Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. 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: Sequential Page Numbers Across Worksheets.

Sequential Page Numbers Across Worksheets

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 5, 2017)

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Valerie has a business need to get Excel to use sequential page numbers across multiple tabs in a workbook, but she can't figure out how to do it. Each time she begins a new worksheet the page numbers start at 1 again.

There are two approaches you can use to get the page numbering you want. By default, Excel determines what it feels is the best starting page number when printing a worksheet. If you print just a single worksheet, Excel starts the numbering at page 1. If you print multiple worksheets at the same time (create a selection set of worksheet tabs before you start printing), then Excel prints the worksheets sequentially, one after the other, and numbers the pages sequentially as well.

Thus, to get the sequential page numbers you want, you should either select the worksheets you want to print before issuing a single print command or you should display the Print dialog box (Excel 2007) or the Print settings (Excel 2010 and later) and specify that you want to print the entire workbook.

The second approach is to specify, manually, what page number you want Excel to use for a beginning page number. This approach works well when you can't print all your worksheets at once or if the worksheets you need to print are in separate workbooks. All you need to do is display the Page Setup dialog box (display the Page Layout tab of the ribbon and click the small icon at the bottom-right of the Page Setup group) and use the First Page Number box to specify what page number you want Excel to use. (See Figure 1.)

Figure 1. Setting the starting page number.

One final note: You'll want to make sure that you have the headers or footers of your worksheets set up to actually include page numbers. Excel doesn't print them automatically; you need to specify that the header or footer contain a page number. (How you set up the header and footer is covered in other ExcelTips.)

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (7758) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, and 2016. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Sequential Page Numbers Across Worksheets.

Author Bio

Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...

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2018-10-30 12:40:14

Renee

Hi Allen,

Can you tell me how to print page 1 of for group printing?

I am printing by subtotals. I want my page numbers to end with each group and start over with the next group.

Thank you,
Renee


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