Most of the time when you create a Word document, you want it in either landscape or portrait. Sometimes, though, you want a single page landscape – to display an image for example. Doing so, however, isn’t as easy as you might expect. As a result, we’re going to show you how to make one page landscape in Word using a couple of tricks.
How to insert a landscape page in Word
By using section breaks and Word’s in-build formatting options, you can change the orientation of one page in Word without affecting the others. But what if you only want some of the text on your portrait page to be landscape? For that, you’ll have to use Word’s margin options.
Without further adieu, we’ll show you how to change the orientation of one page in Word
How to Make One Page Landscape in Word
Once you know the workaround, it’s not difficult to change the orientation of one page in Word. All it requires is some clever use of Word’s inbuilt tools. Here’s how:
- Open the Layout tab in your ribbon, press the page breaks button, and click “Next Page”
Of course, you should have your cursor on the page you want to put in landscape view for this – preferably at the start.
If you’re unfamiliar, the page break button is the icon just to the right of the orientation button.
- Click “Orientation” in your ribbon, then “Landscape”
You’ll notice that your selected page is now in landscape, but so is everything after it. To resolve this, we need to add another “next page” break, as shown below.
- Click on the following page and add another “Next Page” section break
Remember, you can activate this option by clicking the page break button, next to “Orientation”, then on “Next Page”.
- Change your Word orientation on the next page to portrait
Just click “Orientation”, then “Portrait” in your ribbon with your cursor on the second page.
- Check your landscape page
If you changed your page layout in Word correctly, you should now have just one page in landscape layout. If this isn’t the case, you probably accidentally placed the section breaks incorrectly.
How to Change the Orientation of Specific Text in Word
If you don’t want every bit of text on the portrait page to appear on your landscape page, you can make one page landscape in Word based on a specific text selection:
- Select the text you want to put in Word landscape view
- Open the Layout tab and click “Margins > Custom Margins…”
The margins button is on the far left of the ribbon.
- Open the “Margins” tab and click “Landscape”
You’ll find the landscape button underneath the “Orienatation” heading.
- Click the dropdown next to “Apply to:” and choose “Selected text”
- Press “OK” to change the selected page to landscape view
The text you selected should now be in landscape view, while the rest is on portrait pages.
If you’re wondering whether you can change the orientation of one page in Word using this method, you can. Simply select all the text on your page and repeat the steps above.
How to Rotate Text or Add a Page Border in Word
Now that you know how to make one page landscape in Word, you may be wondering what else you can achieve with some creative formatting. Feel free to check out our guides on how to rotate or turn text upside down and how to add a page border so you can more easily trim your landscape pages.