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I have a portrait page with headers and footers. I have a table which needs to be in landscape orientation due to space constraints. How do I do that?

I actually need the table to be landscape and the header/footer to be portrait.

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To make a single page have landscape orientation, you must break your document into sections.

Go to where you want to have the page with landscape. Then do the following

  • in the ribbon select Page Layout
  • click on Breaks and in Section Breaks select Next Page
  • go to next page, click on Orientation and select Landscape - this will make document from this point forward have landscape orientation
  • go to the end of this page and repeat above procedure (insert section break, move to next section and select portrait orientation)

Here is a page explaining it in detail with pictures.

A simpler way to do this is:

  1. type some text (it can be as little as a space character),
  2. select it,
  3. open the “Page Setup” dialog box,
  4. go to the “Margins” tab (it should start there by default),
  5. click “Landscape” under “Orientation”,
  6. choose “Selected text” from the “Apply to” drop-down menu,
  7. and click “OK”.

(This creates the section breaks for you.)

Regarding the added question information, if I understand correctly you actually want to have portrait oriented header / footer on landscape page.

For example to add page number in portrait orientation you can do following

  • create sections with orientation as described above
  • go to landscape page where you will position your table
  • double click in footer to start editing
  • go to footer, in Header and Footer Tools disable "Link to previous"
  • click on Page Number button and in Page Margins select position you want
  • with the inserted page number selected go to Home tab and select correct justification for text
  • move the text box containing page number if it's not in correct position

If you have some more complex information in header and footer you will probably need to play a bit with adding text box in right and left sides of the page, entering the data in the box then changing text direction in Text Box Tools.

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+1 much better than my answer! 8-) – Richard Sep 24 '10 at 6:42
See my edited question above with more details. – Kit Sep 26 '10 at 23:16
You mean you want to rotate table by 90 degrees? – T. Kaltnekar Sep 27 '10 at 6:00
Yes, the table should be 90 degrees. – Kit Sep 27 '10 at 13:49
Don't know how to rotate whole table, what you can do is rotate text (Table tools -> Layout -> Text direction) but that won't help much, if it's already an existing table. Another way would be to make it in excel then copy it and do special paste and paste it as image. You can then rotate the image. – T. Kaltnekar Sep 27 '10 at 20:57

Another way to do this is to

  1. Select and cut your table - on the landscape page
  2. Insert (draw) a text box large enough to hold your table
  3. Paste the table into the text box.
  4. Select the text box and use the rotation handle to rotate the box to portrait
  5. Change the page setup to portrait
  6. Drag (or set) the text box to the right position on the portrait page.
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It is possible to make a single page have a different orientation in Word, the other pages in your document would be portrait but you can alter the page setup for a single page to be landscape instead?

(Or at least this used to be possible, I've just tried to do it in Word 2010 and it doesn't seem to be easily possible)

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