Page Setup Features

Sometimes, it is necessary to configure page setup settings for worksheets to control printing. These page setup settings offer various options.

Page Options


Page setup options are fully supported in Aspose.Cells. This article explains how to set page options with Aspose.Cells.

Setting Page Options

Aspose.Cells provides a class, Workbook, that represents a Microsoft Excel file. The Workbook class contains a Worksheets collection that allows access to each worksheet in the Excel file. A worksheet is represented by the Worksheet class.

The Worksheet class provides the PageSetup property, used to set page setup options. In fact, the PageSetup property is an object of the PageSetup class which makes it possible to set page layout options for a printed worksheet. The PageSetup class provides various properties are used to set page setup options. Some of these properties are discussed below.

Page Orientation

Page orientation can be set to portrait or landscape using the PageSetup class' setOrientation(PageOrientationType) method. The setOrientation(PageOrientationType) method takes the PageOrientationType enumeration as a parameter. The members of the PageOrientationType enumeration are listed below.

Page Orientation Types Description
LANDSCAPE Landscape orientation
PORTRAIT Portrait orientation

Scaling Factor

It is possible to reduce or enlarge a worksheet’s size by adjusting the scaling factor with the setZoom method of the PageSetup class.

FitToPages Options

To fit the contents of the worksheet to a specific number of pages, use the PageSetup class' setFitToPagesTall and setFitToPagesWide methods. These methods are also used to scale worksheets.

Paper Size

Set the paper size that the worksheets will be printed to using the PageSetup class' PaperSize property. The PaperSize property accepts one of the pre-defined values in the PaperSizeType enumeration, listed below.

Paper Size Types Description
Paper10x14 10 in. x 14 in.
Paper11x17 11 in. x 17 in.
PaperA3 A3 (297 mm x 420 mm)
PaperA4 A4 (210 mm x 297 mm)
PaperA4Small A4 Small (210 mm x 297 mm)
PaperA5 A5 (148 mm x 210 mm)
PaperB3 B3 (13.9 x 19.7 inches)
PaperB4 B4 (250 mm x 354 mm)
PaperB5 B5 (182 mm x 257 mm)
PaperBusinessCard Business Card (90 mm x 55 mm)
PaperCSheet C size sheet
PaperDSheet D size sheet
PaperEnvelope10 Envelope #10 (4-1/8 in. x 9-1/2 in.)
PaperEnvelope11 Envelope #11 (4-1/2 in. x 10-3/8 in.)
PaperEnvelope12 Envelope #12 (4-1/2 in. x 11 in.)
PaperEnvelope14 Envelope #14 (5 in. x 11-1/2 in.)
PaperEnvelope9 Envelope #9 (3-7/8 in. x 8-7/8 in.)
PaperEnvelopeB4 Envelope B4 (250 mm x 353 mm)
PaperEnvelopeB5 Envelope B5 (176 mm x 250 mm)
PaperEnvelopeB6 Envelope B6 (176 mm x 125 mm)
PaperEnvelopeC3 Envelope C3 (324 mm x 458 mm)
PaperEnvelopeC4 Envelope C4 (229 mm x 324 mm)
PaperEnvelopeC5 Envelope C5 (162 mm x 229 mm)
PaperEnvelopeC6 Envelope C6 (114 mm x 162 mm)
PaperEnvelopeC65 Envelope C65 (114 mm x 229 mm)
PaperEnvelopeDL Envelope DL (110 mm x 220 mm)
PaperEnvelopeItaly Envelope Italy (110 mm x 230 mm)
PaperEnvelopeMonarch Envelope Monarch (3-7/8 in. x 7-1/2 in.)
PaperEnvelopePersonal Envelope (3-5/8 in. x 6-1/2 in.)
PaperESheet E size sheet
PaperExecutive Executive (7-1/2 in. x 10-1/2 in.)
PaperFanfoldLegalGerman German Legal Fanfold (8-1/2 in. x 13 in.)
PaperFanfoldStdGerman German Standard Fanfold (8-1/2 in. x 12 in.)
PaperFanfoldUS U.S. Standard Fanfold (14-7/8 in. x 11 in.)
PaperFolio Folio (8-1/2 in. x 13 in.)
PaperLedger Ledger (17 in. x 11 in.)
PaperLegal Legal (8-1/2 in. x 14 in.)
PaperLetter Letter (8-1/2 in. x 11 in.)
PaperLetterSmall Letter Small (8-1/2 in. x 11 in.)
PaperNote Note (8-1/2 in. x 11 in.)
PaperQuarto Quarto (215 mm x 275 mm)
PaperStatement Statement (5-1/2 in. x 8-1/2 in.)
PaperTabloid Tabloid (11 in. x 17 in.)

Set the print quality of the worksheets to be printed with the PageSetup class' setPrintQuality method. The measuring unit for print quality is dots per inch (DPI).

First Page Number

Start the numbering of worksheet pages using the PageSetup class' setFirstPageNumber method. The setFirstPageNumber method sets the page number of the first worksheet page and the following pages are numbered in ascending order.

Setting Margins

Aspose.Cells fully supports Microsoft Excel’s page setup options. Developers may need to configure page setup settings for worksheets to control the printing process. This topic discusses how to use Aspose.Cells to configure page margins.

Page margins in Microsoft Excel


Aspose.Cells provides a class, Workbook that represents a Microsoft Excel file. The Workbook class contains the Worksheets collection that allows access to each worksheet in a Excel file. A worksheet is represented by the Worksheet class.

The Worksheet class provides the PageSetup property, used to set page setup options. The PageSetup attribute is an object of the PageSetup class which makes it possible to set different page layout options for a printed worksheet. The PageSetup class provides various properties and methods used to set page setup options.

Page Margins

Set the margins (left, right, top, bottom) of a page with PageSetup class members. A few of the methods used to specify page margins are listed below:

Center on Page

It is possible to center something on a page horizontally and vertically. The PageSetup class has members for this purpose: setCenterHorizontally and setCenterVertically.

Set header and footer margins with PageSetup members such as setHeaderMargin and setFooterMargin.

Setting Headers and Footers

Headers and footers are the sections of text and images above the top margin or below the bottom margin on a page. It’s possible to add headers and footers to worksheets also. Headers & footers can be used to display any kind of useful information, for example page number, author name, document title or date and time. Headers & footers are also managed using the Page Setup dialog.

The Page Setup dialog


Aspose.Cells allows to add headers and footer to the worksheets at runtime but it is recommended that headers and footers are set manually in a pre-designed file for printing. You can use Microsoft Excel as a GUI tool to set headers and footers easily to reduce development time. Aspose.Cells can import the file and reserve these settings.

To add headers and footers at runtime, Aspose.Cells provides special classes and some script commands to control formatting.

Script Commands

Script commands are special commands provided by Aspose.Cells that allow developers to format headers and footers.

Script Commands Description
&P The current page number.
&G A picture.
&N The total number of pages.
&D The current date.
&T The current time.
&A The worksheet’s name.
&F The file name without the path.
&"<FontName>" A font name. For example: &“Arial”
&"<FontName>, <FontStyle>" A font name with a style. For example: &“Arial,Bold”
&<FontSize> Represents font size. For example: “&14abc”. But, if this command is followed by a plain number to be printed in the header, this should be separated with a space character from the font size. For example: “&14 123”.

Set Headers and Footers

The PageSetup class provides method setHeader for adding a header and setFooter for adding a footer to a worksheet. The script is used as an argument for all the above mentioned methods. It represents the script to be used for header or footer. This script contains script commands to format headers or footers.

The PageSetup class has the methods setHeadPicture and setFooterPicture for adding pictures to a worksheet’s header and footer. These methods take two parameters:

  • Section, the section of the header or footer where the picture will be placed. There are three sections: left, center and right, represented by the numeric values 0, 1 and 2 respectively.
  • File InputStream, the graphical data. The binary data should be written into the buffer of a byte array.

After executing the code and opening the file, check the worksheet’s header in Microsoft Excel:

  1. On the File menu, select Page Setup.
  2. On the Page Setup dialog, select the Header/Footer tab.

Inserting a graphic in a header/footer


Insert a Graphic in the First Page Header Only

The PageSetup class also has other useful methods, for example setPicture, setFirstPageHeader, setFirstPageFooter, for adding pictures into a worksheet’s first page header/footer. The first page is a special page: it is common to want it to show special information, for example a company logo.

Setting Print Options

Microsoft Excel’s page setup settings provide several print options (also referred to as sheet options) that allow users to control how worksheet pages are printed. These print options allow users to:

  • Select a specific print area on a worksheet.
  • Print titles.
  • Print gridlines.
  • Print row and column headings
  • Achieve draft quality.
  • Print comments.
  • Print cell errors.
  • Define page ordering.

All of these print options are shown below.

Print (sheet) options


Setting Print and Sheet Options

spose.Cells supports all the print options offered by Microsoft Excel and developers can easily configure these options for worksheets using the properties offered by the PageSetup class. How these properties are used is discussed below in more detail.

Set Print Area

By default, only the print area incorporates all areas of the worksheet that contain data. Developers can establish a specific print area of the worksheet.

To select a specific print area, use the PageSetup class' setPrintArea property. Assign a cell range that defines the print area to this property.

Set Print Titles

Aspose.Cells allows you to designate row and column headers to repeat on all pages of a printed worksheet. To do so, use the PageSetup class' setPrintTitleColumns and setPrintTitleRows properties.

The rows or columns that will be repeated are defined by passing their row or column numbers. For example, rows are defined as $1:$2 and columns are defined as $A:$B.

Set Other Print Options

The PageSetup class also provides several other properties to set general print options as follows:

  • setPrintGridlines, a Boolean property that defines whether to print gridlines or not print.
  • setPrintHeadings, a Boolean property that defines whether to print row and column headings or not.
  • setBlackAndWhite, a Boolean property that defines whether to print worksheet in black and white mode or not.
  • setPrintComments, defines that whether to display the print comments on the worksheet or at the end of the worksheet.
  • setPrintDraft, a boolean property that defines whether to print worksheet in draft quality or not.
  • setPrintErrors, defines that whether to print cell errors as displayed, blank, dash or N/A.

To set the PrintComments and PrintErrors properties, Aspose.Cells also provides two enumerations, PrintCommentsType and PrintErrorsType that contain pre-defined values to be assigned to the setPrintComments and setPrintErrors properties respectively.

The pre-defined values in the PrintCommentsType enumeration are described below.

Print Comments Types Description
PRINT_IN_PLACE Specifies to print comments as displayed on worksheet.
PRINT_NO_COMMENTS Specifies not to print comments.
PRINT_SHEET_END Specifies to print comments at the end of worksheet.

The pre-defined values of the PrintErrorsType enumeration are described below.

Print Errors Types Description
PRINT_ERRORS_BLANK Specifies not to print errors.
PRINT_ERRORS_DASH Specifies to print errors as “–”.
PRINT_ERRORS_DISPLAYED Specifies to print errors as displayed.
PRINT_ERRORS_NA Specifies to print errors as “#N/A”.

Set Page Order

The PageSetup class provides the setOrder property that is used to order multiple pages of your worksheet to be printed. There are two possibilities to order the pages as follows:

  • Down then over prints all pages down before printing any pages to the right.
  • Over then down prints pages left to right before printing any pages below.

Aspose.Cells provides an enumeration, PrintOrderType, that contains all pre-defined order types to be assigned to setOrder method.

The pre-defined values of PrintOrderType enumeration are described below.

Print Order Types Description
DOWN_THEN_OVER Print down, then over.
OVER_THEN_DOWN Print over, then down.

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