If you are a Windows operating system user, you are undoubtedly used to working with Microsoft Word. When opening a new document, you've probably noticed that the page orientation is automatically set to Portrait. The format works well for text, but if you need to add an image or graphic, Landscape is much better.
Fortunately, formatting text in Microsoft Word isn't particularly complicated. But changing the default layout on individual pages requires a few extra steps. In this article, we will show you how to create a single-page landscape in Word.
How to Create a One Page Landscape in Word 2010
When Microsoft released Office 2010, an updated version of Office 2007, it was met with rave reviews. Users were particularly pleased with the improvements made to MS Word. The most appreciated change was the reintroduction of the File menu, i.e. the Backstage view.
Previous versions also had some editing issues which were resolved with the 2010 upgrade. The new features provide better understanding of the formatting tools. Some layout issues were also addressed for the very first time. This refers to the use of ligatures – the joining of two letters (eg; æ), in particular.
When it comes to changing the page orientation in your Word document, there are two options. The portrait layout is more elongated and therefore well suited to text files. However, if you plan to embed charts, columns, or large images, you should switch to Landscape mode. This way, your pages will be much larger and able to accommodate large file sizes.
Naturally, you can go back and forth between the two. If you don't have a lot of additions to your text, you can use Portrait for most pages. Those that contain inserts, however, require Landscape. Here's how to create a one-page landscape in Word 2010 using section breaks:
- Click on your Word document to open it.
- Go to the top of the page you wish to landscape. This means that if you want to change the layout of page 4, scroll to the beginning and click there.
- Locate "Layout" in the ribbon menu and press "Breaks".
- Select "Next Page" from the drop-down menu.
- Open “Page Layout” and go to “Orientation”. Select “Landscape”.
- Reopen the "Home" tab to enable paragraph marks. Click on "Show/Hide Paragraph Marks", i.e. the ¶ symbol. This gives you a preview of the section break you created.
- Now you need to create another section break. Scroll to the beginning of the next page (in this case, page 5).
- Repeat steps 3-4 to create a new section break.
- Open the “Orientation” tab again, but this time select “Portrait”.
Once you're done, everything between the two section breaks will now have a Landscape layout. Don't forget to change the orientation back to Portrait after the second section break. Otherwise, the next page will also be Landscape.
How to Create a One Page Landscape in Word 2016
Microsoft Office 2016 is the latest version that supports older Windows operating systems, such as Windows 7 and 8. This includes older editions of MS Office, especially 2003, 2007, and 2010. Just like its predecessors, it has introduces several Office product upgrades.
Many upgrades have been made specifically for the new MS Word. Along with the updated interface, users applauded the new collaboration features. Integration with online storage platforms such as OneDrive has also been perfected in this release. Additionally, Microsoft has added a new search tool to locate specific commands.
Regarding the page orientation change, nothing has changed. Just repeat the 2010 slice method. You can create a single Landscape page using the Section Break feature under the Layout tab.
However, if you want to avoid manually adding section breaks to your document, there is another way. Here's how to create a one-page landscape in Word 2016 using page layout:
- Highlight the content you want to create in landscape.
- Navigate to "Layout" in the ribbon menu above.
- Navigate to the "Layout" section. Find the small arrow icon in the bottom right corner.
- Look for the "Orientation" options. Click on the box that says "Landscape."
- At the bottom of the section, click "Apply to" to open a drop-down menu. Then click on "Selected text" and confirm with "OK".
The highlighted part of your document will now appear on a different page with landscape orientation. This method is slightly easier because you don't need to manually add section breaks to your document. Microsoft Word will do this for you.
How to Create a One Page Landscape in Word 2022
The 2022 update brought significant changes to MS Office graphics and introduced new features. MS Word has been upgraded with the addition of "Learning Tools" to the ribbon menu. The most notable tool is “Read Aloud” – the option to have you read your document.
If you're wondering how to create a one-page landscape in Word 2022, again, nothing is different. You can use the same two methods from the 2016 and 2010 versions. This means that you can either add section breaks yourself or let the program do it for you through the page setup.
How to Create an All Pages Landscape in Word
Landscape works best for documents that include tables of contents, data representation, and large image files. The layout is wider than Portrait, which means you can add more columns to your spreadsheets and use high-resolution photos.
It's much easier to change the orientation on all pages, instead of just one. Here's how to create all landscape pages in Word:
- Navigate to the "Layout" section in the ribbon menu.
- Click on “Orientation”.
- Select “Landscape”.
Now your whole document will be formatted in landscape. This way you will have extra space for your files and can include more information.
If you're wondering if the process is different for MAC laptops, don't worry. Since its initial release in 1983, MS Word has been successfully applied to many other platforms. Almost all text formatting features are also available for Apple users.
When it comes to page orientation, the process is the same for macOS as it is for Windows operating systems.
How to Format Microsoft Word Documents
Each MS Word version includes a selection of advanced text formatting features. The ability to change the orientation of individual pages is just one of its useful features.
Of course, you will use different tools for different types of documents. The interface is well organized and quite self-explanatory. In general, here's how to format Microsoft Word documents:
- Highlight the text you want to format. You can select both single words and entire lines.
- Explore the ribbon menu above the workspace.
- Select an option.
The ribbon menu is divided into sections with different types of functionality. For example, if you want to change the page orientation, click on the “Page Layout” bar. Then you can proceed with the steps mentioned in the previous paragraphs.
How to Create a One Page Landscape in Google Docs
In terms of popularity, the only file editor that could rival MS Word is Google Docs. If you are more of a Google user, you know that individual page formatting is also available.
The process is similar to MS Word formatting, with some slight differences. Here's how to create a one-page landscape in Google Docs using section breaks:
- Open Google Docs on your browser and find your file.
- Click where you want to add a section break.
- Look for "Insert" in the menu bar above. Click it and select Break > Section Break.
- Go to “File” and click on “Page Setup”. Go to “Page Orientation”.
- A small window will open. Under "Apply to", choose "This section".
- Change the orientation to "Landscape".
- To confirm.
As with MS Word, it is possible to make all the pages in Landscape. Here's how:
- Find the Google Docs document you want to format.
- At the top of the page, there is a menu bar. Click on “File”.
- Select "Layout" to open a context menu.
- Under 'Orientation', check the small circle next to 'Landscape'.
- Confirm with "OK".
You can also do this using section breaks. Follow the same steps except #5. Instead of selecting “This section”, click on “This section forward” and the following pages will also be in landscape.
There are no spots on this landscape
Microsoft Word is considered one of the most popular word processors in the world. Due to its user-friendly interface and many cool features, it can be found on a wide range of platforms.
An integral part of MS Office software, Word is regularly updated every few years. However, regardless of the version, making a Landscape page in your document is always the same. You have two options: create section breaks manually or let Word do it for you.
Changing the orientation of an individual page is also possible in Google Docs. It's just as easy, and there's also the ability to change the orientation of multiple sections.
Did you know how to format the layout before that? When and why do you use landscape orientation? Comment below and let us know if you have another way to do this.