Please Note: This article is written for users of the following Microsoft Word versions: 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. If you are using a later version (Word 2007 or later), this tip may not work for you. For a version of this tip written specifically for later versions of Word, click here: Different Layout for a Portion of a Page.
by Allen Wyatt
(last updated October 30, 2021)
Ian is creating a tri-fold document in Word. His page orientation (obviously) is landscape and he has no problem creating the first two columns on the page. Ian can't figure out how handle the third column, however. That column needs to be rotated 90 degrees counter-clockwise from the other two columns, and Ian wonders about the best way to do this.
There are a couple of ways you can approach this design issue. Each technique involves either the use of a table or a text box, as Word allows you to rotate the orientation of text in either a text cell or a text box, independent from the orientation in the rest of the document.
The first method involves the use of a table. Starting with a blank page, with a landscape orientation, you could place a three-cell table on the page. Each cell will represent a different panel in your tri-fold layout. In each cell type the information that you want to appear on that panel. (Don't worry about orientation on the third panel just yet.)
The text-box approach is similar; type information in the first two panels as you normally would, but then use a text box to create the third panel. Size the text box to whatever you require, and make sure that it contains the text to appear on the panel. Format the text box so that there is no border around it.
Now, regardless of whether you are using the table or text-box approach, you are ready to change the orientation of the third panel. Place the insertion point within either the third table cell or the text box. Follow these steps:
Figure 1. The Text Direction dialog box.
WordTips is your source for cost-effective Microsoft Word training. (Microsoft Word is the most popular word processing software in the world.) This tip (3900) applies to Microsoft Word 97, 2000, 2002, and 2003. You can find a version of this tip for the ribbon interface of Word (Word 2007 and later) here: Different Layout for a Portion of a Page.
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