How to change orientation of one page in Word

Word 2016
Page orientation defines the direction for printing or displaying the document in Word, but one does not have to be the same for the entire document. Usually, the whole article, paper, or report is printed in the Portrait mode, but for a page with the big table, it is more convenient to use the Landscape mode. On the Layout tab in the Page Setup group, you can easily change the page orientation both for the entire document and for a single page. Microsoft Word inserts sections breaks before and after the selected page, and you can add more pages to this section later.

To change the page orientation for whole document Word, on the Layout tab, in the Page Setup group, click Orientation:

Page Orientation in Word 365

From the Orientation dropdown list, choose the orientation you need:

Portrait or Landscape Orientation in Word 365

To change the orientation of one page, or a few pages of the document, do the following:

   1.   Select the text of the page or of the several pages for which you want to change the page orientation.

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

Page Margins in Word 365

Select Custom Margins... from the Margins dropdown list:

Custom Margins in Word 365

   3.   In the Page Setup dialog box, on the Margins tab:

  • In the Orientation group, choose Portrait or Landscape orientation,
  • In the Apply to list, choose Selected text:
Page Setup in Word 365

   4.   Click OK.


  • Microsoft Word automatically inserts section breaks before and after the text that has the new page orientation. If you write a book or a long report and your document is already divided into sections, you can click in the section (or select multiple sections), and then change the orientation only for the sections that you have chosen:
Orientation of one page in Word 365
  • The option Selected text in the Apply to list appears only if there is selected text in the document.

See also this tip in French: Comment changer l'orientation d'une page dans Word.

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