Set Landscape as Default Orientation in Word 2010

The default settings in Microsoft Word 2010 are based upon years of research that Microsoft has performed to determine which settings are most commonly used by people working with the program. However, while default settings might indicate the preference of the majority of users, there is still a large minority that would prefer that something was set differently by default. Luckily you can change most of the default settings in Microsoft Word 2010 to improve your personal experience with the program. This means that you can set the default orientation to Landscape in Word 2010, if you prefer to create most of your documents with that setting.

Change Default Orientation in Word 2010

As a long-time user of Microsoft Word, I have adjusted my usage habits to accommodate the default settings in the program. I work with Word and other Office programs on a lot of different computers, most of which have default settings, so it is in my best interest to be able to troubleshoot problems coming from that configuration. But if your situation dictates that your efficiency and enjoyment would be improved by changing some default settings, then you can follow the steps below to do just that.

Step 1: Launch Microsoft Word 2010.

Step 2: Click the Page Layout tab at the top of the window.

word 2010 page layout tab

Step 3: Click the Page Setup button at the bottom-right corner of the Page Setup section of the ribbon at the top of the window.

open page setup menu

Step 4: Click the Landscape option under the orientation section at the center of the window.

set landscape as default orientation in word 2010

Step 5: Click the Set as default button at the bottom of the window.

click set as default button

Step 6: Click the Yes button on the pop-up window to confirm that you want to make a change to the default template.

click yes to confirm choice

To confirm that the setting has been applied, you can now close Word 2010 without saving the document. Re-launch the program, and your new document should be in the landscape orientation. If you want to return to the Portrait orientation as your default setting in the future, then you will need to follow the steps above, but choose the Portrait option in Step 4 instead.

Did you know that you can also change the default file format that Word 2010 will use when you create a new document? You can follow the instructions in this article to learn how to do just that.

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