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How to Create a Landscape Page in a Portrait-Oriented Word Document

Sometimes, you need to stick a landscape oriented page in the middle of a portrait-oriented Word document– a spreadsheet, chart, or wide image, possibly. Here’s how to do that, and how to keep your page numbering undamaged when you do.

Create a Landscape Page in a Portrait-Oriented Word Document

Word files are portrait-oriented by default, which makes sense. Occasionally, you’ll wish to include one or more landscape-orientated pages. Regrettably, you can’t just tell Word to reorient the page. Word’s page layout includes apply to entire sections of the document, and by default, your file is one large section.

So initially, you’ll need to develop a separate section in the document (even if it’s simply for one page), and after that you’ll require to change the page design for that brand-new section to landscape orientation. Here’s how.

In your document, location your cursor at the very end of the page right prior to the page that you wish to be landscape-oriented. We’re presuming that you’ve already got the page you wish to be landscape oriented in your document. If you don’t, that’s alright, too. You can create the area first, and then insert the page if you want.

For instance, if you desire page 31 to be landscape-oriented, place your cursor at the end of page 30.

Next, change to the “Layout” tab on the Word Ribbon.

On the Layout tab, click the “Breaks” button, and then pick the “Next Page” option on the dropdown menu.

While it’s not apparent, the action you simply took developed a section break where your cursor was placed, and started your brand-new area on the next page. You will notice that an extra space was added at the top of the page that you are re-orienting. Don’t fret! That’s supposed to happen.

Your cursor must now be at the top of the page in your new section– the page you’re changing from picture to landscape.

Go back to the “Layout” tab. This time, click the “Orientation” button, and after that click the “Landscape” option.

You now have effectively changed your brand-new area to landscape mode. Nevertheless, if you scroll through your file, you’ll discover that all the pages following that area break you created are now in landscape mode. As you may guess, you now need to produce another section break, and after that return the rest of the file to portrait mode. This works basically the like what you simply did.

Put your cursor at the end of last page you wish to remain in landscape mode– to put it simply, right prior to the very first page you wish to change back to picture mode.

On the “Layout” tab, click the “Breaks” button, and then select the “Next Page” choice.

Your cursor ought to end up on the very first page of the new area– the page where you want to start picture mode again.

On “Layouts” tab, click the “Orientation” button, and then click the “Portrait” choice.

Now, if you scroll through your document, you must see the switch to landscape orientation just on the page(s) where you want it.

Repair Broken Page Numbers

Now that you’ve developed a new area in your document, it’s possible that any existing page numbers got messed up. That’s due to the fact that Word generally defaults to beginning over page numbering in each brand-new section. It’s absolutely nothing to worry about, though! The fix is easy.

Double-click in the footer or header area (depending upon where you put page numbers) of any page in your brand-new section where the page numbering is off. This just triggers the header/footer locations so you can make changes.

Right click the incorrect page number, and then select the “Format Page Numbers” alternative from the context menu.

In the Page Number Format window, pick the “Continue From Previous Section” option.

That must fix the page numbers in that area. Now, all you have do is go to the next area– where you switch back to picture mode– and fix the page numbers for that section in the precise same method.

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