How to use different page orientations inside one document

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Sometimes page orientation for a particular page has to be different from the rest of the document. E.g., usually the whole document has the Portrait orientation, but for a page with the big table it is more convenient to use the Landscape orientation.

To change a page orientation, follow these steps:

   1.   Select pages or paragraphs that you want to change to Portrait or Landscape orientation.

   2.   On the Layout tab, in the Page Setup group, click Margins.

Margins Word 2016

   3.   Click Custom Margins..., in the bottom of the list.

   4.   In the Page Setup dialog box, on the Margins tab, choose Portrait or Landscape orientation.

   5.   In the Apply to list, choose Selected text:

Page setup in Word 2016

   6.   Click OK.


  • Microsoft Word automatically inserts section breaks before and after the text that has the new page orientation. If your document is already divided into sections, you can click in a section (or select multiple sections), and then change the orientation only for the sections that you have selected.
    Different page orientations example Word 2016
  • To have an option Selected text you need to have a selected text in your document.

See also this tip in French: Comment utiliser des orientations différentes dans le même document.

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