When you’re creating Word documents, you have two page layout options available—landscape or portrait. Portrait mode is the default option, but if you want your text sideways, you can switch to landscape mode instead.
If you want to use both types of layouts in Word, you’ll need to use a few workarounds using section breaks and Word’s own page formatting options to do so. Here’s how.
Making the Whole Page Landscape
If you have a single page containing text or images that you’re looking to switch to landscape mode, then you’ll need to insert a section break, then change the page formatting options to allow you to use landscape mode on a single page.
To start, find the page that you want to change to landscape view, then place the blinking cursor at the very start of the page. Click on the Layout menu in the ribbon bar, select Breaks, then press Next Page in the Section Breaks section.
This will insert a section break and push your text onto a new page.
While you’re in the Layout menu, click on Orientation > Landscape. This will switch the current page and all following pages to landscape mode.
You’ll now need to turn the remaining pages back to portrait mode. Scroll down to the next page, then click at the very start of the page to place the blinking cursor.
We’ll follow a similar process as before to switch these pages to portrait mode—in the Layout menu, click Breaks, then press Next Page to insert a section break.
Click on Orientation > Portrait to switch the page to portrait mode.
You should now have one single landscape page, with all other pages remaining in portrait mode.
Making Specific Text Landscape
If you don’t want all of the text on your page to appear on the landscape page, you can choose to make a landscape page that only contains specific text.
To do this, start by highlighting the text that you want to appear on the landscape page.
In the Layout menu, click on Margins, then select the Custom Margins… option at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
In the Page Setup window, click on the Landscape option in the Margins tab, under the Orientation section.
In the Apply to box, choose Selected Text.
Click OK to confirm the settings you’ve selected.
You should now have a landscape page that just contains the text you previously highlited, creating a section break that uses a different page layout to the rest of your Word document.
You can use this method to turn an entire page landscape—to do this, select all of the text on the page before you start and repeat the steps above to complete the change.
Formatting Microsoft Word Documents
Now that you know how to make a single page landscape in Word, you can start creating documents with as many combinations of landscape and portrait pages as you want. This is where learning how to rearrange pages in Word might just come in handy.
If you’re looking for other ways to take your Word documents further, then why not learn how to insert an Excel table into Word. For academic documents, you may wish to create a table of contents in Word to keep your document organized.