Create a Landscape Page in a Portrait Document

To accommodate a very wide table or picture, turn its page(s) sideways within a document. All you have to do is insert section breaks before and after the content, then select landscape orientation for those pages.

In this example, the middle page has be set to landscape orientation using the steps below.

How to Rotate a Page

To turn a page horizontal (landscape), first isolate that page with a section break before and after it.

  1. Place the cursor at the start of the content (page) you want to rotate.
  2. Open the Layout ribbon and click the Breaks button.
  3. Select Next Page from the Section Breaks list.
  4. Place the cursor at the end of the content (page) you want to rotate.
  5. Repeat steps 2–3.

This works for multiple pages too!

Now place the cursor anywhere on the page(s) you’ve bounded by Next Page section breaks. Click the Orientation button on the Layout ribbon and select Landscape. The effect will show onscreen immediately!


To see the section breaks (seen in the top image), click the pilcrow on the Home ribbon to reveal the non-printing characters.

If a line nearly touches the margin, the Section Break mark can get so small that it’s impossible to see. Try typing a hard return to put it on its own line just so you can find it, or search for a section break using in the Find tool.

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