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: Setting Header/Footer Margins.

Setting Header/Footer Margins

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated March 30, 2016)

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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, then making adjustments on the Margins tab. The default left and right margin values are .75 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, and 2013. 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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2017-03-08 12:20:42

James L M.

This doesn't help me move the bottom margin of the footer so I can lift my footer above the footer on the letterhead I'm using.
Earlier versions of Excel made that easier. Not Excel 16


2016-12-29 01:40:17

E Bond Francisco

I also tried the method described above, and the footer is still not aligned with the margins of the document. What to do?


2016-12-22 06:38:42

Willy Vanhaelen

@Jeanette

In the Margins tab of the Page Setup you can change the height of the header.


2016-12-21 10:26:37

Jeanette

I am trying to adjust the height of the header as it is larger than I need. How may I adjust the height of the header?

Thanks,


2016-03-30 09:23:08

Stu Cram

The method describes will apply to the current worksheet. If you need to set the margins for several or all worksheets, you can use a macro with the 'Before Printing' option on the macro sheet for the workbook. I tend to record the print dialog settings that I want displayed for all sheets including margins, date and time, page number options etc. and then use that as the 'Before Printing' macro.


2016-02-03 17:17:05

Rebecca

I tried this suggestion but the footer still does not line up with the data in the grids but it offset to the right in the default footer position.


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