Last week, I needed to create a Microsoft Word document where page 1 was vertical, page 2 horizontal and page 3 portrait again. Like this:
Seems simple right? Click on that page and change the layout to Landscape. But wait, that changed ALL the pages in the document to a horizontal layout.
I found out there are some extra steps you need to take if you want just one horizontal page in the middle of a vertical-oriented document, or a mix of both Landscape and Portrait in a Word document. Here's how to do it...
Here's how to make a single page landscape:
- Go to the last page you want to keep vertical (Portrait) and click at the end of your content, so your cursor is placed there.
- From the top menu, select Page Layout > Breaks > Next Page.
- Check that your cursor is on the page you want to change to Landscape.
- From the top menu, select Page Layout > Orientation > Landscape.
This will change all subsequent pages to Landscape. If you only want one page Landscape, then have your Word document to return to a vertical layout, you'll repeat these steps for the following page (the page after the last landscaped page you want). But this time, in Step 4 choose Portrait.
That's it! You can keep repeating these steps to mix and match page orientations throughout your document.
Note: Step 2 is critical! By selecting Next Page, you create a Section Break in your document, allowing the orientation to only by applied to that section. If you create a new page by selecting Insert > Blank Page or Insert > Page Break, it adds a page, but doesn t add a section break, causing Step 4 to change ALL pages to landscape in the document, not just one.
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