How to Make One Page Landscape in Microsoft Word

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If you’re creating a Word document with multiple page layouts, you may wish to make a single page landscape. Here’s how.

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When you’re creating Word documents, you have two-page layout options available—landscape or portrait. Portrait mode is the default option, but you can switch to landscape mode instead if you want your text sideways.

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.

How to Make One Page Landscape in Word

If you want to quickly make one page landscape in Word, here’s what you’ll need to do:

  1. Open your Word document and place the blinking cursor at the start of the page you wish to change to landscape mode.
  2. Click on the Layout menu in the ribbon bar.
  3. Select Breaks > Next Page in the Section Breaks section. This will insert a section break and push your text onto a new page.
    Inserting a section break in Word
  4. In the Layout menu, press Orientation > Landscape. This will switch the current page and all the following pages to landscape mode.
    Changing page orientation in Word to Landscape mode
  5. You’ll now need to turn the remaining pages back to portrait mode. Scroll down to the next page, then place the blinking cursor at the start of the page.
  6. Press Layout Breaks > Next Page to insert a new section break.
    Inserting a section break in Word
  7. Click on Orientation > Portrait to switch the pages to portrait mode.Setting page to Portrait mode in Word

If you followed the steps correctly, you should now have one single landscape page, with all other pages remaining in portrait mode.

A Word document with multiple page layouts

How to Make Specific Text Landscape in Word

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.

  1. To do this, start by highlighting the text that you want to appear on the landscape page.
    Highlighting text in Word
  2. In the Layout menu, click on Margins, then select the Custom Margins… option at the bottom of the drop-down menu.
  3. In the Page Setup window, click on the Landscape option in the Margins tab, under the Orientation section.
    Setting page orientation to Landscape mode in Word
  4. In the Apply to box, choose Selected Text.
    Applying changes to selected text in Word
  5. Click OK to confirm the settings you’ve selected.

Press OK to confirm

You should now have a landscape page that contains the text you previously highlighted, 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, 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.

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