Having Portrait and Landscape Pages in Microsoft Word For Macintosh

Example Word Doc With Portrait and Landscape Pages


There are plenty of hints out there for Office 2007 and Office 2008 works very much the same way, but wanted to have something out there for people if they do a search for it so here goes.

1. Create a new document or go into your existing word document in Microsoft Office Word 2008.

2. Insert a ‘Section Break (Next Page)’ from the Insert Menu.

3. Move your cursor into the page area after the section break you just inserted. Go to Page Setup (File > Page Setup)

Page Setup After The Insert Section Break


Make sure the ‘Settings’ pop-up is ‘Page Attributes’ which will keep the orientation setting locked to the specific break of the page. To get it back to portrait on the next page, go in after and insert another section break and change the orientation back to portrait.

Hope this helps. This is something I get a request for every year or two and forget, so this blog post is more of a reminder for me than anything else.

39 Replies to “Having Portrait and Landscape Pages in Microsoft Word For Macintosh”

  1. I had spent ages following other suggestions on the web…none that worked. Your instructions are so clear and worked immediately. You have really helped me. I am so grateful, thank you.

  2. This doesn’t work! I want to create a wider page for a table. (I understand how to print out landscape mode, that’s no problem, but that’s not what I want to do.) I’ve tried both Word 2008 and 2011. When I paste my table into the new page I’ve created as per your kind instruction and try to pull out the right hand grid line it just springs back again as though I still had an A4 page. Thank you.

    1. Sorry it didn’t work for you. Perhaps the table you are pasting is carrying some addition section formatting? Try pasting the table into a new word doc then change the page setup to landscape then copy/pasting that into the document with the single landscape section as detailed here.

  3. SUPER work around! Thank you so much for this tip. It is absolutely moronic that something so simple can be found virtually nowhere on the web, nor to the idiots who actually make the software don’t figure “duhhh, maybe someone, somewhere, someday MIGHT want just one page of their document in landscape without the entire thing being landscape.” Thanks again, you’re a life saver!

  4. Page orientation worked great–went from portrait to landscape to insert table pdfs, then back to portrait.

    But NOW the page numbers re-set to (1) in the landscape section.


    1. Maybe you already figured it out but here’s a tip!

      You need to tell Word that the page numbering should continue from the last Section. I have Word in Swedish so unsure of exactly how it’s worded in English but double-click to open the Footer (or Header, depending on where you have your page number) so you can see the options for page numbering. You should tick a box that says something like “Link to previous”. This means the page numbering is linked to the previous section and should continue. You need to repeat this for each new section you make.

  5. I have spent sooo much time trying to figure out how to do this and getting seriously mad with my computer. Thank you so much – very useful information and it worked exactly as you said. Legendary!

  6. Thank you for your comments.

    This initially did not work for me, but when inserting the break, instead of inserting “Page Break” I went to “Insert” then “Break” I then selected “Section Break (Next Page)” and I got it working this way, hope this works for others too.

  7. Hi. Thanks for the advice!
    I can make one page rotate as described, but then the page numbers on the page rotated and the next one disappears. Can I avoid this annoying feature?

  8. Thank you so much. I have been trying to figure this out forever and have tried many other suggestions, only leading to frustration. Seems so easy now!!

  9. Hi Jonathan, I have tired this in my Microsoft word for Macs and my problem is that I can not get just one page to stick in the orientation I wish for it to stick to.
    When I go via File<Page Set-up etc etc it changes the whole document!
    I have tried numerous ways to figure it out bu to no avail. Any thoughts?

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