Printing a Multi-Line Footer

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated January 5, 2018)

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Excel allows you to create headers and footers that you can use with your workbooks. If you want, you can create a multi-line header or footer, as desired. The trick is to remember that you cannot press Enter while typing your footer. Instead, to start a new line you should hold down the Alt key as you type 0010 on the numeric keypad. This inserts a line-break character in the footer text.

Another thing to remember when doing footers in this way is that you will need to increase the bottom margin on your page setup. If you fail to increase it sufficiently, your footer may "overprint" the data in your worksheet, or vice-versa.

Finally, you must keep in mind that Excel places a limit on the length of your headers and footers. The total length of a header or footer cannot exceed 255 characters. If you need to create a header or footer that contains more characters, you will need to create them differently, without explicitly doing so as a header or footer.

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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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2018-01-05 12:45:54

Chris

shift Enter is an alternate to Alt key as you type 0010


2018-01-05 12:13:45

Ronmio

In Excel 2013, you CAN press Enter in a header or footer to make them multi-line. Go to Print > Page Setup > Header/Footer > Custom Header or Custom Footer and, within any section, you an use the Enter key to create a line break.


2014-10-13 15:48:55

Annette Hatley

I was able to use the Enter key to create a new line in a footer in Excel 2007. The Print Preview confirmed the new line. Even printed with no issue.


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