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Flipping Landscape Orientation when Printing

Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Excel versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Excel 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Excel, click here: Flipping Landscape Orientation when Printing.

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.


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 (2220) applies to Microsoft Excel 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Excel (Excel 2007 and later) here: Flipping Landscape Orientation when Printing.

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Dennis Headrick    30 Sep 2013, 12:56
What am I missing here? I have used Excel 2003 for years. I regularly use a spreadsheet for estimating that in portrait at 100% on standard paper prints four sheets wide and four deep.

Granted, Excel spreadsheets do not have a portrait/landscape or sheet size as part of the file setup like a Word document, but that is no hindrance to printing in portrait or landscape or on various sizes of paper.

Several times a day I print portions of that sheet at various reductions in size in portrait or landscape as is best for the specific situation. the output is to HP and Epson (color) printers and PDF output.

I just key "Alt F, Alt U" (or click "File/Page Setup") and set the specifications as necessary. The only thing I really have to watch is that if I change printers in the Print process, a column may get dropped because the printable area varies slightly from printer to printer, but that is an easy fix.

I avoid the "Ribbon" interface like the plague but I sure the same can be done if you can figure out what drop down menu to use and don't wear you finger out doing mouse clicks!


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