Change to Landscape Orientation in Google Docs

There’s no doubt that portrait orientation isthe way to view the vast majority of documents on the web. It’s how we’vealways read books and browsed websites. You’re reading this post in portraitorientation now, right?

However, in fringe cases where you’re tryingto format a document to be wider than it is tall, Google Docs has got youcovered. Whether you’re creating a presentation slide, poster, or anything ofthe like, setting up your document this way is a matter of just a few clicks.

How to Use Landscape Orientationin Google Docs

To get started formatting your document inlandscape orientation, click on the Filemenu option and then Page setup… onthe expanded menu.

This screen will allow you to change severaloptions for your page, including changing portrait orientation to landscapeorientation.

The paper size of your document is another ofthese settings, supporting the following sizes:

  • Letter (8.5″ × 11″)
  • Tabloid (11″ × 17″)
  • Legal (8.5″ × 14″)
  • Statement (5.5″ × 8.5″)
  • Executive (7.25″ ×10.5″)
  • Folio (8.5″ × 13″)
  • A3 (11.69″ × 16.54″)
  • A4 (8.27″ × 11.69″)
  • A5 (5.83″ × 8.27″)
  • B4 (9.84″ × 13.90″)
  • B5 (6.93″ × 9.84″)

You can also set the size, in inches, of eachof your page’s margins and its background color. The background color can beset using a predefined list of colors or by using your own custom hex colorcode.

Here’s how a document looks with the defaultlandscape orientation settings applied:

As you can see, it’s much wider and would beable to fit elements like wide images and tables better than portraitorientation.

If you plan to use landscape orientation overa long period of time, such as if you’re working on a multi-document project,you can click the Set as defaultbutton when changing your page’s setup options.

However, there are two unfortunate drawbacks of changing the orientation settings in Google Docs. One is that you can only change the orientation of the entire document, not set it for individual pages.

This is one of the biggest ways that Word wins out in the Google Docs vs. Microsoft Word argument—you can make one page landscape in Word .

The second drawback is that the media includedin your document can be rearranged and reordered in unintended ways if you’vecreated a document in portrait orientation and then switch it to landscapeorientation. This will require you to do a bit of manual cleanup after applyingthe change.

Other than these two snags, setting up adocument in landscape orientation in Google Docs is simple, easy, andeffective. Always keep in mind that this is an option when you’re creatingdocuments heavy on media and other wide page elements!