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The LaTeX lscape package

Version: 3.x, 4.x, 5.x - Scientific WorkPlace & Scientific Word

The lscape package creates a landscape environment within which LaTeX rotates text 90 degrees.

Note that PDF viewers support rotation, so you can use the lscape package to create rotated text in typeset PDF files in Version 5.x. However, the TrueTeX Previewer provided with the program doesn't support rotation; you must use a different DVI previewer and print driver if you want to use the lscape package to rotate text in a DVI file. Although you can use a different driver, we recommend that you leave the driver defaults unchanged. The local LaTeX installation sets the driver defaults. If you leave the configuration unchanged for your document, you can compile it without changes in another LaTeX environment.

You can define the landscape environment with commands inserted in TeX fields. The portland package produces similar results.

How to define a landscape environment

  1. Add the lscape package to your document.
  2. Place the insertion point where you want landscape orientation to begin in your document.
    Place the commands carefully so that LaTeX rotates the current page before adding the page header and footer.
  3. Enter an encapsulated TeX field.
  4. Type \begin{landscape} and choose OK.
  5. Place the insertion point where you want to return to portrait orientation.
  6. Enter an encapsulated TeX field.
  7. Type \end{landscape} and choose OK.

Many driver options are available for lscape through the Options and Packages command on the Typeset menu. The package is installed in the TCITeX/TeX/LaTeX/required/graphics directory as part of the Standard LaTeX Graphics Bundle.

Last revised 02/10/06

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