How to Make Just One Page Landscape in Word

Working with Microsoft Word is normally typical behavior if you are a Windows OS user. You’ve probably noticed that the page orientation is automatically set to portrait when opening a new document. The format works well for text, but landscape mode is better suited if you need to add images or charts.

Fortunately, text formatting in Microsoft Word is not particularly complicated. However, changing the default layout on individual pages requires a few extra steps. This article will show you how to display only one page in Word in landscape mode.

How to Make a One Page Appear in Landscape Mode in Word 2010

When Microsoft released Office 2010, an updated version of Office 2007, it received rave reviews. Users were very happy with the improvements to MS Word. The most welcome change was the reintroduction of the “File” menu, ie the Backstage view, a central location for managing your files (save, open, print, select layouts, etc.).

Previous versions also had a few editing issues that were fixed with the 2010 upgrade. The new features provided a better understanding of the formatting tools. For the first time, specific layout issues were also addressed, such as the use of ligatures – joining two letters (ie æ) together.

As for the page orientation, the portrait layout is more elongated and therefore very suitable for text files. However, if you plan to include charts, columns, or large images, you should switch to landscape mode. That way, your pages appear wider and can contain large files.

Of course you can switch back and forth between the two orientations. You can use portrait mode for most pages if you don’t have too many additions to your text. Those that include insertions, however, need landscaping. Here’s how to change a page to landscape format in Word 2010 using Section Breaks.

  1. Click on your Word document to open it.
  2. Go to the top of your page you want to switch to landscape. For example, if you want to change the layout on “page 4”, scroll to the beginning and click there.
  3. Then select the “Page Layout” tab in the ribbon menu and click “Pauses.”
  4. To elect “Next page” from the drop-down menu.
  5. Open “Page Layout” and go to “orientation”, then select “Landscape.”
  6. Open the “Home” tab again to enable paragraph marks. Click on “Show/Hide Paragraph Marks”, ie the “¶” symbol. That will give you an overview of the section break you created.
  7. Then you now need to create another section break. Scroll to the top of the next page. In this case it’s ‘page 5’.
  8. Repeat “step 3-4” to create a new section break. Then open the “Orientation” tab again, but this time select “Portrait.”

Once done, everything between the section breaks uses the landscape layout. Don’t forget to change the orientation to portrait after the second section break. Otherwise, the next page is also landscape.

How to Make One Page Appear in Landscape Mode in Word 2016

Microsoft Office 2016 is the last version to support older Windows operating systems such as Windows 7 and 8. This compatibility includes previous editions of MS Office, specifically 2003, 2007 and 2010. Like its predecessors, it introduced several upgrades to Office products.

Many upgrades have been made especially for the new MS Word. Aside from the updated interface, users applauded the new collaboration features that Microsoft Word 2016 integrated, including online storage platforms such as OneDrive. In addition, Microsoft has added a new search function for locating specific commands.

As for changing the page orientation, nothing has changed in Word 2016. Just repeat the method from the 2010 issue. You can create a single page landscape using the “Section Break” function under the “Page Layout” tab.

However, if you want to avoid manually adding section breaks to your document, there is another way.

How to set one page in landscape mode in Word 2016 with “Page Setup”.

  1. Highlight the content you want to display in landscape mode.
  2. Click on the “Layout” tab in the ribbon menu at the top.
  3. Now go to the “Page Settings” section, which is the little arrow icon in the lower right corner.
  4. Then, under ‘Orientation’, click the box that says “Landscape.”
  5. Click the at the bottom of the section “Apply to” drop-down menu, then choose “Selected Text,” and confirm by clicking “OKAY.”

The highlighted part of your document appears on a new/different page with landscape orientation. This method is slightly easier than implementing section breaks, because you don’t have to manually add them to your document like Word/Office 2010. Microsoft Word does it for you.

How to Make One Page Appear in Landscape Mode in Word 2019

If you are wondering how to set one page in landscape mode in Word 2019, there is nothing different from earlier Word versions. You can use the same two methods from the 2016 and 2010 releases, meaning you can add section breaks yourself or let the program do it for you via ‘Page Setup’.

  1. Highlight all content on the page(s) you want to display in landscape format.
  2. Select the “Layout” tab. In the “Page Setup” section, click the “to expand” icon or select “Margins” followed by “Adjusted Margins.”
  3. In the “Page Setup” menu, go to the “Orientation” section and select “Landscape.” Don’t click still on “OK”.
  4. In the ‘Apply to:’ section, click the “drop” icon, then choose “Selected text.”
  5. Now you can select: “OKAY.”
  6. Your previously selected page(s) should now appear in landscape format.

If you are wondering if the process is different for MAC laptops, it is not. Since its first release in 1983, MS Word has become available for many other platforms. Almost every text formatting feature is available for Apple.

As for page orientation, the process is the same for macOS and Windows.


Finally, Microsoft Word is considered one of the most popular word processors worldwide. MS Word works with different platforms, mainly because of its user-friendly interface and useful features. Making one or more pages appear in landscape format is easy, especially with Word 2016 and newer versions that add the page automatically.

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