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Webucator's Free Intermediate Microsoft Word 2013 Tutorial

Lesson: Page Layout

Welcome to our free Intermediate Microsoft Word 2013 tutorial. This tutorial is based on Webucator's Intermediate Microsoft Word 2013 Training course.

In this lesson, you will learn how to adjust your page layout.

Lesson Goals

  • Set the page orientation as portrait or landscape.
  • Set the print size of the paper.
  • Split your text into multiple columns.
  • Add page breaks.
  • Add section breaks.

Orientation and Paper Size

Page Orientation

The default page orientation for Microsoft Word documents is portrait. To change the orientation of your document to landscape:

  1. On the PAGE LAYOUT tab, in the Page Setup group, click Orientation: Orientation in Page Setup Group of Layout Tab
  2. Click Landscape: Landscape

Changing Paper Size

The paper size in Microsoft Word documents can be set for the whole document and for individual sections of documents.

To change the paper size for a section of your document:

  1. On the PAGE LAYOUT tab, in the Page Setup group, click Size: Size in Page Setup Group of Page Layout Tab
  2. Select the paper size of your choice: Paper Size Options

To change the paper size for your whole document:

  1. On the PAGE LAYOUT tab, in the Page Setup group, click Size: Size in Page Setup Group of Page Layout Tab
  2. Select More Paper Sizes: More Paper Sizes
  3. In the Page Setup dialog box, choose a paper size and for Apply to, select Whole document: Page Setup Dialog Box
  4. Click OK.

Working with Columns

To split your text into columns:

  1. In the PAGE LAYOUT tab, on the Page Setup group, click Columns: Columns in Page Setup Group of Page Layout Tab
  2. Click one of the options in the menu to select it, or click More Columns to add more than three columns or columns with custom width and spacing: Columns Drop-Down Choices

Note that by default, changes to columns effect only the section in which you are working. To apply column changes to a whole document, you must click More Columns and then Apply to: Whole document Columns Dialog Box

Changing the Page Setup

Duration: 5 to 15 minutes.

In this exercise, you will change the orientation of a document from portrait to landscape, change the paper size for the whole document, and split the text into two columns.

  1. Open or go to Plants in my yard - Intermediate.docx.
  2. Make the following changes to this document:
    1. Set the page orientation to landscape.
    2. Set the paper size to legal.
    3. Split the text into two columns.
  3. Save the document as Plants in my yard - landscape.docx.

Solution:

  1. On the PAGE LAYOUT tab, in the Page Setup group, click Orientation: Orientation in the Page Setup Group of the Layout Tab
  2. Click Landscape: Landscape
  3. On the PAGE LAYOUT tab, in the Page Setup group, click Size: Size in the Page Setup Group of the Page Layout Tab
  4. Click Legal: Size Options
  5. In the PAGE LAYOUT tab, on the Page Setup group, click Columns: Columns in Page Setup Group of Page Layout Tab
  6. Click Two: Columns Options
  7. Save the document as Plants in my yard - landscape.docx.

Advanced Formatting

Set Character Space Options

To set character space options:

  1. From the HOME tab, in the Font group, select the Font Dialog Box Launcher. Font Dialog Box Launcher
  2. Select the Advanced tab, and under Character Spacing, select options. Font Dialog Box
  3. Click OK to set the options.

Set Advanced Character Attributes

To set advanced character attributes:

  1. From the HOME tab, in the Font group, select the Font Dialog Box Launcher. Font Dialog Box Launcher
  2. Select the Advanced tab, and access the options in the OpenType Features section. Font Dialog Box

Add Linked Text Boxes

You can link text boxes in Word 2013, which is useful if you expect changes to the text.

To link text boxes:

  1. Make sure you are in Print Layout by selecting the VIEW tab. Select Print Layout if necessary. Print Layout
  2. Select the INSERT tab, and from the Text group, select Text Box. Text Box Options
  3. Select an option from the drop-down list, and click and drag to place it where you want it in your document. Document Text Box
  4. Repeat these steps to add additional text boxes.
  5. Click the text box and from the DRAWING TOOLS FORMAT tab, select Create Link. Create Link in Drawing Tools Format Tab
  6. The pitcher icon tilts when hovering over a text box that can receive a link; click in the empty text box to which you want to flow text. Pitcher Icon

Working with Fields

Add Custom Fields

To add a custom field in Word:

  1. Put the cursor where you want to insert the field in the document.
  2. Select the INSERT tab, and in the Text group, select Quick Parts, and then select Field. Field in Text Group of Insert Tab
  3. Select the field options, and click OK to insert the field. Field Dialog Box

Modify Field Properties

To modify a field's properties:

  1. Right-click the field and select Edit Field. Edit Field
  2. In the Field dialog box, specify modifications and click OK to save them. Field Dialog Box

Create Custom Field Formats

When working with fields, you can customize them as you would other Word elements.

To customize field formats:

  1. Right-click the field and select Edit Field. Edit Field
  2. Make changes in the Format list. You can also select Field Codes to make additional changes. Field Dialog Box

Add Field Controls

When adding fields to forms, you can add controls to each field to further customize your form.

Before you can add field controls, you must have the DEVELOPER tab of the Ribbon active. To do so, right-click the Ribbon and in the Customize the Ribbon section, check the Developer check box and then click OK.

Word Options Dialog Box

To add field controls:

  1. Select the DEVELOPER tab and from the Controls group, select Design Mode.
  2. Select the content control that you want to modify. Change the placeholder text or make any other changes.

Modify Field Control Properties

To modify a field control's properties:

  1. Select the field you want to modify.
  2. On the DEVELOPER tab, from the Controls group, select Properties.
  3. Set options in the dialog box and click OK to save them. Content Control Properties Dialog Box

Link to External Data

You can add a link in your document to external data.

To link to external data:

  1. Select in your document where you want the link to appear.
  2. Select the INSERT tab, and from the Text group, select Object. Object in Text Group of Insert Tab
  3. In the Object dialog box, select the Create from File tab. Object Dialog Box
  4. Enter the name of the file you want to link to or browse to it. Object Dialog Box
  5. Select Link to file and click OK to insert the file.

Page and Section Breaks

Page and section breaks make it easy to layout and format different parts of your documents in different ways. For example, use page or section breaks when you want to:

  1. Apply different headers and footers to different sections of your document.
  2. Restart page numbering for each section or chapter of your document.
  3. Start certain text at the top of a page or column.
  4. Split a section of your document (as opposed to the whole document) into more than one column.

The following table list page and section breaks available in Microsoft Word:

Types of Breaks Use
Page

Use when you want the following text to start at the beginning of the next page, and you want the same format and layout settings to apply on either side of the break.

Column

Use when you want the following text to start at the top of the next column.

Text Wrapping

Use to separate text around objects on web pages.

Next Page

Use when you want the following text to start at the beginning of the next page, and you want different format and layout settings to apply on either side of the break.

Continuous

Use when you want the following text to start on the same page, but you want different format and layout settings to apply on either side of the break.

Even Page

Use when you want the following text to start at the beginning of the next even page.

Odd Page

Use when you want the following text to start at the beginning of the next odd page.

Preventing Orphans

To prevent orphans in text (where one line appears by itself on a second page, away from the main text), from the HOME tab of the Ribbon, in the Paragraph group, select the Dialog Box Launcher.Dialog Box Launcher and then in the Paragraph dialog box, select the Line and Page Breaks tab and check the Widow/Orphan control check box.

Paragraph Dialog Box

Adding Page and Section Breaks

To add a page break or section break to a Microsoft Word document:

  1. On the PAGE LAYOUT tab, in the Page Setup group, click Breaks: Breaks in Page Setup Group of Page Layout Tab
  2. From the menu that appears, select the page break or section break of your choice: Page Breaks Options

Linking and Breaking Links to Section Headers or Footers

When using headers and footers in sections, you can create and break links to the header and/or footer used in the previous section by selecting the header or footer, and then from the HEADER & FOOTER TOOLS DESIGN tab, selecting or deselecting Link to Previous in the Navigation group.

Link to Previous in Navigation Group

Adding Page and Section Breaks

Duration: 10 to 20 minutes.

In this exercise, you will add page breaks and section breaks to a document and take a short quiz.

  1. Working with Page Breaks
    1. Open Plants in my yard - Intermediate2.docx. Note that all section and page breaks have been removed from the document.
    2. Add breaks such that:
      1. Each category of plants (trees, perennials, gound covers) can be laid out and formatted independently.
      2. Each plant starts on a new page.
    3. Save the document.
  2. Circle the appropriate answer to the following statements and questions:
    1. Adding page breaks enables you to apply different headers before and after the break.
      1. True
      2. False
    2. Which break can be used to add a break in the middle of a page, such that text appears before and after the break on the same page?
      1. Column Break
      2. Continuous Section Break
      3. Page Break
    3. Which break must be used to split one (and only one) section of your text into more than one column?
      1. Column Break
      2. Page Break
      3. Section Break
    4. Which break is used to separate text around objects on web pages?
      1. Page Break
      2. Continuous
      3. Text Wrapping

Solution:

  1. Working with Page Breaks
    1. Place your cursor before the Heading 1 text "PERENNIALS" and on the PAGE LAYOUT tab in the Page Setup group, click Breaks, Section Breaks > Next Page: Break Options
    2. Repeat the above for "Ground Covers".
    3. Place your cursor before the Heading 2 text "Lilac" and on the PAGE LAYOUT tab in the Page Setup group, click Breaks, Page: Break Options
    4. Repeat the above for all plants except those that are the first in their section.
  2. Answers to the statements and questions:
    1. Adding page breaks enables you to apply different Headers before and after the break.
      1. True
      2. False
    2. Which break can be used to add a break in the middle of a page, such that text appears before and after the break on the same page?
      1. Column Break
      2. Continuous Section Break
      3. Page Break
    3. Which break must be used to split one (and only one) section of your text into more than one column?
      1. Column Break
      2. Page Break
      3. Section Break
    4. Which break is used to separate text around objects on web pages?
      1. Page Break
      2. Continuous
      3. Text Wrapping