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: Roman Numerals for Page Numbers.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 26, 2019)
Excel includes a worksheet function (ROMAN) that allows you to convert Arabic numbers into Roman numerals. You may wonder if there is any such function that allows you to print Roman numerals as page numbers on a printout.
There is no built-in feature that allows you to do that, but you can create a macro that will do the trick. Consider the following macro:
Sub RomanPageNums() Dim iPages As Integer Dim J As Integer ' Get count of pages in active sheet iPages = ExecuteExcel4Macro("Get.Document(50)") ' Print worksheet, page by page With ActiveSheet For J = 1 To iPages ' Set page letter .PageSetup.CenterFooter = Application.Roman(J) ' Print page J .PrintOut From:=J, To:=J Next J End With End Sub
This macro first figures out how many pages are in your printout and assigns the value to the iPages variable. It then steps through each page, changing the page number in the center portion of the footer prior to printing each page. The page number is set by converting the current page number (J) to a Roman numeral using the ROMAN worksheet function.
If you want the Roman numerals to appear in other parts of the footer, you can replace the .CenterFooter property with either .LeftFooter or .RightFooter. You can also use .LeftHeader, .CenterHeader, or .RightHeader, if desired.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9362) 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: Roman Numerals for Page Numbers.
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