Word Tips

Mix landscape and portrait in a document

For newer versions of Word, see Managing complex figures.

Insert, Break, Section Break types, Next Page.

Do once before, and once after, the page(s) you want to put in landscape (for instance for large figures and tables).

File, Page Setup, and pick orientation.

If Apply to "This section", then each section can be different.



Hanging Indent

Format, Paragraph, Special, Hanging



Page numbers not on first page(s)

Put in a section break after the title page, abstract, and any other pages you do not want to have page numbers. (Insert, Break, Section Break types, Next Page)


Insure that you are on a page, in the section where you want the numbers to start.

Insert, Page Numbers.

Pick Format, and then Start At


Managing Complex Figures

In Paint, assemble the graphic by pasting in the individual figures.

Add text for the subfigures A, B, and C, and do any other edits.

If there was a legend that was separate, you could combine it as well.

You can save the graphic, or just paste it into Word or PowerPoint.

As a single graphic, the sizing and position of the subcomponents cannot change.

In Word, insert a section break, twice, so you have three pages.
Navigate to the page you want to move to landscape, and change its orientation.

This view has the paragraph, page, and section breaks shown.  That can be helpful to show you where those are, and to avoid accidently deleting them.

Insert the figure into the landscape.  You can adjust its size, but if it is a map, do not adjust the aspect ratio.
Put a caption below the figure.  It is easiest to just put in a line of text.  While Word has other options, they have high odds of giving you problems as you edit, and almost guarantee problems if you want to try electronic  edits with a collaborator (or supervisor).


last revision 1/15/2017