Changing the Starting Page Number

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated February 12, 2019)

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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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What is nine more than 5?

2020-08-10 16:11:07

Pamela SG

Chung,
Not sure if you are still looking for a solution, but I believe the '&P+##' allows for 2 digits. I read if you want to add 1 to your page number you need to use +1 followed by a space. Or you can use '+01' so that Excel adds 1 to the page number and not 10.
I could not use that solution for my problem because I wanted the page number to start with 3 whether the user was printing just this one tab or multiple tabs from the same workbook. If I used the '&P+01' in the footer, sometimes I would get 3 but others it would be incorrect and reflect page 5. I couldn't hard set it to a footer of 'Page 3' because there were multiple pages to this tab.
The solution provided here by Allen solved my problem perfectly. I don't know why I never noticed that box before!


2020-08-10 15:51:16

Pamela S Gilbert

You are the best -- thank you so much!


2020-07-09 01:59:25

Chung Nguyen

I need to print 20 pages started from page 51 from an excel file. I followed this tip but it did not work. It still started to number from 1. I read somewhere, Some guy said we needed to add +and a number manually (i.e. &[page]+50...). I did it too. But it turned out that the first page was 51, then the next one was 61, and then 71. It was really weird.
Please help me with this problem. Thank you a lot.


2020-01-11 13:29:10

dave

Another half-wit idiot who thinks he knows Excel. That is not how to add page numbers, you fool.


2018-10-02 11:26:24

Iftikhar Ahmad

Thanks a lot Sir..


2018-05-04 08:01:10

tle

Thank you, It's awesome !


2018-03-14 23:57:38

Al Hoty

Thank you.


2017-10-15 11:20:50

HARI PRASAD THAPLIYAL

Thank you.


2017-09-28 10:42:55

andrea

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

Sahil

Thanks


2016-06-05 06:28:37

Kamali

Thanks a lot


2016-02-26 05:04:27

Amit Chandra

Thanks a Lot


2015-07-11 19:19:29

William

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

Vato

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

arief

THANKS guys
u help a lot


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