How to change page orientation in Microsoft Word

Updated: 04/12/2021 by Computer Hope
Microsoft Word

In Microsoft Word, you can set the page orientation to portrait or landscape for the entire document or a single page. The orientation choice usually depends on the content in the document or on a page, including text and images.

To learn how to change the page orientation for your entire document or a page in your document, select the appropriate link below.

Change orientation for entire document

To change the page orientation for an entire document, follow the steps below.

  1. With the Word document open, click the Layout tab in the Ribbon.
  2. In the Page Setup section, click the Orientation option.
  3. Click the Portrait or Landscape option. Portrait is usually selected by default.

Change page orientation for entire document in Microsoft Word

Change orientation for a single page

To change the page orientation for a single page in the document, follow the steps below.

  1. With the Word document open, go to the page where you want to change the orientation.
  2. Highlight the content on the page, including text and images. The highlighted content is what Microsoft Word sets to the different orientation.
  1. With the content still highlighted, click the Layout tab in the Ribbon.
  2. In the Page Setup section, click the little icon with an arrow pointing down and to the right.

Open Page Setup window in Microsoft Word

  1. In the Page Setup window that opens, under Orientation, click the Portrait or Landscape option.
  2. Under Preview, click the Apply to drop-down list and select the Selected text option.
  3. Click OK to change the page orientation for the highlighted content and page.

Change page orientation for a page in Microsoft Word