Workbook Views

 

Normal | Page Break Preview | Page Layout

Excel offers three workbooks views, Normal, Page Layout and Page Break Preview.

Normal

At any time, you can switch back to Normal view.

1. On the View tab, in the Workbook Views group, click Normal.

Click Normal

Result:

Normal View in Excel

Note: if you switch to another view and return to Normal view, Excel displays page breaks. Close and reopen the Excel file to hide these page breaks. To always hide page breaks for this worksheet, click File, Options, Advanced, scroll down to Display options for this worksheet and uncheck Show page breaks.

Page Break Preview

Page Break Preview gives you a nice overview of where pages break when you print the document. Use this view to easily click and drag page breaks.

1. On the View tab, in the Workbook Views group, click Page Break Preview.

Click Page Break Preview

Result:

Page Break Preview in Excel

Note: click and drag the page breaks to fit all the information on one page. Be careful, Excel doesn't warn you when your printout becomes unreadable. By default, Excel prints down, then over. In other words, it prints all the rows for the first set of columns. Next, it prints all the rows for the next set of columns, etc. (take a look at the page numbers in the picture above to get the idea). To switch to Print over, then down, click File, Print, Page Setup, on the Sheet tab, under Page order, click Over, then down.

Page Layout

Use Page Layout view to see where pages begin and end, and to add headers and footers.

1. On the View tab, in the Workbook Views group, click Page Layout.

Click Page Layout

Result:

Page Layout View in Excel

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