How to make part of a document (or just one page) landscape in Word 2007

I get asked about once a month how to set a single page of a Word document to landscape mode, while leaving the rest of the document in portrait. In Microsoft Word, it’s not difficult, but it’s anything but obvious.

There are buttons on the ribbon to switch between portrait and landscape. But they switch the whole document, not your selection or the page you’re on. I’m sure you have already tried that. Here’s how to switch it for part of the document.

First, go to the end of the page just prior to the page you want to turn to landscape mode (longways or sideways).

Click on Page Layout, then click on Breaks. From that dropdown, scroll to Section Breaks, and select Next Page. Then go to the end of the section you want switched to landscape and do the same thing–click on Breaks, scroll to Section Breaks, and select Next Page. Now click the tiny little arrow in the lower-right hand portion of the Page Setup thingamajig, which brings up the old-fashioned Page Setup dialog. Select Landscape under Orientation, then at the bottom of the dialog box where it says Apply To, select This Section. Click OK.

Congratulations. Now part of your document is in landscape mode.

Chances are you have some extra blank pages in the document now too. To clean those up, go to the pages immediately preceding the extra blank pages. Move to the end, and delete empty lines until those extra pages go away.

If there’s an easy way to change one page to landscape without creating those blank pages, I haven’t found it. At least you can delete them in a few seconds.

And that’s how you set a single page of a Word document to landscape while leaving the rest in portrait.

2 thoughts on “How to make part of a document (or just one page) landscape in Word 2007”

  1. Why I still like WordPerfect – just go to the top of the page you want in landscape, click format, page setup, and landscape – do the same at the top of the next page, or wherever you want to change back, and select portrait. I will never forgive Novell for taking a year or more out of the development life of WP during the critical period of moving to Windows.

    1. Wordperfect will maintain at least some sort of following for as long as they hold to the traditional menu/toolbar interface. Once Microsoft decrees that Office 2003 won’t run on future versions of Windows (it’ll eventually happen), I’ll switch to Wordperfect at home. I’ve always been more comfortable in Word–prior to the ribbon–but the day Microsoft forces the ribbon on me at home is the day I switch to something else, whether that’s Wordperfect or Libre Office.

      This operation was clumsy even in Word 2003, but not this clumsy. Nothing was. The problem I have with the ribbon is that it’s no longer possible to become a power user just by using the product for 6-12 months. After four years of using Office 2007, I’m still as much of a beginner as I was on day 3.

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