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: Excel Refuses to Put Page Breaks between Subtotal Groups.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated May 20, 2019)
Sandy noted that when she inserts subtotals into her worksheet, she usually clicks the insert page break between groups button. It doesn't seem, however, that the page breaks are inserted. Hen Sandy looks at the worksheet in both Print Preview and Page Break Preview, Excel does not show the page breaks as being present.
The only time that this behavior should occur is if you direct Excel (in the Page Setup options) to fit the printout to a specific number of pages. You can check to see if this is the case in this manner:
Figure 1. The Page tab of the Page Setup dialog box.
The reason that you need to make this change is that if you have your page setup configured to fit your printout to a specific number of pages, Excel basically ignores any page breaks in your worksheet.
ExcelTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Excel training. This tip (8700) 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: Excel Refuses to Put Page Breaks between Subtotal Groups.
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