How to make one page landscape in a Word document, with tips

By Indeed Editorial Team

Updated 30 November 2022

Published 2 May 2022

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When creating documents in Word, you have the option to format pages either in portrait or landscape orientation. Most documents tend to be in portrait format, which is the default option. But the landscape format may be a more suitable alternative for pages in a document displaying charts or illustrations that are too wide to view clearly in portrait formatting. In this article, we explain how to make one page landscape in a Word document and provide you with further tips for using Word to create documents for professional or educational purposes.

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What is a section break?

If you want to make one page landscape in Word, you may wish to understand how to use section breaks, page breaks and orientation settings. The landscape orientation can enhance the impact and improve the readability of your document. A section break helps you control your document formatting according to your needs. It can help you print a page or part of a page in landscape, even if your document is in portrait mode. It might also help you change the header text from one chapter to another. Here are steps you can use to insert a section break:

  1. Move the cursor to the position where you want to insert the section break.

  2. Open the 'Layout' tab.

  3. Click on 'Breaks'.

  4. Under the 'Breaks' header, choose from the following options:

  • ‘Next Page' to start a new section on a new page

  • ‘Continuous Break' to start a new section on the same page

  • ‘Even Page' to start the new section on the next even-numbered page

  • ‘Odd Page' to start the new section on the next odd-numbered page

How to change one page landscape in Word using ‘Page Setup'

You can use this method if your page has tables, images or charts. Here are the steps you can take:

  1. Select all the items on the page, be it a table, chart, image or text, by highlighting them with your cursor.

  2. Open the 'Layout' tab and click on the arrow at the bottom right corner of the page setup section. This opens up the ‘Page Setup' dialogue box.

  3. In the 'Orientation' section, select ‘Landscape', and at the bottom of the setup dialogue box, click the apply button and click ‘OK'. The page automatically turns to landscape format once you click ‘OK'.

How to change one page to landscape by inserting a break

While the ‘Page Setup' method is one of the simpler options for changing the format of some pages in your document from portrait to landscape mode, it might be challenging if you have other, more complex items on your page, such as an image wrapped with text. In this case, you can make the formatting change by inserting a break:

  1. Open your document and place the cursor at the beginning of the page you want to change into landscape mode.

  2. Open the 'Layout' tab and click on 'Breaks' on the drop-down arrow. Then, choose 'Next Page', which inserts a section break in your Word document.

  3. On the 'Layout' tab, click on the 'Orientation' drop-down arrow to choose the landscape format. This changes the current and subsequent pages to landscape mode.

  4. To return the following pages to portrait mode, place your cursor at the beginning of the next page.

  5. Open the 'Layout' tab and choose 'Next Page' on the drop-down arrow of the 'Breaks' tab. This inserts another section break in your Word document.

  6. On the 'Layout' tab, click on the 'Orientation' tab and select 'Portrait'. This changes all the remaining pages to portrait mode, apart from the one you chose to change to landscape mode.

How to make one page landscape by focusing on specific text

If you want specific text on your page to appear in landscape mode, you can take the following steps:

  1. Highlight the text that you want to see in landscape mode.

  2. Open the 'Layout' menu, select 'Margins' and then click on 'Custom Margins' at the bottom of the drop-down menu. This opens the ‘Page Setup' dialogue box.

  3. In this dialogue box, select the landscape mode in the 'Orientation' section.

  4. In the setup box, choose 'Selected text' instead of 'Whole document'.

  5. Click ‘OK' to confirm your settings.

How to make landscape mode your default orientation

Portrait mode is the default orientation for Microsoft Word documents. If you want landscape mode to be the default orientation for your documents, here are steps to take:

  1. Launch Microsoft Word.

  2. Click the 'Layout' tab on the top of the window or in the ribbon.

  3. Tap on the 'Page Setup' arrow at the bottom right corner of the 'Layout' drop-down menu.

  4. Choose the landscape setting under the 'Orientation' section on the pop-up page.

  5. Click the 'Set as Default' button at the bottom of the window and then press ‘OK'.

  6. After pressing ‘OK', a pop-up window appears. Click the 'Yes' button to confirm that you want to change your default orientation to landscape.

Tips for using Word for work or education-related documents

Here are some additional tips to improve your workflow as you create documents for education or work purposes in Word:

Explore other document enhancement options

Word includes numerous visual features that you can use to enhance your documents in addition to page layouts and formatting. You can add page borders, Word art and pictures. Consider exploring the tabs within the Word programme to learn how to apply these effects. Knowing what each feature offers can make it easier for you to understand what tools to use in your documents in future.

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Keep your document simple

Word offers various features that can enhance the uniqueness and readability of your content. When using these features, be selective as to how many you use in one document. Using multiple effects can detract from your intended message. Consider using select, well-placed graphics or a single effect to emphasise your content. Making one page in the document landscape can be one such effect.

Observe standard formatting guidance

When writing a professional document, such as a work report or CV, consider using standard formatting suggestions. For example, many organisations prefer documents formatted with one-inch margins and size 12 fonts. Adhering to standard formatting can help make your document easy to read and give it a professional appearance.

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Track changes

Word offers an easy editing feature if you want to monitor changes to an original document. This feature is 'Track Changes'. The changes appear in a different colour from your document, making it easier to differentiate the old content from the new. Proofreaders can benefit from this feature. Here are the steps to take to use this feature:

  1. From the main menu option at the top of your Word document, select the 'Review' tab.

  2. From the drop-down menu, select the 'Track Changes' option. This feature appears as an icon of a page with a pen and red edits.

  3. Choose the first option from the 'Track Changes' drop-down menu, which is 'Track Changes'. This allows you to see the edits you make in the document.

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Learn how to use keyboard options

Creating a document can be easier and quicker when you learn to use keyboard shortcuts. These shortcuts allow you to focus on your writing rather than on formatting, which helps improve your productivity. Some of the shortcuts include ‘Ctrl +s' to save a document, ‘Esc' to cancel and ‘Ctrl +z' to undo an action.

Create notes for yourself

You can consider creating comments to help you remember to edit as you write. For example, if you're unsure about something you write, insert a comment to help you remember to confirm that statement. You may also add comments if you would like to format a specific part of your content so that you can easily recall it. To place comments, select the text where you want to put the comment and click on the 'New Comment' tab.

Importance of creating visually appealing content

In most cases, people use the landscape format to improve the visual appeal of their documents. This is because it gives you enough space to insert a graph, chart or illustrations that are too wide for a portrait orientation. Here are some of the benefits of creating content that's visually appealing to your readers:

  • It helps attract attention to your content.

  • It differentiates your content, making it easy for your readers to remember it. This is especially important if you're creating marketing tools such as flyers or posters.

  • It makes your document easily readable.

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