Whenever you use Microsoft Word to write something, the default page orientation is “Portrait” and that’s what you’ll see in most documents. However, some content looks better when it’s written in “landscape” orientation, and it’s not hard to adjust an entire document to fit this format. However, what happens if you only want one landscape page and not the whole page?
For example, you might have a document with several pages of standard text and one page with a table with many columns – the table would really benefit from landscape orientation, while the rest of the text should keep the default orientation. Of course, the table is just an example and this could apply to any content on the page.
Whatever your particular case, the good news is that you can change the orientation of individual pages in a Word document. The process simply requires that you use a formatting feature called Section Breaks. There are two ways to do this, and this article will provide a simple guide to both of them.
Method 1: Inserting section breaks manually
For the purpose of explaining this method, let’s say you have a four-page document and you only want the second page to be landscape.
Start by clicking at the very beginning of the second page – the blinking cursor should be in the upper left corner of this page (as far as the margins allow). Now click on the Layout tab from the ribbon menu at the top left side of the screen. Then click on the Breaks icon – it looks like two pages with a small gap in between.
A new sub-menu will appear and here you need to select ” Next Page “. You have created the first section break in a document.
The next step also happens in the Layout tab. However, now you need to click the ” Orientation ” icon and select ” Landscape “.
Now you will see a major change in your document – everything after the section break you made (that is, pages two, three and four) will be in landscape orientation. This is a step in the right direction, but this is not what we want – we want the second page to be just like that.
So, we need to create another section break. Click the start of the third page and follow the same procedure to insert another section break. Then again go to the “Orientation” menu, but this time change it back to “Portrait” – this is the last step you need to do.
You will now see that the second page of your document is landscape and everything else is portrait. Here we have isolated the second page with section breaks. Thus, landscape orientation only applies to this page and not to the entire document.
If you want to better see where section breaks are, you need to turn on the option to show formatting marks. To do this, go to the Home tab and look for the pilcraw symbol in the Paragraph section – it looks a bit like an inverted P/lowercase q.
Click on it and Word will display all the formatting marks, including section breaks. Now you will see exactly where each section starts and ends.
Method 2: Without manually inserting section breaks
The second method might be a little easier, since you don’t have to insert section breaks yourself – you can let Word do it.
Start by selecting the piece of text you want to display in landscape. While it’s selected, go to the Layout tab and look at the Page Setup section – it’s the same as the previous method. However, now you need to click on the small icon in the bottom right corner to open the full Page Setup menu.
Here look in the ” Orientation ” section and select ” Landscape “. Now look at the bottom of this box and you will see a sub-menu labeled ” Apply to “. Click the small arrow and select ” Selected Text “. Then just click OK.
You will now see that Word has placed the highlighted section on its own page and applied landscape orientation to it only.
Frequently asked Questions
How to make one page landscape on Mac?
MacOS users often find it difficult to follow Microsoft Word guides because the interface between an Apple computer and a PC is very different. Luckily, all of the steps above apply to Mac computers as well.
What does Landscape mean?
In terms of documents, landscape means your pages are wider, while portrait means they are longer. Landscape is ideal for placing charts in a Word document that would otherwise be narrower on the page in portrait mode.
Mixing two page orientations
A combination of portrait and landscape orientations can be a great way to accommodate different types of content in the same Word document. As you can see, you’ll need to go through a few menus to do this, but both of these methods are easy to use if you give it some thought.
In the end, it probably won’t be something you use too often, but it can be a very neat trick when the situation calls for it. Now that you know how to do it, what will you use it for?