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How do I insert a single landscape page?

asked 2018-12-08 00:15:29 +0100

Todd2 gravatar image

Hi All,


I have a document that is in portrait format. I want to insert a single landscape page in the middle of the document. I do not what the orientation of the other pages to change. How do I do this?

Many thanks, -T

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answered 2018-12-08 10:09:37 +0100

ajlittoz gravatar image

You must first understand that pages are not primary objects in LO Writer. Pages are dynamically allocated when the printable space between margins is exhausted. The layout is defined in a page style which you can customise at will.

Unless you create a break in your text flow, page style for the new page stays the same as the current one.

Consequently, when you inserted a page break in your document for your landscape data, you changed for a new "current" style with this orientation. To revert to portrait orientation, you must insert another break where portrait is resumed.

LO Writer (like all digital applications) is dumb and cannot guess where a personally meaningful attribute takes effect and where it stops. You must tell it.

LO Writer is a very sophisticated tool and, as such, you must learn how to use it (intuition is not enough) and also understand the underlying principles to make the highest profit out of it.

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Lo Writer being sophisticated is not an excuse for being difficult to use. Word Pro is also sophisticated and setting page orentation is 100 times easier than Writer.

Thank you for the help. Will will set a double page break and see if that works.

Todd2 gravatar imageTodd2 ( 2018-12-13 01:29:43 +0100 )edit

answered 2018-12-08 01:12:58 +0100

LibreTraining gravatar image

This is covered in the Writer Guide (PDF, 15MB)
See: Changing page orientation within a document on page 139.

Basically the page orientation is part of the page style.
So you set-up a landscape page style (or use the existing one) and apply that style to the page.
This is all covered in the guide in more detail.

If this answered your question please check the checkmark at left.


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Page 140 has it.

Wow, what a difficult way to do this. You should just be able to click on the page properties and change it. (Word Pro has me spoiled in this respect.)

Thank you!

Todd2 gravatar imageTodd2 ( 2018-12-08 01:32:58 +0100 )edit

I take that back. Not an answer. The manual says it will only change that page, but it changes that page and every page below it. Same issue I wrote about. <editorial comment=""> AAAHHHH !!!!! </editorial>

Todd2 gravatar imageTodd2 ( 2018-12-08 01:42:45 +0100 )edit

You seem to have completely missed 3) and 4) at the top of page 141. It's hard to do something properly if you only read a part of instruction.

Mike Kaganski gravatar imageMike Kaganski ( 2018-12-08 12:07:52 +0100 )edit

I wasn't able to do anything following these instructions either. Either they are badly written or we are both very stupid.

Marianela gravatar imageMarianela ( 2020-09-04 18:38:31 +0100 )edit

answered 2020-10-07 15:47:40 +0100

b2c3 gravatar image

This is not an answer but rather an add-on to the question. I followed the instructions to create a landscape page as the second page and it worked. However, when I copied another LO Writer landscape page and pasted it into the second page, the page orientation returned to portrait. I then could not change the page style back to landscape without closing the document and opening it again. Next, I used Paste Special LibreOffice 6.3 Text Document. The page returned to portrait orientation. Closed and opened the document again. Then tried Paste Special Rich text formatting (RTF) and that kept the page orientation as landscape.

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This is not an answer but rather an add-on to the question.

You are right. Therefore your post should be added to the question or to a specifically related answer as a comment.

The post also is not a question, but is (basically) about a supposed bug. If you actually can describe a reproducible misbehavior of LibO, you should report it to . I'm afraid you won't find much attention for it via this Q&A site, and surely there will not be a fix. You may hope for a workaround at best.

Lupp gravatar imageLupp ( 2020-10-07 16:38:08 +0100 )edit

You can't copy'n'paste pages in Writer. You copy text (formatted or not). Unless, you better describe, step by step, what you did, we can't comment or have an opinion about the misbehaviour.

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2020-10-07 17:03:17 +0100 )edit

I copied the text on the page using Shift Ctrl End and then Ctrl C

b2c3 gravatar imageb2c3 ( 2020-10-07 17:28:39 +0100 )edit

Did the selection range contain "special" formatting "tags"? (you can see them when View>Formatting Marks is enabled).

Can you attach a sample file with the problem to your "answer"? You can't attach to a comment, so edit your "answer". If you deem a full discussion/analysis is needed, ask your own question (quoting this one in a link) and delete your "answer".

ajlittoz gravatar imageajlittoz ( 2020-10-07 17:50:24 +0100 )edit
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