How to make a landscape page in Word

Modern text processors and editors support portrait and landscape page orientations. By default, portrait orientation is used as it is more familiar and commonly used in print production. Additionally, most portable device displays are oriented in portrait mode, although they have adaptive image rotation.

The MS Word text processor supports both orientations. Regular users often face the problem of not knowing how to make a landscape page in Word. Let's discuss this topic in detail. The problem-solving methods are very similar and suitable for any version of Word, but to avoid confusion for inexperienced users, we will provide two options - for Word 2003 and for newer versions starting from Word 2007.


Word 2003

To change the position of a page in MS Word 2003, you need to go to the "File" tab, select "Page Setup". In the Page Setup dialog box, go to the "Margins" tab and find the "Orientation" section. Change the default portrait orientation to landscape by left-clicking the mouse.

In the "Page Setup" section, under "Apply to", you can set the landscape orientation "to the whole document" or to a specific page. Confirm the actions by clicking "OK".

Word 2007-2021

In most cases, users need to change the orientation of pages for the entire document. This can be done through the "Layout" tab, "Page Setup" section on the toolbar, click the "Orientation" button, and choose "Landscape" from the drop-down menu. As a result, the pages will transform from portrait to landscape orientation, and the text and graphic content, if any, will automatically adapt according to the set parameters.

In Word 2007, instead of the "Layout" tab, you will need to go to the "Page Layout" tab and find the corresponding button on the toolbar.

Landscape page for a single page

If you only need to have one page in the document with a different orientation than the others, while leaving the rest as default, you will need to use the tool called "Section Breaks".

To do this, you need to:

  1. Go to the "Home" tab, "Paragraph" section, click the "Show/Hide Paragraph Marks" button.
  2. Next, you need to insert section breaks in the appropriate places.
  3. The first section break is placed at the end of the previous page before the future landscape page. The second section break is placed at the end of the future landscape page.
  4. Go to the desired locations, expand the "Layout" tab, "Page Setup" section, click on "Breaks" and choose "Next Page".
  5. Place the cursor on the page whose position you want to change, go to the "Layout" tab, click on the "Orientation" button and choose the desired option.
  6. Continue working with the document.

There is a second way to change the position for a specific page. In this case, you need to select the content on the page you want to edit by using the left mouse button. Then, click on the "Margin" button located in the "Layout" tab. In the drop-down menu, go to the last option - "Custom Margins".

In the dialog box, find the "Orientation" section and set it to landscape. In the "Apply to:" section under "Sample", choose the condition "to the selected text". Click the "OK" button.

Further printing of a document containing one or more pages with a different orientation is performed according to the usual algorithm. Go to the "File" tab, select "Print", choose a printer, enter the number of copies, and so on.

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