If you are writing something for future publication, you have most likely been given a set of standards that must be met first.  These guidelines are often specific to line spacing, page number placement, font specifics, and margin size. Probably one of  the most common requirements for publishing is to maintain consistency, in everything, throughout your work.

Consistency in formatting also includes page number layout orientation (in other words, the direction the page number is facing).  This is true even for a book which includes an intermittent page containing the occasional landscape oriented table or figure.  Remember, even though the item on the page is presented in a landscape orientation, bound books always locate the page number in the same place, facing the same direction for the reader.  In other words, the page number remains consistently portrait oriented even though all other items on the page may be presented with a landscape orientation.

Microsoft Word allows page orientation to be controlled by Section Breaks.  Headers and footers are the most common place used to insert and position page numbers and are controlled by linking and unlinking the header/footer area for each section.

The Graduate College requires students, writing their thesis/dissertation, to orient the page numbers in the portrait position and to be consistent, on portrait and landscape pages, throughout the entire document.

NOTE: The University of Iowa Graduate College Thesis Manual defines the portrait position as the "vertical position".  The manual also makes reference to  "horizontal" tables or figures.  Whereas, Microsoft Word defines this layout as the landscape position.

To make this all a bit simpler, a downloadable MS Word file has been created to further assist you.  It contains three pages and built in section breaks.  The landscape page contains a page number located in an area that is neither a part of the Header or Footer.  Also contained are step-by-step instructions for its use.

Click theFileLandscapePages.docx file to begin your download.

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May 19, 2016