I have a word 2007 document in portrait mode. I have a table that is too wide to fit in 8.5" but would fit in 11". Is there a way to make just one page landscape? Or alternately is there a way to rotate a table 90 degrees?
In general, section breaks in Word are a good way to change any of the settings that you usually think of as global to your document. For example, you can use section breaks to change the way page numbers work in the middle of the document, to change margins, orientation, and more.
Here’s a method that works in Word 2010, but I don’t see a reason for it to not work in Word 2007.
Insert a text box (Insert > Text Box > Simple Text Box).
Delete the default text, and insert a table. You should resize the text box to suit.
When you’re done, click on the text box and you should get the normal box sizing controls including a green Rotation handle. Drag that rotation handle round in the direction you wish, and it’ll snap to a 90° angle.
Then right-click on the border, and choose More Layout Options… and in the Text Wrapping tab choose “In line with text”. The whole object should then behave nicely when the surrounding text changes.
Also, while you’re at it, go to Table Properties and indent from the left by a couple of mm, which should make the table sit nicely on the text box margins. Oh, and remove the text box border too.
I figured it out. You can copy the table in excel. Do a paste special with Transpose turned on. Then copy the transposed table over to Word. Finally, you can change the text orientation of the table to the text is rotated 90 degrees.
You want to rotate a table in word? its easy! :)
You can do teh following:
Copy your table, paste to Excel
Copy your data (table) in Excel
Go to new sheet, then right click, select Paste Special..., tick to select Transpose, ok
Insert new column at leftest(A), type 1,2,3,....(in column A)
Arrange table Descending by A (No header row, Z-A)
Delete Column A (we just inserted)
Copy data area (table), paste to Word (table will be chaos, don't worry)
Point to menu: Table\select\table, (to select table),>menu Edit\clear\format, >menu Format\text direction
Re-size cell for good looking
In my case I wanted to put the table on a 1-page document, with header and footer in portrait mode. So using sections was not an option.
Since the table was from Excel, I used paste-special and selected the Image option. As commented above, it does not allow editing within word, but gives the presentation quality I was looking for.
Print the table from Excel as a .pdf, then insert the .pdf as a photo. You can then position it as you would any other object (with a rotation function).
The downside is you can't edit the table in Word at this point, you have to go back to Excel, edit the table, and re-print to PDF, and then replace the image in Word.
Paul's instructions above were helpful, except it didn't just "orient" my table, it actually changed the location of my data within the table (my header was in the left column instead of in the top row). But I found a solution. After you "flip" the table, then revers the columns by inserting a temporary row at the top, numbering each cell 1, 2, 3, etc. Then Sort, with no header row, and choose the option to sort left to right instead of top to bottom. Then delete the numbered row you just created.
Past in your document, then re-format the text direction in the table menu.
IMHO, transpose is not similar to rotation. So the excel's transpose is unlikely the solution. I do prefer the use of different paper orientation by assigning a subset of the document (section) to different paper orientation. Eg. section 1-2 are portrait, section 3 is landscape, section 4 is portrait. You may put your wide table in section 3.
My problem with different orientation is when i use header and/or footer in my document. We can still produce footer and/or header in section 3 in a way such that when we print the whole document and stack all the paper in portrait direction, the footer and/or header of section 3 are at lower and upper (respectively) side of the paper face. However, i find difficulties in making header and/or footer of section 3 to be exactly similar (in size and position) with those of other sections.
FYI i often use table of 1 row and 2 columns (containing chapter title and page number) in footer.
What do you think ?
Have the cursor on the page before you want to start going to landscape. Then go to Page Layout-Margins. Then click on custom margins. Click on the orientation desired and then go to the bottom left in the
apply to and pick the area. Do not for get to change it back when you want to go back to Portrait.
the textbox approach may work better than the excel for complex tables, however, after turning 90 degrees, it sees a mirroring operation is required to maintain the top and leftmost edge relationship.
A bit late, but in Word 2013 you can do screenshot of the table and then reinsert it as a picture, then just rotate the image.
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