Operations Management (33:623:386)
Instructions for Standard Printouts
Throughout the term, I will ask for "standard printouts" of your Excel
models. The standard printouts for a model consist of two things. The first
is a printout of the model as a set of values, the way it usually
appears on the screen. This printout must show headings for all rows (1,
2, 3, etc.) and columns (A, B, C, etc.). To get this printout, you perform the following
If possible, you should try to make each spreadsheet printout fit on a
single page. Under the Page tab of Page Setup dialog box, select
Landscape orientation, and fit to 1 x 1 page before you print. You
can use the Print Preview button to see how things will look when
Go th the Page Setup dialog box: in Excel 2003, select Page Setup... from the File
menu in Excel 2003; in Excel 2007, select the Page Layout tab from the
ribbon, then click the small square in the lower right corner of the Page
Click on the Sheet tab.
If there is no "X" in the box next to Row and Column Headings, click
there so that one appears.
Click on the printer icon in the toolbar, or choose
the file menu to print the spreadsheet.
The second printout should be as a set of formulas. It is
critical that this printout show all row and column headings (1, 2, 3, and A, B,
C etc.). It should
show the formulas in your spreadsheet; for optimization models (which will
be most of our spreadsheets), it should also clearly indicate the target
cell, the changing cells, and all constraints. Also indicate whether you
are minimizing or maximizing the target cell.
To get this printout, follow these steps:
To indicate the target cell, minimization or maximization, changing cells, and
constraints, you may make handwritten notations on this second printout.
Alternately, you may make notations using text and graphics on the spreadsheet
itself. Excel will let you draw arrows right on your spreadsheet (in Excel 2003,
use Toolbars from the View menu to show the drawing toolbar; in
Excel 2007, select the Insert tab from the ribbon, and choose from
Shapes under Illustrations).
Type control-tilde (hold down "ctrl" and type the key marked ` ~)
Adjust the column widths so that you can see all the formulas.
Print out the spreadsheet, using the same procedure as above.
Resize columns as necessary to be sure they are wide enough to display all
Points will be deducted if you fail to follow these guidelines.
Common errors are forgetting the row and column headings, or not clearly
indicating the changing cells, target cell, or constraints.
To go back to the values view, type control-tilde again.