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DOSWord: Printing Portrait and Landscape in Same Document


The information in this article applies to:

  • Microsoft Word for MS-DOS, versions 5.0, 5.5, 6.0


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Autorotation is the ability of some printers to rotate a portrait font 90 degrees to create a landscape font. This feature allows you to have portrait text and landscape text in the same document, but on different pages. Each division (Word version 5.0)/section (Word versions 5.5, 6.0) in a document can have only one orientation. Although a page can have more than one division/section, you cannot print in both portrait and landscape text on the same page because of the method Word uses to perform autorotation.


Word version 5.0 determines the orientation of a page by the values set in the "page length:" and "width:" fields of the the Format Division Margins command.

Word version 5.5, 6.0 determine the orientation of a page by the values set in the Height and Width boxes of the Format Margins command.

If the "page length:" (Height box in Word versions 5.5, 6.0) field is set to less than 9 inches and the "width:" (Width box in Word versions 5.5 and 6.0) field is set to greater than or equal to 9 inches, Word will send the page to the printer as landscape. Otherwise, Word will assume the page has portrait orientation.

Word supports autorotation on the following printers:

   Mannesmann Tally 910
   Panasonic KX-P4450
   Canon IIR
   Hewlett-Packard LaserJet 2000
   Hewlett-Packard LaserJet Series IID, IIP
   Hewlett-Packard LaserJet III
   Hewlett-Packard LaserJet IIID
   Hewlett-Packard LaserJet IIIP
   Hewlett-Packard LaserJet IIIsi
   Hewlett-Packard LaserJet series 4
   IBM 4019 (native mode)
   All PostScript printers 

Additional query words: 5.00 5.50 2d 2p 2r

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Last Reviewed: November 4, 2000
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