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MS Word 2016 - 20 page document. The first 16 pages are "turn page on long side"; last 4 pages are "turn page on short side".  How to configure this?

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I have a 20 page document the first 16 pages are standard 8 1/2 x 11" duplex, turn page on long side.
The final four pages are 11 x 17 BUT they need to be "turn page on short side".
How can I accomplish this without printing out the document in two separate jobs. (one job turn page on long side, next job turn page on short side).
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Karen FalandaysTraining Specialist
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You will need to insert section breaks to configure page size and orientation to be different for each section. A new section break before the last 4 pages should do the trick
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copy the last 4 pages into a new document with correct orientation and page setting.
i would recommend to do the same for the first 16 pages
then save both documents under a new appropriate name
then you can even delete the original
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If your printer can print both sizes of paper from 2 different trays, follow @Karen's section recommendation — and in the Page Setup for the tabloid-sized section, specify the appropriate tray for the larger sheets (in the "Paper" tab of Page Setup).

Your tabloid sheets are probably set "landscape" so the 11" end binds in with the 11" side of the letter-sized paper (typically in "Portrait" orientation). That option is in the "Margins" tab of the Page Setup dialog.

If you have page header/footers defined, be sure to modify them as applicable to work for the wider dimensions. By default, these elements (plus some others like page numbering) will be inherited from the previous section, so you will probably want to turn off the "Link to previous" setting for them in the contextual Header & Footer ribbon.
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The real problem here is "turn page on short side" for those last 4 pages. The driver only has one setting for the whole document.

This means that nobus' suggestion is the one that will work.

Another possibility is to use macros to print the document in 2 parts, with different driver settings.
Karen FalandaysTraining Specialist
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OK what am I missing? If a section break is inserted after page 16, user can set orientation to landscape and paper size to 11/17 for the remaining 4 pages.
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This won't be a problem if the printer can print both tabloid and letter-sized paper. The "turn page on short side" just means you need to set the orientation to "landscape" for that 4-page section — and as I noted, you need to specify the appropriate paper tray. Some printers that can do this will have a tray for tabloid; many of the lower-priced models require tabloid sizes to be hand-fed.

No extra driver is needed; Word can manage it as long as the printer has the capability.

Here's a screen shot showing a Word document with the first 3 pages set in a section using letter-sized paper in portrait orientation, followed by two pages in a section set up with tabloid-sized paper set in the landscape orientation. Note that the "first page" and "other pages" allow you to use different stock (like a heavier paper or coloured stock for a cover). In this case, I'd want to use the same tray for both of the tabloid pages.
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I think @brothertruffle880 needs to clarify the capabilities of his printer. If it is manual feed for tabloid, he'd need to follow those instructions; otherwise, the printer would do it for him.
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he confirmed my post - and no reward for me?  strange
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