How to Change to Landscape in Adobe InDesign

Changing the orientation of a page or spread in Adobe InDesign from portrait to landscape allows you to create visually appealing and effective layouts for specific types of content. Landscape orientation is particularly suited for designs that emphasize horizontal elements, such as wide-format images, tables, or timelines.

Steps to Change Page Orientation in InDesign

  1. Launch Adobe InDesign: Open Adobe InDesign on your computer and ensure the document containing the pages you want to change to landscape is open.
  2. Access Document Setup: For existing documents
  3. Go to the “File” menu and select “Document Setup”.

For new documents

1. Go to the "File" menu and choose "New".
2. In the "New Document" dialog box, click the "More Options" button.
3. In the "Document Setup" window, select the "Page Size" section.
4. Under the "Page Size" dropdown menu, select "Landscape".
5. Click the "OK" button to apply the changes and close the Document Setup window.

  • Select Pages: In the Pages panel, locate the pages you want to change to landscape. You can select individual pages by clicking on them or select multiple pages by holding down the Shift key while clicking on them.
  • Change Orientation: Right-click on the selected pages and choose “Portrait” or “Landscape”. The selected pages will now have the chosen orientation.
  • Apply Changes: If you’ve made changes to the layout of the landscape pages, ensure you apply those changes before saving the document.

Additional Tips

  • When working with multiple page sizes within a single document, InDesign’s “Document Setup” panel allows you to specify different page sizes for different pages.
  • Use master pages to create consistent layouts across multiple pages in landscape orientation.
  • Consider the aspect ratio of your content when choosing landscape orientation to avoid stretching or distorting images or graphics.

Changing page orientation to landscape in Adobe InDesign provides flexibility in creating visually engaging and effective designs for various content types. By following these steps and considering the additional tips, you can seamlessly incorporate landscape layouts into your InDesign projects.