Print an Excel 2010 spreadsheet with header rows at the top of every page

When printing in Excel 2010 for Windows, it is sometimes useful to print a set of rows (e.g. column headings) on each page in the print out. There is nothing worse than having a printout that runs to multiple pages, with the column headings only printed on the first page. This lesson shows you how to get header rows printing at the top of every page.

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Choose the rows you want to print on each page

  • Start by opening the spreadsheet you want to print.
  • In the menu, choose Page Layout. The ribbon will change to the Page Layout ribbon bar.
  • Excel Page Setup options on the Page Layout ribbon bar
  • In the Page Setup section of the Page Layout ribbon menu (see above), click Print Titles.
  • The Page Setup dialog box will be displayed as shown below. Note that there are a number of options that we won't be looking at in this lesson because they aren't relevant to what we're trying to achieve.
  • Click in the box next to Rows to repeat at top.
  • At this point you will choose which rows should repeat at the top. You have three options:
    • Type the rows you want to repeat. For example, if you want the first 4 rows to repeat, type $1:$4.
    • Click the selection box at the end of the box. The Page Setup dialog box will shrink down to just one line. You can then select the rows you want from the spreadsheet you have open.
      Selection box for rows to repeat at the top of an Excel printout
    • Just select the rows you want from the spreadsheet (assuming you can see it).
  • The last two options are essentially the same, but the last option is slightly quicker.
  • Either way, Excel will record your selection as shown below. Note the way that the rows are recorded: $1:$4. This means "print from row 1 to row 4 inclusive. In the example below, I've also selected column A to print on every page.
    Excel repeating rows at the top of a printout, with the selection made
  • The next thing you can do is click the Print Preview button to check that your selection has worked correctly. Or, you can click OK and carry on working.
  • When you print out the spreadsheet, the rows you selected will be printed at the top of each page, regardless of how many pages you print.
    • Be careful here - if your spreadsheet is more than one page wide when printed, the second page across will print what is at the top of the columns being printed.
    • If your goal was simply a title at the top of each page in the printout, you should use the Header/Footer options in the Page Setup dialog box shown earlier in this less.

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Hi Ernesto

Hi Ernesto

No - this is not possible. If you tell Excel you want to repeat the first four rows of your spreadsheet on every page, you can't selectively turn off the second and third rows on the second page.



Use Excel's header

Hi Yogi

I would consider using Excel's Header for the legend. This will repeat on every page, and you can set the first page to display a different header if you don't want the legend to appear on that page.

You can place formatted text in the header, although Excel's user interface for editing the header is quite basic. You could also consider inserting an image of your legend in the header if the formatting options don't work for you.



headers with different name but same sheet bellow

i want to create a monthly attendance sheet of my employs in excel as you know the date and others details would be same but i don't want to write name of employ every time by hand can there a be way so i don't have to type or write there name and mark their weekly off every time by hand as our org. remains open seven days a week and every employs has weekly off on different days. kindly find the attached sample file of attendance sheet along with names of employ in


I have repeated rows before but today the option to select which rows/columns to repeat won't allow me enter any data. It opens up the print tile box like normal and I can adjust every other option except the repeat. I've opened other documents and tried creating new ones but it won't work on any of them. :(