Excel documents are not primarily designed for printing, so it’s pretty common to encounter situations where a spreadsheet printout is kind of a mess. Whether all of your cell contents seem to run together, or column headers don’t print on anything but the first page, Excel’s default print settings need to be adjusted in most situations. But perhaps one of the biggest problems is when your spreadsheet has a couple more columns than will fit on one page, so Excel forces them onto a second page. This can easily turn a ten page document into a twenty page document, which you will then either need to fix and reprint or tape together. But there is a simple way to fix this on the Print menu and save yourself some paper.
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Print All Excel Columns on One Page
One important factor to be aware of before you do this is that Excel will force all of your columns onto one page, regardless of how small that might make the text. So whether you have 12 columns or 120 columns, they will all be forced to one page. If fitting everything to one page is not realistic, then you might be better served by switching the page orientation, hiding unneeded columns, or printing in landscape orientation on legal paper. But if you just have a couple of columns that aren’t fitting on a page, follow the steps below to have all of those columns print on one page.
Step 1: Open your spreadsheet in Excel 2010.
Step 2: Click the File tab at the top of the window.
Step 3: Click the Print option in the column at the left side of the window.
Step 4: Click the No Scaling button in the center column, then click the Fit All Columns on One Page option.
Step 5: Click the Print button at the top of the window.
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