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You can customize your Microsoft Word page layout. It is possible to split a Microsoft Word page vertically in half. You could start with changing the Word document page orientation, which means that you turn the page horizontally. Then you will need to add columns to your page. Read this article to understand how to split a page in half vertically in Microsoft Word.
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Turn the Word page horizontally
Our default Word page layout is a portrait, which is A4 size. If you want to create more space in width, you can change it horizontally in Microsoft Word. This step is optional, and you can split your Word page vertically in half, whether the page is horizontal or vertical.
The dimensions of a landscape Word page size are the same, but the width is larger than the height. The difference between portrait and landscape Word pages:
- Portrait dimensions: 210 mm width x 297 mm height
- Landscape dimensions: 297 mm width x 210 mm height
If you want to have text on both sides, you might want to flip the page horizontally and get the landscape Word page. Read this article to learn different methods to change the page orientation to landscape in Word.
How to turn the page orientation to landscape in Word:
- Click on Layout in the ribbon
- Click on the Orientation icon
- Select > Landscape
Split Microsoft Word page in half vertically
When you split a Word document vertically in half, you can have text on both sides. We will show you the steps to have text on both halves of your Word document.
Two columns of text on the Word page
You can create two columns of text on both sides of your Word page. If you already have text on your Word page, you must select it before starting.
Add two columns to your Word page:
- Select the text on your Word page (if you have)
- Click on the Layout tab in the ribbon
- Go to the Page Setup group > Click on Columns
- Select Two
If you start typing on this Word page, the sentences will stop midway and continue underneath. Your selected text will now be in two columns. When you only select the text and change the layout into two columns, the content might look different. It all depends on how you select the text.
Select the text from the beginning of the page until the last dot with your mouse cursor.
- It will result in two columns
- Same text split in half
- Text on both sides
If you select the text another way, you will see different results. It looks like you split your Word document in half vertically.
Use Ctrl + A to select the entire text on your Word document page:
- It will result in two columns
- Full text on one side
Insert column break to split Microsoft Word page vertically
First, we have inserted two columns in our Microsoft Word document. So, if you want to split the Word page vertically and duplicate the text on both sides, then you need to continue the steps below.
Insert a column break on the Word page:
- Click at the bottom of your text
- Go to the Layout tab in the ribbon
- Go to the Page Setup group > Click on Breaks
- Select Column
You can’t see the column break unless you show the paragraph marks in your Word document.
Click on the ¶ icon in the Home tab to view the paragraph marks. In the below picture, you can see the column break at the end of the text.
The last step is to copy your text and paste it into the right column. You have successfully duplicated the exact text on both sides of your Word page, which looks like your split it vertically in half.
Now you have learned a trick to split a Microsoft Word page vertically in half. First, you can change the page orientation to landscape to add more space in the width of the page. Then you start by inserting two columns in the page layout. Lastly, you can decide whether to duplicate text on both halves of your Word document or to split the text in half.