Changing Page Orientation

by Allen Wyatt
(last updated December 13, 2013)


There were two orientations you could use when you print your document: portrait and landscape. Whether you are able to modify the paper orientation depends on the type of printer you have installed to work with Windows. To modify the paper orientation, follow these steps:

  1. Choose the Page Setup option from the File menu. Word displays the Page Setup dialog box.
  2. In Word 2002 or later, select the Margins tab. (See Figure 1.) Select the Paper Size tab in earlier versions. (See Figure 2.)
  3. Figure 2. The Paper Size tab of the Page Setup dialog box.

    Figure 1. The Margins tab of the Page Setup dialog box

  4. Select the appropriate orientation for your document.
  5. Click on OK.

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Allen Wyatt

With more than 50 non-fiction books and numerous magazine articles to his credit, Allen Wyatt is an internationally recognized author. He is president of Sharon Parq Associates, a computer and publishing services company. ...


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2018-08-14 09:16:54

John 41

There is a possible problem with the 1st method - using the Goto Special and using the "Blanks" option. If some of the rows of data you want to keep also contain some blank cells, these will also be selected, and when the Delete tool o n the Home tab is used,m these cells will be deleted resulting in all data to the right of these cells being shifted left by the number of cells deleted. This will very likely be a highly undesirable result. To avoid this hapening, when don't click the Delete tool, instead click the drop-down arrow on the on the bottom of the Delete tool, then click the option "Delete Rows"

2018-08-12 16:45:37


@Alex B
For a larger data set, you can use a formula in one column of your data to check if the rest of the row is empty instead of the conditional formatting. Or amend a macro to remove the formatting for you. I suggested the conditional formatting as an interim method to make sure that only the rows you wanted deleted are actually the ones to be deleted. If the highlight hits on a row you want to keep, you know something's off. I backup whatever I'm working on just in case, but checking to be sure things go as planned is an extra layer of insurance of not having to do them over!

2018-08-11 19:56:12

Alex B

You may want to consider that conditional formatting is regarded as volatile. It is likely to not only be quite slow if you use it on a large dataset but will also leave you with an unnecessary overhead if you don't remove it after you have completed the delete process. (it will still be applied to the undeleted rows)

2018-08-11 08:01:44


Manual process
Another way to delete only blank rows using a filter and conditional formatting:
Set up a condition to color one cell in the row if the entire row is blank
Filter your data to show the colored cells.
Delete those rows.
Unfilter your data.

Automated process:
Once you have the above process working to your satisfaction, turn it into a macro. Then assign it to a keyboard shortcut, a button on your QAT, or an image in your file for easy access.

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