How to Change to Landscape Orientation in Google Docs

The orientation of a document in Google Docs refers to the location of the long edge of the page. If the long edge of the page is on the left or right side of the document, then that is in the Portrait orientation. Conversely, if the long edge is on the top or bottom of the page, then that is Landscape orientation.

Google Docs, along with most other word processing applications, uses the Portrait orientation by default. However, if you are working on a project or a document where the Landscape orientation is more beneficial, then you are able to change that setting. Our guide below will help you to switch from portrait orientation, or vice versa, in your Google Docs document.


How to Switch Page Orientation in Google Docs

The steps in this article are going to show you where to find the setting that controls the orientation of your document. You can choose between portrait and landscape. By default, Google Docs files are create in portrait orientation. If you switch orientation for a document in the middle of editing it, some of your document elements may be affected. It’s always important to check your document after you change the orientation to ensure that nothing too bad has happened.

Step 1: Open your Google Drive at and double-click on the Google Docs file for which you wish to change the orientation.


Step 2: Click the File tab at the top of the window.

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Step 3: Click the Page setup option at the bottom of this menu.

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Step 4: Click the Landscape option under Orientation, then click the OK button.

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The document should update immediately to be in the new orientation.

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