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Formatting Your Thesis/Dissertation: 4c. Landscape Pages & Special Materials

Learn about Graduate College formatting requirements.

When to Use Landscape Pages

Some figures (such as landscape maps) and wide tables may not fit well between the margins on a portrait page. These should be inserted on landscape pages.

wide figures contain lots of data and spread further than a 6 inch margin would allow to fit these should be placed on a landscape page to offer more space wide tables contain lots of data and spread further than a 6 inch margin would allow to fit these should be placed on a landscape page to offer more space


Inserting and Formatting a Landscape Page

1.  You will need to create a section break at the end of the page before you wish to insert a landscape page and again at the bottom of the blank page that will be inserted when you do so. This will allow your document to alternate from portrait pages to landscapes pages and then back to portrait orientation. (Tip: turn on mark up to ensure they are placed correctly).


insert two section breaks, one at the bottom of the page before the landscape and one at the bottom of the landscape page


If you will have multiple landscape pages in a row, use page breaks at the end of each landscape page to keep the formatting but separate contents and a section break after the last landscape page.

2. Place your cursor between the section breaks and change the orientation (under layout) to landscape.

under the layout tab of the top ribbon select orientation, landscape

3. You will need to double check your margins. Note that due to the orientation they will be different. The top will now become the edge that is bound in the book and should be the largest margin.

Margins should be as follows:

Top: 1.5"

Bottom: 1"

Left: 1.25"

Right: 1.25"

in the page setup dialogue box, adjust the left and right margins to 1.25 inches, the top to 1.5 inches and the bottom to 1 inch


1. Double click on the header of the landscape page. You will want to unlink it from the previous section. You will want to check that the page number for this section is formatted to "continue from previous". These actions will allow you to alter the position of the number on the landscape page without affecting the previous page and keep the page number consecutive. 

2. You will repeat those two actions in the section after the landscape page. Double click in the header, unlink it from previous, and ensure it continues numbering from the previous section. This will allow the page numbers to continue consecutively without the formatting to adjust after the landscape page.

3. On the landscape page, click in the header. Under page number, select remove page number.


4. Under Insert - Page Number - Select Page Margin, Large Right

5. This will insert a large page number inside of a text box. You will format the text and the text box to obtain a properly placed page number.

  • Start by formatting the font to be the same size and font style as the rest of the page numbers. Also right align the text.

  • With the text box selected, under Format, change the text direction by rotating all text 90 degrees.

  • Next you will format the text box that the page number is in so the page number is positioned correctly. Select the text box. Under Format > Position > More Layout Options - Change the position to be centered on the page both vertically and horizontally.

  • Under the Format tab you have the option to change the size of the text box. Change the height to 8.5" and the width to 11" so that it is the same size as the page. This will allow you to insert the margins into the text box so the number is positioned correctly.



  • Right click and select format shape. This will open the window to format the margins of the text box.

  • Adjust the margins of the text box to be as follows:
    • Left: 0
    • Right: 0.75
    • Top: 0
    • Bottom: 1





1. Tables that are placed on landscape pages should not be any wider than 8.5 inches.

Notice: The example below is wider than the margins.

example of a table on a landscape page that is larger than the margins allow


2. Right click and select table properties

right click to open table properties


3. Adjust the preferred width so it is no larger than 8.5 inches

set the preferred width to 8.5 inches


4. The table will now fit within the margins. Adjust the font size (can go as small as 10-pt) or column widths (while still maintaining 8.5 inches overall) so content fits properly.

landscape table fitting correctly between the margins

Special Materials

Special Materials

If content does not fit on either a landscape or a portrait page, or if the content is not standard printing size, this may be considered special material and formatting should be determined with the assistance of your department, the Graduate College, and Rod Library. If you believe that you may have items that fall under this classification, contact the Thesis & Dissertation Reviewer.

Examples would include oversized pages, items that would fit into a pocket page, or digital materials that supplement the work.