I edit an online academic journal that’s supposed to look like a print journal. The journal’s orientation is portrait. But, sometimes there are tables that need to be in landscape. That’s easy.
The hard part is getting the headers to appear in the same place on portrait and landscape pages: in the former they’re at the top, while in the latter they should be in the right margin.
In a TechRepublic post on how to put text in the margins of Word documents, Susan Harkin covers 3 methods. The last one is a much better solution to putting the header in the right margin than the one I’ve been using.
Here’s an example of the problem. In the linked file, the header on page 87 is at the top of a portrait page, and on page 88 it is at the top of a landscape page. But if you print those two pages out and bundle them with the pages all in portrait, the header is in two different spots.
The workaround is bizarre, but it works. Here goes:
- Open your header for editing (ALT N H E).
- Insert a text box (ALT N X).
- Cut the header that isn’t where you want it, and paste it inside the text box.
- Rotate the text inside the text box (ALT J X G).
- Now here’s the weird part. Drag the text box outside of the header to wherever you want it on your page. That text box is still part of your header, but it doesn’t appear in your header.
As long as the landscape pages are in their own section, with “link to previous” turned off, this methods works like a charm.