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OpenOffice Writer User Guide
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Changing page orientation within a document

A document can contain pages in more than one orientation. A common scenario is to have a landscape page in the middle of a document, whereas the other pages are in a portrait orientation. Here are the steps to achieve it.

Setting up a landscape page style

  1. Note the page style that is current and the margin settings. (You can find the margin settings on the Page page of the Page Style dialog box, as shown in Figure 83.)

  2. Create a new style. (Right-click on the current page style in the Styles and Formatting window and choose New, as shown in Figure 81.)


  1. On the Organizer page of the Page Style dialog box (Figure 82), name (by typing in the Name field) this new style Landscape and set the Next Style property to Landscape (to allow for having more than one sequential landscape page).


  1. On the Page page of the Page Style dialog box (Figure 83), set the Orientation to Landscape. The width and height attributes of the page will automatically change.

  2. Change the margins so that they correspond with the margins of the portrait page. That is, the portrait top margin becomes the landscape left margin, and so on.

  3. Click OK to save the changes.


Inserting a landscape page into a portrait document

Now that you have defined the Landscape page style, here is how to apply it.

  1. Position the cursor in the paragraph or table at the start of the page that is to be set to landscape. Right-click and choose Paragraph or Table, respectively, in the pop-up menu.

  2. On the Text Flow page of the Paragraph dialog box (Figure 84) or the Table Format dialog box (Figure 85), select Insert (or Break for a table) and With Page Style. Set the Page Style property to Landscape. Click OK to close the dialog box and to apply the new page style.



  1. Position the cursor in the paragraph or table where the page is to return to portrait orientation and change the properties of that paragraph or table properties so that With Page Style is the portrait page style that was used before the Landscape page style.

  2. Click OK to return to the previous portrait page style.


If you need the headers or footers on the landscape pages to be in portrait orientation, see “Portrait headers on landscape pages†on page 105.

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