How to change my printer from Portrait to Landscape mode

Updated: 03/01/2018 by Computer Hope

By default, many printers are set to print in Portrait mode. Changing this setting to Landscape mode can be done one of the two ways mentioned below.

Change mode in Page Setup

In programs like Microsoft Word, Excel, Internet Explorer, or other programs you can print from, the page orientation can be changed in the Page Setup section of the program.

Microsoft Office 2007 and later programs

In the Ribbon menu bar, click the Layout or Page Layout tab. In the Page Setup section, click the Orientation option and select Landscape.

Orientation option in MS Word

Microsoft Office 2003 and earlier programs, Internet browsers

Open the Page Setup or Preferences option after clicking Print and change the page layout to Landscape. Once changed, you can view the print preview to confirm if Landscape mode is being used.

Microsoft Word page setup

Change mode in printer settings

You can also change the between Landscape and Portrait mode in the printer settings. Access the printer settings by following the steps below.

  1. Open the Control Panel and then the Devices and Printers option.
  2. Find your printer in the Devices and Printers window and right-click the icon with your mouse.
  3. In the menu that appears, select Printing Preferences and find the option for Orientation in the preferences window.
  4. Change the option to Landscape to set the printer to landscape mode as a default.

If you change the mode through printer settings, the printer will use the mode you choose as the default mode. In other words, if you change the printer to landscape mode all programs will print in landscape mode instead of portrait.

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