Section Breaks 2 – Page orientation

Section Breaks, Part 2

Microsoft Word requires a section break when there is a change to page margins, orientation (portrait or landscape) or size, to footer contents or header contents.

How to set page orientation

Go to the Insert tab, Page Layout group, and select the dialog box launcher at the bottom-right of the group.

The Page Setup dialog box launcher

To set page orientation, go to the Layout tab, Page Setup group, Orientation option, and select “Portrait” or “Landscape” from the dropdown list.

Layout - Page Setup - Orientation
Setting portrait or landscape orientation

Note: As the icons in the dropdown list above show, portrait pages are long and narrow, while landscape pages are wide and short.


  • Go here to find out how to insert a section break
  • Go here to find out how to set page margins
  • Go here to find out how to set paper size
  • Go here to find out how to set paper layout
  • Go here to find out how to make the page numbering continuous.

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