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Text orients sideways in Print View, and toolbar buttons agree!

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OK.  Longitme Word user, and I'm a bit stumped.

I have encountered a Word doc where the text, when viewed in Print View, appears sideways, resembling a landscape document.  It's as if the contents of the document have been turned sidways, but not the document itself.  There does not appear to be anything unusual at all in the Page Setup or paragraph / text formatting.  For that matter, Page Setup shows the page is in portrait mode.  Yet on the screen, all the text is oriented sideways.

Note: There are no tables or text boxes.  There are no graphics or other objects.

Note: The text still obeys the margins of the document, so the lines of text stretch to fill the 11-inch tall page rather than staying only 8.5 inches wide.

And here's another odd thing: any toolbar buttons that relate to text formatting actually reflect the sideways orientation of the text.  For example, the Justification buttons display vertical lines, and the 2-Column button displays one column laying on top of the other (sideways columns).  Even sub-menu icons (like Format > Paragraph...) display text lines as vertical rather than horizontal.

In Normal, Web, and Outline views, the text is oriented properly on the page, and the toolbar buttons are normal.

Am I just missing something here? Is this a "feature" I've simply never encountered?

btw, I'm using Word 2002 on Windows XP.
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Format->text direction

will let you change the direction of a section, the whole document, or drawing objects such as text boxes, shapes, or table cells so that the text is displayed vertically or horizontally.
On the Format menu, click Text Direction.
Click the orientation you want.
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I took a look, and Text Direction is not available for the document itself, only for objects like table cells and text frames.
My document has no such objects in it, yet the text is oriented sideways (the tops of the letters are toward the right).
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Hey, I found it -- Page Setup > Document Grid (tab) > Text Flow Direction: the Vertical option was clicked.  How come I've never noticed that Document Grid tab before?  LOL

The sidways document, by the way, had been exported to Word from PDF.  I guess setting Text Flow to Vertical was just some quirk of the conversion process.

Problem solved.  I'll close the question.
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Glad you found.
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