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: Resetting Page Setup.

Resetting Page Setup

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 17, 2020)

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Lori wrote concerning a problem she was having with Excel. It seemed that the page setup for every worksheet in every workbook had changed. Worksheets that previously printed on a single page no longer fit on one page, instead printing on two.

The most likely explanations for behavior such as this is that something has changed in relation to how you print your worksheets. I don't mean that you have gone in and changed your page setup—I mean that you have physically changed a printer on your system or that the printer driver used by your system has been changed. Making such changes can universally affect your worksheets.

It is also possible that the change is due to a change in your version of Excel. If you recently upgraded to a different version, then worksheets could be rendered differently by Excel than they used to be.

Unfortunately, the only way to solve this issue—regardless of the cause—is to manually go through each workbook and change the page setup information for each worksheet. It is time consuming, but the only solution available.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (9604) 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: Resetting Page Setup.

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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 more than 5?

2020-02-29 10:32:45

J. Woolley

@Allan Mether
Try defining a specific default printer instead of letting Windows manage it. In Windows 10 Settings, click Devices > Printers & scanners, then clear the "Let Windows manage my default printer" box. Click one of your printers, then Manage > Set as default.


2020-02-28 18:45:50

Allan Mether

I have found that when I use Canon's "My Image Garden" to scan documents, it resets the print settings for my excel spread sheets. This can be very annoying when I'm n trying to print a receipt for a customer at the counter.
I will be looking at alternatives to My image Garden. I suspect just opening My image garden will cause the same problem. but I have not yet checked.
I send you this FYI, but would be happy to hear any comments you may have regarding this.
Allan.


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