Changing the Starting Page Number

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 26, 2013)


If you are using page numbers with your spreadsheet, you can adjust the number used as the first page number in your spreadsheet. To change the starting page number, follow these steps:

  1. Choose the Page Setup option from the File menu. You will see the Page Setup dialog box.
  2. Make sure the Page tab is selected. (See Figure 1.)
  3. Figure 1. The Page tab from the Page Setup dialog box.

  4. In the First Page Number box at the bottom of the dialog box, enter the page number you want Excel to use first.
  5. Click on OK to close the Page Setup dialog box.

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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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2018-03-14 23:57:38

Al Hoty

Thank you.

2017-10-15 11:20:50


Thank you.

2017-09-28 10:42:55


thanks a lot

2016-11-27 11:26:00

steven Brates

I am following these instructions but for some reason my numbering does not increase sequentially. I don't know what I am doing wrong.

I set my starting page to be 18 and am trying to print multiple sheets that I have selected as a "group". The sheets print but the page number remains at 18.

Anyone have any suggestions as to what is wrong?

2016-09-19 09:34:05



2016-06-05 06:28:37


Thanks a lot

2016-02-26 05:04:27

Amit Chandra

Thanks a Lot

2015-07-11 19:19:29


Thanks a bundle for this tip. I never knew that this can be done until I was faced with a problem from someone else spreadsheet whereby the number starts at 13!

2015-06-23 23:34:06


Thank you! I was looking for this option for a long time, and it was there all this time!!! :) amazing :) Thank you again!!!

2014-09-15 03:21:58


u help a lot

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