Fast Tip Friday – Formatting an Excel File as a Trial Exhibit

This is an adaptation of a recent article written by Jeff Bennion for the Above the Law blog.

In my legal career, I have formatted hundreds of Excel files for printing, at the request of an attorney who is uncomfortable using Microsoft Excel. I use many of the same steps that Jeff mentions in his article, with a few slight variations.

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Source: Jeff Bennion


  1. Two of my favorite people. Amy I am taking class from Jeff Bennion and he is a great teacher. Thanks for making my Fridays wonderful.

    1. Awesome Sheila! I really enjoy Jeff’s articles so I reference them in my Pinhawk newsletter. This one gave me an opportunity to introduce Jeff to my LSG readership. I love to see attorneys embracing technology in the practice of law.

  2. Typically we get involved in this kind of print task with very complex and unwieldy spreadsheets, and we’ve found that you can easily burn up 30-40 mins per spreadsheet for complex ones. We of course discourage as much as possible the printing of spreadsheets…

    Another tip in addition to your great tips is that we’ll generate a PDF of say A0 paper size, and then when you go to print the PDF, Acrobat can handle printing this to your desired paper size – ie it handles scaling quite well.

    A conundrum with any printing of spreadsheets is printing and representing the information exactly as provided by the client, vs ALL data from the spreadsheet. Naturally in our area we tend to go for the latter, however its not actually what the client had intended.

    I believe you have a video Amy on the subject of spreadsheets.

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