How to Format Part of a Document in an Orientation Different From the Rest in Microsoft Word

By Kathryn Hatashita-Lee

Microsoft Word can save two or more layout orientations in one document.
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Microsoft Word enables you to change the page layout of selected sections of your business document to suit the content’s dimensions. For example, if a chart contains a long horizontal axis, rotating the page orientation from a portrait to a landscape layout will include more horizontal space to resize the chart for better readability. Adjusting the orientation for a selected section will keep the remaining layout intact. Your saved document will contain two layouts to help you present your research to your clients.

Click and drag to select the section you want to rotate from portrait to landscape or vice versa. If the page includes a chart, click inside the chart to select.

Click the “Page Layout” tab on the command ribbon, and then click the Page Setup “Dialog Box Launcher.”

Click the “Margins” tab to display the sections, such as Orientation. Click “Portrait” for a vertical format or “Landscape” for a horizontal format. The Preview window displays the selected format. For other formatting changes, the Pages section includes the Multiple Pages drop-down list, with options such as Normal and Mirror Margins.

Click the “Apply to:” drop-down menu, and then click “Selected text.” If the page contains a highlighted section with text and a graphic element, such as a chart, for example, click "Selected sections" followed by "OK." The selected text, plus section breaks before and after the text, will display in the new layout. The text that was not selected remains in the old layout.

Save these changes.


Information in this article applies to Windows 8 Pro and Microsoft Word 2013 Home and Business. It may vary slightly or significantly with other versions or products.