When you print a Microsoft Excel workbook, a blank page is printed
at the end.
This behavior occurs when the page contains data that is
The new Intelliprint functionality in Excel seeks
to eliminate the printing of blank pages at the end of a workbook. Intelliprint
determines whether the last page of the workbook is blank, and if so, removes
it from the print job.
Excel defines a blank page as a page with no
content and no visible items.
The following list describes the rules
that are used to determine whether a page is considered blank:
- A page containing empty cells is considered to be blank.
NOTE: Worksheets that contain the following items are considered to be
- Cells containing formulas (even if they have blank
- Cells with errors that are displayed as
- Cells that are formatted to hide text by setting the text
color to the same color as the background color
- Hidden rows and columns are not considered when whether a
page is blank. Therefore, if a page contains nothing but data that is in hidden
rows or columns, that page is still considered to be blank.
- Pages that contain objects are considered to be blank only if
the following conditions are true:
- In Microsoft Office Excel 2003 and in earlier versions of Excel, the Print object check box is not selected on the Properties tab in the Format AutoShape dialog box.
In Microsoft Office Excel 2007, the Print object check box is not selected on the Properties tab in the Size and Properties dialog box.
Note To clear this check box, click Size and Properties on the Format menu, and then click to clear the Print object check box on the Properties tab.
- In Excel 2003 and in earlier versions of Excel, the Hide all check box is selected under Objects on the View tab in the Options dialog box.
In Excel 2007, the Nothing (hide objects) option is selected.
Note To select this option, click the Microsoft Office Button, click Excel Options, and then select the Nothing (hide objects) option.
- Pages containing borders and cell shading are considered to
NOTE: When a cell is formatted with shading, that cell is considered to be
non-blank, even if that shading
matches the original background formatting.
For example, in Excel 2003, the standard background is white (the Microsoft Windows default
color) and you choose Cells from the Format menu. Then, you select the color "white" from the color palette in
the Cell Shading section on the Patterns tab. When you do this, that page is considered to be non-blank, even though nothing
- Pages that contain cell formatting such as bold, italics, or text color are considered to be blank if the cells are
- Print Titles do not cause a page to be considered
Trailing blank page suppression is the default behavior of
Excel. To override this behavior and to print a trailing blank page, set a print
area that includes the blank page.
Article ID: 288968 - Last Review: January 31, 2007 - Revision: 3.2
- Microsoft Office Excel 2007
- Microsoft Office Excel 2003
- Microsoft Excel 2002 Standard Edition
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