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: Flipping Landscape Orientation when Printing.

Flipping Landscape Orientation when Printing

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated August 23, 2017)

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Al asked if there was a way to change the rotation on an Excel worksheet printed in landscape mode. He wants to "flip" the printing by 180 degrees from the way it normally prints, so that it prints correctly for three-hole-punched paper in his printer.

There is nothing intrinsic in Excel that allows you to specify the rotation on printed pages. Also, there is no way to do this from within a macro. Some printers may allow you to control rotation within the printer driver itself, but it is pretty certain that most will not.

The solution may be as simple as rotating the paper in your printer's paper tray by 180 degrees. This may not be possible in some printers, however, and it may mess up printing for some of your other applications.

A third-party solution may be the best way to do what you want. For instance, you may want to check out products such as ClickBook, from Blue Squirrel Software.

http://www.bluesquirrel.com/products/clickbook/

This mention should not be taken as an endorsement of the software; we have not tested it in any way. The product description indicates it will work with Excel and it will rotate pages. (And, it appears, do a heck of a lot of other things.) Undoubtedly there are other competing products available through a search of the Internet.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (11888) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, and 2013. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Flipping Landscape Orientation when Printing.

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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 4?

2017-08-23 14:36:26

Chris

A convoluted alternative that might work in some situations is to select the area to be printed and right click, choose Format Cells and on the right side of the Alignment tab you can orient the text by 90 or -90 degrees. Now on the Ribbon- Page Layout - Page Setup section you can choose Orientation and change this to the opposite of what is selected. This could result in 180 degrees of printing rotation if the reformatting of column widths and lines, etc is not an issue. Trial and error might be needed to get things in place but I think the math works!


2017-08-23 13:30:24

Mel

If you go to print, then click page setup (at the bottom), then click on options, under my printer properties I have an optional radio button to rotate by 180 degrees. It is located next to orientation. Not sure if every printer has it but this may be another option.


2017-08-23 11:36:58

Dave Heaney

Actually, rotating portrait to landscape is a 90 degree rotation, not a 189 degree rotation.


2017-08-23 09:35:21

Shandor

Excel's wonderful Camera Tool lets you rotate anything on a worksheet. I often take a picture of a whole worksheet with tables, graphics, etc, and paste the picture into another worksheet dedicated to printing. The image can be rotated to any angle. Another benefit is that Camera Tool images are live, so any changes made to the original sheet will show up in the image. Allen has documented Camera Tool in other posts; it's one of the best kept secrets of Excel!


2017-08-23 03:51:20

Frederik

There is an other easy solution.
Save the worksheet as a PDF file.
On the internet do a search for 'pdf rotate online'.
Upload your Excel-PDF and receive the rotated PDF back


2013-10-14 11:18:40

awyatt

Lyn,

You can also use the Search box at the top-right of any page on this site to find lots of tips about transposing. (Just search for the term 'transpose'.)

That isn't the same as flipping orientation when printing, though.

-Allen


2013-10-14 10:48:29

LynITRT

It is a function under paste special called transpose. This website has a nice tutorial. http://bit.ly/c99dsb

Hope this helps.


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