or Even Pages

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, and 2013. If you are using an earlier version (Excel 2003 or earlier), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for earlier versions of Excel, click here: Printing Odd or Even Pages.

When printing longer worksheets, you may long for a way to print either odd or even pages. Unfortunately, Excel doesn't' include this capability. There are a couple of ways you can work around this problem, however.

First, if your purpose for printing odd and even pages is to print double-sided, you might check out your printer driver to see if it can handle double-sided printing or if it will somehow print just odd or even pages. This approach allows you to bypass Excel altogether.

Another way to bypass Excel is to simply create a PDF file from your output. You can then open the PDF file and use Acrobat or Adobe Reader to print either odd or even pages.

If you want to stay within Excel, then perhaps the best way to handle the situation is to come up with a macro that will handle the printing. Such a macro can be approached in any number of ways. Here's a short one:

Sub PrintOddEven()
    Dim TotalPages As Long
    Dim StartPage As Long
    Dim Page As Integer

    TotalPages = Application.ExecuteExcel4Macro("GET.DOCUMENT(50)")
    StartPage = InputBox("Enter starting page number")

    If StartPage > 0 Then
        For Page = StartPage To TotalPages Step 2
            ActiveSheet.PrintOut From:=Page, To:=Page, _
              Copies:=1, Collate:=True
        Next
    End If
End Sub

When you run the macro, you are asked for a starting page number. In most instances you would enter either 1 or 2, but you could actually enter any page number you want. The macro then prints the starting page and every second page from thereon out.

You could, if desired, also print odd and even pages by creating two custom views in Excel—one for odd pages and one for even pages. All you need to do is specify a non-contiguous range of cells (consisting of the cells in either the odd or even pages) as your print area for each view. For instance, if you wanted to define a print area that consisted of the cells for all the odd pages, you could do this:

  1. Change to Page Break Preview.
  2. Use the mouse to select all the cells of page 1.
  3. Hold down the Ctrl key as you select all the cells of page 3.
  4. In turn, and still holding down the Ctrl key, select all the cells of the other odd-numbered pages.
  5. Define the selected cells as the print area.

With the print area selected, save the view. Then wipe out the print area, use the same technique to select all the even cells, and save the view. You now have two views you can print, and each view will contain only odd or even pages. The only drawback to this approach is that Excel numbers the printed pages sequentially (1, 2, 3, 4) instead of what they really are (1, 3, 5, 7).

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8845) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Printing Odd or Even Pages.

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