Portrait and Landscape Page Orientation in Excel

In this tutorial, I will explore the importance of portrait and landscape page orientation in Excel application. Explaining how to switch between portrait and landscape modes, enabling you to optimize your documents for various printing purposes and enhancing the overall clarity and professionalism of your spreadsheets.

Page orientation in Microsoft Excel is a fundamental aspect of formatting that determines how your text is arranged on a printed page. This feature allows you to choose between two main orientations: portrait and landscape.

Portrait orientation arranges the content vertically, making it suitable for documents like letters or reports. On the other hand, landscape orientation positions the content horizontally, ideal for wide tables, charts, or spreadsheets. Understanding and utilizing page orientation is vital when preparing documents for printing, ensuring that your data is presented in the most readable and visually appealing manner.

Portrait and Landscape Page orientation in Excel:

Here are the steps to change the page orientation from one mode to another mode in Microsoft Excel:

Open Your Excel Workbook: Start Microsoft Excel and open the workbook that contains the spreadsheet you want to change its page orientations.


Go to the Page Layout Tab: Navigate to the “Page Layout” tab located on the Excel ribbon. This tab contains various options related to page setup and formatting.

Choose Orientation: Click on the “Orientation” button. A drop down menu will appear with two options: “Portrait” and “Landscape.”

  • Portrait: This option arranges the content vertically, which is useful for documents like letters or reports.
  • Landscape: This option positions the content horizontally, suitable for wide tables, charts, or spreadsheets.


Select the Cells or Range: If you want to change the orientation of the specific cells in worksheet. Select the specific cells or range that you want to change the desired orientation from one mode to another.

  • Choose File menu > click on Print
  • In setting, choose Pint Selection
  • Choose orientation (Portrait or Landscape)
  • Now click on Print (to print your document)


Go to Page Layout: In the Page Layout tab, choose the “Margin” and click on the custom margin.

  • A page setup dialog box will be opened.
  • Now choose the page tab.
  • There is an option available called “orientation”. Below this there are two more options available called “Portrait and Landscape.”

Select the Desired Orientation: Click on either “Portrait” or “Landscape” based on your preference.

Preview Your Changes (Optional): Click on the “File” tab and select “Print” to preview how your document will appear when printed. This step allows you to see the layout before actually printing the document.

Save Your Workbook: After adjusting the page orientation and ensuring that your document looks as intended, be sure to save your workbook to preserve your changes.

By following the above steps, you can easily change the page orientation in Excel, tailoring your documents for different printing needs and ensuring a professional and polished appearance.

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