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How to Automatically Select Portrait or Landscape in Excel

Excel is a powerful tool that can help you organize and analyze data in a variety of ways. One of the most common ways to present data is through printing, and sometimes you need to switch between portrait and landscape orientation to get the best results. In this article, we’ll show you how to automatically select portrait or landscape in Excel.

Step 1: Open the Page Setup Dialog Box

The first step is to open the Page Setup dialog box. You can do this by clicking on the Page Layout tab in the ribbon, and then clicking on the small arrow in the bottom right corner of the Page Setup group.

Step 2: Select the Orientation

Once you have the Page Setup dialog box open, you can select the orientation you want. You can choose between portrait and landscape by clicking on the appropriate radio button in the Orientation section.

Step 3: Set Up Your Worksheet

Now that you have selected the orientation, you can set up your worksheet. You can adjust the margins, headers, and footers to fit your needs. You can also adjust the scaling to fit your data on one page or to fit it across multiple pages.

Step 4: Save Your Settings

Once you have everything set up the way you want it, you can save your settings. You can do this by clicking on the OK button in the Page Setup dialog box. Your settings will be saved for the current worksheet, so you will need to repeat these steps for any other worksheets you want to print.

Automatically Selecting Portrait or Landscape

Now that you know how to manually select portrait or landscape in Excel, you may be wondering if there is a way to automatically select the orientation based on the data in your worksheet. Fortunately, there is a way to do this using VBA (Visual Basic for Applications).

Step 1: Open the Visual Basic Editor

The first step is to open the Visual Basic Editor. You can do this by pressing Alt + F11 on your keyboard or by clicking on the Developer tab in the ribbon and then clicking on the Visual Basic button.

Step 2: Create a New Module

Once you have the Visual Basic Editor open, you can create a new module. You can do this by clicking on the Insert menu and then clicking on Module.

Step 3: Add the Code

Now that you have a new module, you can add the code to automatically select portrait or landscape. Here is an example of the code:

Sub AutoPortraitLandscape()

If ActiveSheet.PageSetup.Orientation = xlPortrait Then

ActiveSheet.PageSetup.Orientation = xlLandscape

Else

ActiveSheet.PageSetup.Orientation = xlPortrait

End If

End Sub

This code checks the current orientation of the active worksheet and then switches it to the opposite orientation. You can customize this code to fit your specific needs.

Step 4: Save Your Macro

Once you have added the code, you can save your macro. You can do this by clicking on the File menu and then clicking on Save. Be sure to save your macro as a macro-enabled workbook (.xlsm) so that you can use it again in the future.

Step 5: Run Your Macro

Now that you have created your macro, you can run it to automatically select portrait or landscape. You can do this by clicking on the Macros button in the Developer tab of the ribbon and then selecting your macro from the list. You can also assign a keyboard shortcut to your macro for even faster access.

By following these steps, you can easily switch between portrait and landscape orientation in Excel. Whether you need to do it manually or automatically, Excel has you covered.

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