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    Rotating pages/tables

    I'm trying to create a booklet of tables containing reference information, using Word 2000. Since I want a smallish booklet, I've set up Landscape paper with margins that emulate double-sided A5 paper.

    The trouble is, one table works best oriented the other way. So I've created a single-page section that's formatted Portrait. This seems to cause problems, and I'm wondering as to the best way out.

    The problems are: first, although Print Preview works fine at home (Win95, Word 2K), on my work PC (where the printer is) (Win2K, Word 2K), it refuses to display the Portrait page, jumping back a page instead (so Paging Down in Print Preview shows pages 1, 2, 3, 2, 3, 2, 3, ...). It prints okay, but hangs at the critical page. Cancelling the print job successfully forces out the remaining pages.

    Second, I can't seem to get a Portrait and Landscape page to print back-to-back. It's possible this makes sense to the printer, but the fact is, I'm trying to fool it into printing A5 pages on A4 paper. I guess I'm not being very successful.

    I can think of a few things to try, but I'd like to hear other people's suggestions before I put the effort into a lot of testing. So if you can think of something, please let me know. Otherwise, any comments on the possibilities below would really help me.

    1. Stick a second Portrait page on the back of the first, resigning myself to not mixing formats.

    2. Simulate A5 by centring the text on the page rather than using Landscape (will this make any difference?).

    3. Use rotated textboxes rather than rotating the whole page. Trouble is, each cell of the table would need to be rotated separately, and I doubt the layout would look the same (the table's formatting is already perfected). OTOH, page numbers would end up in the right place.

    4. Rebuild the table as tabulated text and use lines to simulate borders. This is a lot of work, and shading would be hard to do properly.

    Obviously, the ideal solution would be to drop the table into a rotated text box, but Word tells me it won't support rotated tables. (Why not?)

    If anyone can help, I'd really love to hear from you.

    Thanks in advance,

    Paulius

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    Re: Rotating pages/tables

    Please see <!post=this post,193817>this post<!/post> and open the attached file. While I don't know how this was done, you could use this file as a starting point.

    Cheers!

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    Re: Rotating pages/tables

    Two thoughts - may or may not work depending on your situation.

    You could also bulld a 'portrait' table, with all text orientation vertical!

    This may not help but many modern printers support 'two-up' printing via the print options box.
    Using this greatly simplifies such problems, because you simply create the document as A4, single pages and then print them as A5 two-up.

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    Re: Rotating pages/tables

    Have a look at <post#=194053>post 194053</post#> for a way to do it in Word 2000.

    This is in response to Rajesh's <post#=193817>post 193817</post#>
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