Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Excel in Microsoft 365, and 2021. 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: Printing a Short Selection.

Printing a Short Selection

Written by Allen Wyatt (last updated January 20, 2024)
This tip applies to Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Excel in Microsoft 365, and 2021


You may have a need to periodically print only a portion of a worksheet. Excel allows you to print a selection by following these steps:

  1. Select the range that you want to print.
  2. Press Ctrl+P. Excel displays the Print controls on the File tab of the ribbon.
  3. Click the first button under the Settings heading and choose Print Selection. (You are indicating that you want to print only what you have selected.)
  4. Click on Print.

If you are still using Excel 2007, then the steps are different:

  1. Select the range that you want to print.
  2. Press Ctrl+P. Excel displays the Print dialog box. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Print dialog box.

  4. Make sure the Selection radio button is selected.
  5. Click on OK.

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (12619) applies to Microsoft Excel 2007, 2010, 2013, 2016, 2019, Excel in Microsoft 365, and 2021. You can find a version of this tip for the older menu interface of Excel here: Printing a Short Selection.

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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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