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How to change page orientation to landscape in Word

The pages in a Word document are in portrait (vertical) orientation by default, where the length is larger than the width. Perhaps you have a picture or large table format that does not fit the Word page layout. Word has a feature where you can change the page orientation to landscape (horizontal) in the whole document. You will learn how to change the page to horizontal on Word. We will show you the steps to having one page in landscape orientation in different methods. It is possible to use both portrait and landscape layouts in the same Word document.

Change entire Word document orientation landscape

Our default Word page layout is in portrait orientation, with A4 size. The difference between portrait and landscape is the width and length. They both have the exact dimensions; 210 x 297 mm. The dimensions of a landscape Word page size are 297 x 210 mm, where the width is larger than the length.

The main difference between portrait and landscape page orientation in Word:

  • Portrait orientation: vertical page (210 x 297 mm)
  • Landscape orientation: horizontal page (297 x 210 mm)

You can change the page from vertical to horizontal in Microsoft Word. When you change the layout from portrait to landscape or vice versa, it looks like you turned the paper.

Steps to get landscape orientation in your Word document:

  1. Click on Layout in the ribbon
  2. Click on the Orientation icon
  3. Select > Landscape

Your Word document will automatically shift orientation. You can always switch the page from horizontal to vertical in Word by following the same steps and selecting portrait.

how to change page orientation to landscape in word

Change a single page to orientation landscape in Word

You can shift one page to landscape orientation in Microsoft Word while keeping the rest of the document in portrait layout. There are two methods to do this. We will start with the easiest method first.

Switch a page orientation in the Page Setup dialog box

Let’s say that you want to change the layout of a single page to orientation. Select everything you have on that page. You take your cursor and select and drag it to select the entire content on the page in Word.

Follow the steps below to change a single page to landscape view in Word.

1 – Open the Page Setup dialog box

  • Select all the content on the specific page
  • Click on the Layout tab in the ribbon
  • Go to the Page Setup group > Click on the arrow in the corner
Open page setup dialog box

2 – Change the settings in the Page Setup dialog box

The Page Setup dialog box opens up, and you have to be in the Margins tab

  1. Under Orientation > Click on Landscape
  2. Apply to > Click on the arrow and choose > Selected text
  3. Click OK

The selected page automatically changes to landscape orientation.

how to change page orientation to landscape in word

Only the selected page will change its orientation to landscape in Word. As you can see in our example below, we have selected the text from page 2 and followed the same steps. The result is visible as only page 2 has a landscape orientation layout.

One word page landscape orientation

Change half Word document to horizontal with a section break

If you have a lot of content and pictures on some pages, you might get into problems when changing the orientation in Word. Once you turn the page layout to landscape, the images might shift to the next page. Therefore, you can use another method to change a page in your Word document to landscape orientation.

If you want to change half of your Word pages into landscape orientation, follow the steps below.

Step 1 – Insert a section break

First, we need to insert a section break. So go to the page you want to change the orientation. In our example, we want to change the orientation from pages 3 and above.

  1. Put your cursor at the beginning of the page you want to shift horizontally
  2. Click on Layout in the ribbon
  3. Click on Breaks
  4. Under Section Breaks > Select Next Page
Insert section breaks next page

You have inserted a section break in your Word document, which you can’t see. You need to show all the paragraph marks to see your section breaks.

  • Go to the Home tab in the ribbon
  • In the Paragraph group > Click on ¶

Remember that when you insert a next page section break at the beginning of a page, it will be visible at the end of the previous page. You can also remove a section break in Word.

show paragraph marks

Step 2 – Change orientation to landscape

The next step is to keep your cursor on the same page. In our example, it is page number 3.

  • Go to the Layout tab of the ribbon
  • Click on Orientation
  • Select > Landscape

It resulted in having half of your Word document in a vertical layout, and the pages after the section break are now horizontal.

Change orientation landscape Word

In our example, we inserted a section break on page 3, which means that pages 1 and 2 stayed in portrait orientation, and pages 3 and above are in landscape. You can also decide which pages you want in a horizontal layout by inserting another section break. So read the next chapter and follow the steps.

how to change page to horizontal on word

Change single page orientation to landscape using section breaks

Follow the steps below to have a single page or a few pages in landscape orientation in your Word document. In our example, we only want page number 3 in landscape orientation.

Step 1 – Insert two section breaks

We need to start by inserting a section break at the beginning of the page (e.g., page 3) you want to have in a horizontal layout.

  • Put your cursor at the beginning of the page (in our example, page 3)
  • Click on Layout in the ribbon
  • Click on Breaks
  • Under Section Breaks > Select Next Page

Word inserts a section break at the end of the previous page. You can only see the section break if you show the paragraph marks.

Keyboard shortcut to show paragraph marks:

  • Press Ctrl + (

Now we need to insert a second section break.

  1. Put your cursor at the beginning of the next page (in our example, page 4)
  2. Stay in the Layout in the ribbon
  3. Click on Breaks
  4. Under Section Breaks > Select Next Page

You have inserted two section breaks. The first section break is visible at the end of the previous page (e.g., 2). The other section break at the end of the page (e.g., 3) you want in a horizontal layout.

So if you want pages 3 and 4 in landscape orientation, then you need to add the second section break at the beginning of page 5.

insert two section breaks

Step 2 – Change the orientation of the Word page

The last step is to change the orientation of the single page.

  1. Put your cursor on the page you are going to shift horizontally (in our example, page 3)
  2. Go to the Layout tab in the ribbon
  3. Click on Orientation
  4. Select Portrait

It will make the rest of your Word document stay in a portrait layout. In our example, we only have page number 3 in landscape orientation, as you can see in the below picture.

Single page landscape orientation

Conclusion

You can successfully change a Word page orientation to a landscape layout. Using the Page Setup dialog box, you can easily change the page to horizontal in Word. Or use the Orientation button from the Layout tab in the ribbon to switch to landscape. If you can’t switch one page horizontally, you can always insert section breaks and change the orientation to landscape.

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