In your academic work you may sometimes want to insert a landscape page into a portrait document. You may have a wide table or image that wouldn’t fit properly in portrait orientation without looking squashed. Luckily it’s very easy to insert a landscape page in Microsoft Word, and is done through using section breaks.

Insert section breaks

To be able to apply landscape orientation to just one page (rather than the whole document), you need to separate the page from the rest of the document using section breaks. Insert two section breaks into your document – one at the end of the preceding portrait page and one at the end of the page you want to be in landscape orientation.

To insert a section break, move the cursor where you want the section break to go. Go to the Page Layout tab, move to the Page Setup group and click Breaks. Select Next Page from the drop-down menu.

Insert next page breaks in a word document

This adds a Next Page section break into your document.

Next page break above landscape page

Move your cursor to the end of the page you want to be in landscape orientation, and repeat the above step to add another section break.

Next page break below landscape page

Change from Portrait to Landscape orientation

Place the cursor anywhere between the two section breaks. Then again go to the Page Layout tab, move to the Page Setup group, and this time click Orientation. Select Landscape from the drop-down menu.

Change from Portrait to Landscape orientation

The portrait page then changes into landscape orientation.

Landscape orientation

That’s all you have to do. It’s really easy to learn how to do this and wide tables or images will look a lot better in your documents, as in the above image.

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