How to Set Paper Size and Orientation in Word 2013

By Faithe Wempen

A Word 2013 document’s orientation can be either portrait or landscape. Portrait is a standard page in which the tall part of the paper runs along the left and right sides. Landscape is a rotated page in which the tall part of the paper runs along the top and bottom.

The standard paper size in the U.S. is 8.5 x 11 inches, also known as Letter. Most of the templates available through Word use this paper size, although some exceptions exist. For example, an envelope template might use a page size that matches a standard business envelope, or a legal brief template might use legal-size paper (8.5 x 14 inches).

Here is how to set the page orientation of a document to Landscape and change its paper size.

  1. In Word, with the document open from the previous exercise, click the Page Layout tab on the Ribbon if it isn’t already displayed.

  2. Click the Orientation button.

    A drop-down list opens and gives you two options: Portrait and Landscape.

  3. Click the Landscape option.

    The page changes to Landscape mode.

  4. Change the orientation back to Portrait.

  5. Click the Size button.

    A list of common paper sizes appears, as shown in this figure. A4 is a commonly used paper size in Europe.


  6. Click the option A4 8.27dp x 11.69dp. You may need to scroll down the list to find it.

    The paper size changes.

    Changing the paper size in Word doesn’t change the paper size in your printer, of course, so if you print on a different size paper than you tell Word you’re using, the printing may not be centered on the paper.

    You can also click More Paper Sizes at the bottom of the Size menu and set up a custom paper size by entering a width and height on the Paper tab of the Page Setup dialog box.

  7. Save your work.