How to Insert a Landscape Page Into a Portrait Document in Word

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Page orientation in Word can become important if the content of your document requires something other than straight text. Pictures or other visual items like graphs or charts may need more space than what's allowed with standard portrait (vertical) orientation.

Yet, while it's easy to change the orientation of an entire Microsoft Word document, it's less so when you only want to do it with one or a few pages. It is possible, though. You can insert a landscape-oriented (horizontal) section into a document with pages that are all in portrait orientation or vice-versa.

Person setting Landscape view in Word
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There are two ways to perform this action in Word, by inserting section breaks manually at the top and the bottom of the section that you want in the opposite orientation or by selecting text and allowing Word to insert the new sections for you.

This article applies to Word 2019, Word 2016, Word 2013, Word 2010, and Word for Office 365.

Manually Insert Section Breaks

Here's how to tell Microsoft Word where to change the orientation.

  1. In your document, place your cursor before the area where the pages should rotate. On the ribbon, select Layout.

    MS Word document with too-large picture
  2. In the Page Setup group, select Breaks > Next Page.

    MS Word with Page Breaks menu displayed
  3. Move your cursor to the end of the area you want to rotate and repeat the steps above. Then, place your cursor in the area you want to rotate.

  4. In the Page Setup group, select the Page Setup dialog box launcher (the small arrow in the lower-right corner of the group).

    MS Word with the Page Setup dialog box launcher selected
  5. In the Page Setup dialog box, select the Margins tab.

    MS Word with Page Setup dialog box displayed
  6. In the Orientation section, select the orientation you want the section to have, Portrait or Landscape. Toward the bottom of the dialog box, in the Apply to dropdown menu, select This section. Select OK.

    MS Word with Page Setup dialog box displayed
  7. The selected section now reflects the orientation you chose.

    MS Word with picture on a landscape-oriented page

Let Word Do It For You

You'll save mouse clicks if you let Word insert the section breaks for you. However, when you use this method, the breaks may not end up exactly where you want them. So, make sure you're careful when selecting the elements (paragraphs, images, tables, etc.) you want in the new layout orientation. 

  1. Select all the text, images, and pages that you want to switch to the new orientation.

    MS Word document with some content highlighted
  2. On the ribbon, select Layout. In the Page Setup group, select the Page Setup dialog box launcher (the small arrow in the lower-right corner of the group).

    MS Word with Page Setup dialog box launcher selected
  3. In the Page Setup dialog box, select the Margins tab.

    MS Word with Page Setup dialog box displayed
  4. In the Orientation section, select the orientation you want the section to have, Portrait or Landscape. In the Preview section, in the Apply to dropdown menu, choose Selected text. Select OK.

    MS Word with Page Setup dialog box displayed
  5. The selected section now reflects the orientation you chose.

You may need to perform some formatting adjustments to make the text look the way you want in the new orientation.

MS Word with section of text in new orientation