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How to Insert a Landscape Page into a Portrait Document (or Vice Versa!)

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Have you ever tried to insert a page that needs to be landscape into a document that uses portrait orientation? Or vice versa? Maybe you have a wide table that you need to use in a report or a picture that looks better in landscape orientation?

Portrait is a vertical layout, and Landscape is a horizontal layout.

You can either insert section breaks manually at the top and the bottom of the page that you want in the other orientation, or you can select your text and allow Microsoft Word to insert the new sections for you.

Insert Section Breaks and Set the Orientation

I prefer to set my section breaks first and then set my orientation. I like to tell Microsoft Word where to break the page instead of letting Word decide for me. In order to accomplish this, I insert a Next Page Section Break at the start and end of the text, table, picture, or other object and then set the orientation.

Insert a Section Break at the beginning of the area that you want to rotate:

  1. Select the Page Layout tab.
  2. Click the Breaks drop-down menu on the Page Setup section.
  3. Select Next Page in the Section Breaks section.
  4. Repeat the above steps.
  5. Click the Page Setup Launcher button on the Page Layout tab, in the Page Setup group.
  6. Click Portrait or Landscape on the Margins tab in the Orientation section.
  7. Select Section in the Apply To drop-down list.
  8. Click the OK button.

Let Word Insert Section Breaks and Set the Orientation

By letting Microsoft Word insert section breaks, you do save mouse clicks. However, you have no idea where Word is going to place the section breaks. You can click the Show/Hide button on the Home tab in the Paragraph section.

The main problem with letting Microsoft Word place your section breaks is if you miss-select your text. If you do not highlight the entire paragraph, multiple paragraphs, images, table, or other item, Microsoft Word moves the unselected items onto another page. So if you decide to go this route, make sure you are careful about selecting the items you want on the rotated pages! Select the text, pages, images, or paragraphs that you want to change to portrait or landscape orientation.

  1. Click the Page Layout Launcher button on the Page Layout tab, in the Page Setup group.
  2. Click Portrait or Landscape on the Margins tab in the Orientation section.
  3. Select Selected Text in the Apply To drop-down list.
  4. Click the OK button.

Give It a Try!

Now that you have seen how to apply a page orientation to a selected section in a document, give it a try. Either method works. Just choose how you want to apply your section breaks. Do you want Microsoft Word to apply your section breaks or do you want to? Both methods are pretty simple once you understand how to do it! Good luck and visit the Word Processing Forum if you have any questions on this process!
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