Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. 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: Setting Header/Footer Margins.

Setting Header/Footer Margins

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 18, 2018)

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When you create an Excel worksheet, you have the ability to change the margins used when the information in the worksheet is printed. This is done by choosing Page Setup from the File menu (Excel 2007) or Margins | Custom Margins from the Page Layout tab of the ribbon (Excel 2010 or a later version,) then making adjustments on the Margins tab. The default left and right margin values are .7 inches, unless you change them as described in other issues of ExcelTips.

If you want to make sure that Excel adjusts where it begins and ends the header and footer consistent with your overall margins, you need to follow these steps:

  1. Display the Page Layout tab of the ribbon.
  2. Click the small icon in the lower-right corner of the Page Setup group. Excel displays the Page Setup dialog box.
  3. Make sure the Header/Footer tab is displayed. (See Figure 1.)
  4. Figure 1. The Header/Footer tab of the Page Setup dialog box.

  5. Make sure the Align With Page Margins check box is selected.
  6. Click on OK.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8068) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, and Excel in Office 365. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Setting Header/Footer Margins.

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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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What is two less than 5?

2018-08-18 12:48:19

Ronmio

What header/footer margins do you get if you have "Align with page margins" UNselected?


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