Landscape mode

Updated: 10/11/2021 by Computer Hope
Landscape paper mode

Landscape mode may refer to any of the following:

1. When referring to graphics or printing, landscape mode is a horizontal orientation of a document or image. Landscape mode is commonly used to print charts, wider images, and text that may not fit properly if the page is oriented in portrait mode (vertically).

Pictured is an example of printer options where the user can choose how the printing should be oriented. The top selection is portrait (vertical) orientation, which is taller than it is wide. The bottom selection is landscape (horizontal) orientation, which is wider than it is tall.

Most software offers a "page setup" option in the file menu, document settings, or preferences, where orientation can be chosen.

Landscape mode - in Page Setup or on Page Layout tab

2. When referring to a smartphone or tablet, landscape mode is when you hold your device horizontally. The image below shows a smartphone in landscape mode.

Smartphone in landscape orientation

3. When referring to computer monitors, landscape mode refers to most new models that are longer horizontally than they are vertically. The image below shows a landscape-oriented monitor. While the picture on the monitor defaults to landscape mode, it can be flipped to portrait mode in the monitor settings, if desired.

Widescreen landscape monitor

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