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: Selective Headers and Footers.

Selective Headers and Footers

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated July 27, 2017)

One of the long-time complaints about Excel is that it doesn't have a very robust method of creating and managing headers and footers. Consider the following scenario: You want to print your worksheet, but only have page numbers beginning on the second page.

There is no intrinsic method in Excel to handle this situation. There are some workarounds; for instance, you could put your first page on one worksheet (without headers or footers) and the subsequent pages on a different worksheet (which includes headers and footers). You could then print the two worksheets in one pass, and effectively achieve your goal.

If you have the Report Manager installed, you could use it to put together different reports based on the information in your worksheet. Using the Report Manager has been covered in other issues of ExcelTips. The Report Manager add-in was last distributed with Excel 2002, but you can still use it in Excel 2003. This Knowledge Base article explains how you can use it:

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/873209

Neither of these approaches work for all situations, however. For instance, you may not be able to split your printout into multiple worksheets, or you may not have much experience with the Report Manager (or you don't want to download and install it). If you prefer, you can create a macro which will print your worksheet as you desire.

The following macro, GoodPrint, will print the first page of a worksheet without headers or footers, and then all subsequent pages as normal.

Sub GoodPrint()
    Dim hlft As String
    Dim hctr As String
    Dim hrgt As String
    Dim flft As String
    Dim fctr As String
    Dim frgt As String

    'save current header
    hlft = ActiveSheet.PageSetup.LeftHeader
    hctr = ActiveSheet.PageSetup.CenterHeader
    hrgt = ActiveSheet.PageSetup.RightHeader

    'save current footer
    flft = ActiveSheet.PageSetup.LeftFooter
    fctr = ActiveSheet.PageSetup.CenterFooter
    frgt = ActiveSheet.PageSetup.RightFooter

    'remove header and footer
    With ActiveSheet.PageSetup
        .CenterHeader = ""
        .RightHeader = ""
        .LeftHeader = ""
        .CenterFooter = ""
        .RightFooter = ""
        .LeftFooter = ""
    End With

    'print page one
    ActiveSheet.PrintOut 1, 1

    'restore header and footer
    With ActiveSheet.PageSetup
        .LeftHeader = hlft
        .CenterHeader = hctr
        .RightHeader = hrgt
        .LeftFooter = flft
        .CenterFooter = fctr
        .RightFooter = frgt
    End With

    'print the rest of the pages
    ActiveSheet.PrintOut 2
End Sub

ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (2189) 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: Selective Headers and Footers.

Author Bio

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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