Microsoft Excel: Give me a break

By J. Carlton Collins, CPA

Q: I can’t figure out why the “Page break between groups” option in the attached Excel 2013 workbook doesn’t work; this page break functionality seems to work fine in all of my other workbooks, just not in this particular workbook. What have I done wrong?


 I admit that this question stumped me at first (sometimes my brain has too many tabs open), but as is often the case, the trick was just knowing where to look. You have set up your Subtotal’s Page break between groups correctly; however, in Page Setup, you have set the Custom Scaling Option for the workbook to print a maximum of 40 pages tall (as pictured below), which overrides the Page break between groups settings.

To resolve this problem in your example, from the Page Layout tab, select File, Page Setup, and under the Scaling section change the tall option from 40 to blank; thereafter, your subtotaled report will break to a new page after every subtotal.


About the author

J. Carlton Collins ( is a technology consultant, a CPE instructor, and a JofA contributing editor.

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