How do I divide a page in word for windows?

Updated July 20, 2017

There are three standard U.S. paper sizes: letter, which is 8.5 by 11 inches; legal, 8.5 by 14 inches; and ledger, 11 by 17 inches. Microsoft Word recognises those and other paper sizes or formats (such as envelopes) on the pages of its documents. If you want to create something special, such as folded greeting cards or a booklet, in a Word document, dividing standard-size pages is the way to go. With divided pages, you can print on standard paper but use the page size and layout of your choosing.

Create a new document in Microsoft Word or open an existing one.

Click the “Page Layout” tab.

Click the small arrow at the bottom right of the group labelled “Page Setup.”

Click the arrow next to the drop-down menu labelled “Multiple pages” and select “Two pages per sheet.”

Select either “Portrait” or “Landscape” orientation for your document. Portrait will orient the document vertically, with each line spanning the 8.5-inch width of the paper and each half page measuring 5.5 inches long. Landscape will orient the document horizontally, so each half page will measure 8.5 inches by 5.5 inches, with the text running across the 5.5-inch width.

Click “OK.”


You’ll find the same page set-up options in Word 2003 under “File,” “Page Setup.” To divide a split page into four (or more) panels, use columns as well as divide the page. The column options are in the “Page Setup” group of the “Page Layout” tab in Word 2007 and in the “Format” menu in Word 2003.

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