How to Change a Document From Portrait to Landscape in Word

Microsoft Word, the word processing component of every version of the Microsoft Office Suite, offers the ability to create more than just a page of words. With templates to help you create certificates, party fliers, reunion posters, brochures and banners, Word can put your word processing in a new perspective. Part of that perspective may involve orienting your documents in a nontraditional format on the screen, such as landscape, where your page is wider than it is long, rather than the more common portrait orientation.

Open Microsoft Word, click the “File” tab and click “Open.” Browse the file list to find the document to change into landscape orientation and double-click the file name. The document opens in a new Word window.

Click the “Page Layout” tab at the top of the screen. Click the “Orientation” button directly below it on the toolbar/ribbon.

Click the “Landscape” menu option and the document automatically changes to landscape.

Click the “File” tab, click “Save As” and type a new name for the document to preserve the original or save it with the same name to overwrite the original.