How to set header and footer in Java

EasyXLS Excel library can be used to export Excel files in Java. The library works with any Java SE application and without MS Excel installed.

Step 1: Download EasyXLS Excel Library for Java

To download the trial version of EasyXLS Excel Library, press the below button:

Download EasyXLS™ Excel Library for Java

If you already own a license key, you may login and download EasyXLS from your account.

Install the downloaded EasyXLS installer for v8.6 or earlier.

Step 2: License file setup

Step required for EasyXLS v9.0 or later.

If you are using a trial, generate a trial license file from EasyXLS trials page. The trial license is valid for 30-days.

If you own a license key, you may login to the account that purchased the license and generate the license file from:

Setup the license file into your project using these guidelines.

Step 3: Create a Java project

If don't have a project already, create a new Java project.

Step 4: Include EasyXLS library into project

EasyXLS.jar must be added to external libraries into your project for Eclipse or to your application CLASSPATH.

EasyXLS.jar can be found:
- Inside the downloaded archive at Step 1 for EasyXLS v9.0 or later
- Under installation path for EasyXLS v8.6 or earlier, in "Lib" folder.

Add EasyXLS library to CLASSPATH

Step 5: Run Java code that exports an Excel file with header and footer

Execute the following Java code that exports an Excel file with the header for center section containing the file name and a custom text, header for right section containing the date and time and footer for center section containing the page number and total number of pages.

package testexceljava;

import java.awt.Color;
import EasyXLS.*;
import EasyXLS.Constants.*;

/* --------------------------------------------------------------
 | Tutorial 08
 | This tutorial shows how to create an Excel file in Java having
 | multiple sheets. The first sheet is filled with data
 | and the cells are formatted and locked.
 | The column header has comments.
 | The first sheet has header & footer.
 * ----------------------------------------------------------- */

public class Tutorial08 {

   public static void main(String[] args) {
      try {
          System.out.println("Tutorial 08");

          // Create an instance of the class that exports Excel files, having two sheets
          ExcelDocument workbook = new ExcelDocument(2);

          // Set the sheet names
          workbook.easy_getSheetAt(0).setSheetName("First tab");
          workbook.easy_getSheetAt(1).setSheetName("Second tab");

          // Protect first sheet

          // Get the table of data for the first worksheet
          ExcelTable xlsFirstTable = ((ExcelWorksheet)workbook.easy_getSheetAt(0)).easy_getExcelTable();

          // Create the formatting style for the header
          ExcelStyle xlsStyleHeader = new ExcelStyle("Verdana", 8, true, true, Color.YELLOW);
          xlsStyleHeader.setBorderColors(Color.GRAY, Color.GRAY, Color.GRAY, Color.GRAY);
          xlsStyleHeader.setBorderStyles(Border.BORDER_MEDIUM, Border.BORDER_MEDIUM, 
                                              Border.BORDER_MEDIUM, Border.BORDER_MEDIUM);

          // Add data in cells for report header
          for (int column=0; column<5; column++)
              xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(0, column).setValue("Column " + (column + 1));
              xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(0, column).setStyle(xlsStyleHeader);

              // Add comment for report header cells
              xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(0, column).setComment("This is column no " + (column + 1));

          // Add data in cells for report values
          for (int row=0; row<100; row++)
              for (int column=0; column<5; column++)
                  xlsFirstTable.easy_getCell(row+1, column).setValue("Data " + (row + 1) + ", " + (column + 1));

          // Create a formatting style for cells
          ExcelStyle xlsStyleData = new ExcelStyle();
          // Protect cells
          xlsFirstTable.easy_setRangeStyle("A2:E101", xlsStyleData);

          // Set column widths
          xlsFirstTable.setColumnWidth(0, 70);
          xlsFirstTable.setColumnWidth(1, 100);
          xlsFirstTable.setColumnWidth(2, 70);
          xlsFirstTable.setColumnWidth(3, 100);
          xlsFirstTable.setColumnWidth(4, 70);

          // Add header on center section
          ExcelWorksheet xlsFirstTab = (ExcelWorksheet)workbook.easy_getSheetAt(0);
          xlsFirstTab.easy_getHeaderAt(Header.POSITION_CENTER).InsertValue(" - How to create header and footer");

          // Add header on right section
          xlsFirstTab.easy_getHeaderAt(Header.POSITION_RIGHT).InsertValue(" ");

          // Add footer on center section
          xlsFirstTab.easy_getFooterAt(Footer.POSITION_CENTER).InsertValue(" of ");

          // Export Excel file
          System.out.println("Writing file: C:\\Samples\\Tutorial08 - header and footer in Excel.xlsx");
          workbook.easy_WriteXLSXFile("C:\\Samples\\Tutorial08 - header and footer in Excel.xlsx");

          // Confirm export of Excel file
          if (workbook.easy_getError().equals(""))
              System.out.println("File successfully created.");
              System.out.println("Error encountered: " + workbook.easy_getError());

          // Dispose memory
      catch (Exception ex) {

EasyXLS Excel libraries:

Excel Library for Java
full Java version to import, export or convert Excel files
Excel Writer for Java
Java version to create and export Excel files
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File formats:

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MS Excel 2007 - 2019
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