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When we open a brand new document in Microsoft Word, the page orientation will always automatically be set to portrait. However, some of us will want to use it in landscape orientation either for the whole document or just a single page.
Find out here how you can make one page landscape in Microsoft Word.
How To Make One Page Landscape In Word
Open Up Your Document
If you want to make a single page in a Word document landscape, then you will first need to find and open up the document you want to do this in.
Then, scroll down until you get to the page you want to change from portrait to landscape. Place your blinking cursor at the start of this page.
Break The Page
Next, you will need to break the page from the rest of the document. It will stay within the document, but this will allow you to make changes to this page and only this page.
To break the page from the rest of the document, you will need to click on the Layout tab menu from the top ribbon bar.
Where exactly the Layout button is in the list of menu buttons does change from version to version of Microsoft Word, but it will be clearly listed in that ribbon menu.
Then once you have found it, click on the Layout button and then find the ‘Breaks’ button on the menu. It will have an icon next to it showing the top and bottom of two pages with a zig-zag line between them.
Click this button and a drop down menu will appear giving you more options.
Scroll down the drop down menu until you come across the ‘Next Page’ option under the subtitle ‘Section Breaks’.
Doing this will break the page from the rest of the document and push all the text down onto new pages for the rest of your document.
Switch To Landscape Orientation
Now, with your blinking cursor still at the top of the page you want to switch to landscape orientation, you will need to head back up to the Layout menu.
There, find the ‘Orientation’ button. It will be next to ‘Margins’ and ‘Size’ and will have the picture icon of two sheets of paper with one in landscape orientation and the other in portrait orientation.
Click on the ‘Orientation’ button and a drop down menu will appear with two options – ‘Portrait’ and ‘Landscape’.
Select the ‘Landscape’ option and this will change the page you want to turn from portrait to landscape orientation to landscape.
However, it will also turn all the pages after it to landscape as well – don’t panic, we will be fixing that in the next step.
Break And Reset To Portrait Orientation
To fix the rest of your document and return all the pages after your desired landscape page back to portrait orientation, you will need to make another break in your document.
Place your blinking cursor at the start of the next page after your landscape page. Then, just line in step 2, go to the Layout menu and select ‘Breaks’ then ‘Next Page’. This will do the exact same thing as before.
Then, click on ‘Orientation’ and select the ‘Portrait’ option. This will return all the following pages back to portrait orientation – and that’s all!
So, turning one page in Microsoft Word landscape while keeping the rest of the document in portrait orientation is super easy – it’s just that not a lot of people know that you need to make breaks in your document.
Follow the steps above if you are ever in doubt or get confused.