Microsoft Word/MS Word printing issues


QUESTION: I have a document with mixed orientation. Pages 1-8 are portrait containing diagrams and text; pages 9-13 landscape containg text doxes.  I need to print double sided.  When I print it prints pages 9, 11 & 13 upsaid down.  How can I make it print these pages the right way up.

I have tried:
- removing section/page breaks
- rotating the diagram on the pages

ANSWER: The issue here is the way the printer duplexes. Your printer Properties will include a control that defines whether duplexed pages are intended to flip on the long edge (book style) or top edge (tablet style). For landscape-oriented pages, you need to flip on the short edge. Obviously, you can't have both types of flip in the same print run, so your only option may be to print the first eight pages with the default flip, then change the setting and print the rest. Admittedly, this is not very satisfactory; it may be that if you print to PDF first, you will be able to manipulate the PDF better (though I can't state that for a fact).

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QUESTION: Thank you so much. I thought it was the printer devices that were causing the issue, and you have confirmed it.  How to I print to pdf format?


If you have Word 2007 or later, the ability to create PDFs from Word docs is built in (Save as PDF). Otherwise, you'll need to use Acrobat or one of the many free PDF creation programs available online (PrimoPDF and CutePDF are among those often recommended). Since I last wrote, I've had Acrobat open and see that it does provide the ability to rotate pages; I don't know what manipulation is possible in the free software. Word has only the ability to create PDFs, not to edit them, so that wouldn't help.
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Suzanne S. Barnhill


I've been using Word for Windows since version 2.0 (1992), and the more I learn about it, the more I realize how little I know. But I may know a few things that you don't, and I'll help if I can. I answer many questions every day in Microsoft's peer support forums and as a result have been awarded the MVP (Most Valuable Professional) designation by Microsoft Corporation. You may be able to find the answer to your question at the Word MVPs' FAQ site or at my own Word FAQ site, so please check those first! Please, no questions about VBA (macros), Registry editing, networks, or complex merges, as I have no experience with these aspects of Word, nor do I have any experience with Word for Mac. Please indicate which version of Word you are using; if you are not sure, see "What version of Word do I have?".


I have a master's degree in classics (Latin), which is surprisingly helpful, though I no longer teach. The things I am proudest of: Having raised two children to maturity, both Merit Scholars, both college graduates (one a philosophy major!), one Phi Beta Kappa (from Harvard!); having been made a Paul Harris Fellow by my Rotary club; having been designated a Microsoft MVP.

Rotary Club of Fairhope, Friends of the Fairhope Public Library

B.A. (Latin), Agnes Scott College, 1966; M.A. (Classics), Emory University, 1972.

Awards and Honors
Microsoft Most Valuable Professional award every year since 1999; many Rotary honors

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